Quick, Quick, Slow: The Therapeutic Nature of Stitch
In our 125th year, join us to create a wall hanging which reflects your feelings, emotions and interests whether from nature, our collections or your own personal experience of life. It is a voyage of discovery for us all and we hope you will enjoy the slow, rhythmic and incremental nature of stitching which will enhance your wellbeing and contribute to an amazing work of art. NOTE: Due to the ongoing pandemic we are currently having to pause this project, as the studio is currently closed. Please do take this time to save up your ideas, so that when we are back in the studio we can send you squares of linen and you can help us make this project a wonderful collaboration. If you have your square already completed, please hold back sending them to us until after June.
Tucked away in Norfolk is the National Trust's Textile Conservation Studio; here a team of specialists undertake textile conservation work for places around the country, from large scale tapestries to small-scale dolls house furniture. As part of the National Trust's 125th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we are embarking on a new project and would like your help.
Working with award-winning textile artist, Sara Impey, we would like to create a piece of artwork from stitched contributions from our local community to encapsulate the hectic nature of life and the sense of calm that stitch can offer.
" ...stitch and memory, stitch and time and the ways textiles connect us to the past, both in our own lives and more generally."
For centuries stitched textiles have been used to illustrate contemporary events and they remain a powerful way to explore current themes.
Sara Impey is a textile artist, specialising in quiltmaking, who uses her background in journalism and the language of the written word within her pieces.
Alongside our community wall hanging, we hope to work with Sara Impey to create a quilted piece that will include machine stitched lettering that reflects both the artist's and participants’ feelings and the value placed on textiles as witnesses to life in our properties, She would interpret the therapeutic nature of stitch through stitched text, combining thread and words.