Touchy Textiles

22 June 2019


Venue: Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road, E14 7HA

Organiser: Rosina Godwin and EK Gerdin-Miosga

Rosina Godwin, studied City & Guilds Embroidery, and later gained a BA Hons degree in Fine Art. Recent projects include, running several experimental knitting workshops, delivering a paper entitled Freudian Knits at In the Loop, Winchester School of Art, and exhibiting in Art Number 23 Metamorphosis show in Slovakia. EK Gerdin-Miosga, I am a London based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, working with mixed media such as video, sculpture, textiles and installation. I focus on social and cultural contexts, including the importance of touch for the elderly, as well as the value of activities in care homes.

Exhibition, invites visitors to handle the artworks to explore the power of touch, where different surfaces can evoke past memories, thoughts and feelings. Our work explores both feminist and mental health issues, where the therapeutic properties of touch can improve the wellbeing of the elderly, dementia sufferers and people with disabilities, while also being beneficial for everyone.

Rosina Godwin’s tactile knitted sculptures fuse nurture with repulsion, as the biomorphic forms transport the familiar into the alien. EK Gerdin-Miosga’s work focuses on the importance of touch using textiles and mixed media using a tactile approach.

Workshop, 2-3 hour session exploring the exhibition themes, participants will be able to combine with stitch with mixed media collage to create their own personal memory cloth:-

•Darning and patching, as a metaphor for emotional repair and healing. •Quilting, using the multi-layers to symbolise buried emotions and memories. •Colour, to convey feelings.

All levels of ability welcome - the workshop is aimed at adults with an interest in mixed media art, wishing to create an experimental sample, rather than a finished piece. Various samples and sketchbooks will be on display to inspire further experimentation after the session.