Looking After Paper Bags: Mending Waste
In this workshop, artist Celia Pym asks us to think about the value of waste; looking at our everyday use of paper bags and paper packaging as we slowly mend the bags and containers with stitch, patching, and darning.
We will repurpose used materials such as paper bags, that wrap and carry our lunch, fruit, vegetables, pastries, breads, medicines, and books, as well as other used paper containers like cups and boxes.
We will use the marks to lead the mending – repairing tears and reinforcing thin areas. The damage and traces of use lead the mending, highlighting the life of the bag and telling a story about our everyday habits.
If you can, please bring your own wastepaper container or bag (cleaned). Ideally the packaging and containers will already have been used and have marks, tears, scrunches, and folds from being carried and from carrying their contents.
This is a free workshop, available for all. No previous experience necessary. The mended works will be left on display as part of the exhibition. If you wish to keep your creation, you can collect it after the exhibition ends in January.
The workshops are drop-in, but please do book a slot to give an indication of numbers.