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Textile mending with Celia Pym

Join this workshop with artist Celia Pym and learn how to repair your knitwear considering the tenderness and care of mending.


What to expect

Practice mending techniques on knitting with no previous darning, knitting, needle-based experience necessary.

Bring your own garment of choice to be repaired – a holey sweater or sock!

Learn about artists working with repair and develop skills in woven and fake ‘knitted’ darning most useful for knitted garments.

There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing your own well-loved garments that have holes. Please bring along any damaged items that you would like to discuss repair options for.

Celia’s interests are around the evidence of damage – through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have worn. In clothing, this wearing often has to do with the use and how the body moves. She explores the difficulties of mending other people’s clothes, the materials used for mending, and making the damage visible.

'Darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear out.', Celia Pym.

#secondhandfirst #repair

Work by Celia Pym


About Celia Pym

Since 2007, Celia has been exploring mending working with garments that belong to individuals and museum archives. She has extensive experience with the spectrum and stories of damage, from small moth holes to larger accidents with fire. Her recent work of amended paper bags created during the lockdown is on display in our exhibition Waste Age: What can design do? Visit @celiapym


Booking information

Adult: £60
Student: £45
Members: £45

Light refreshments, equipment and materials will be provided.

For your safety, we are operating at a reduced capacity for our events. Increased cleaning has also been implemented across the museum. Face masks are mandatory unless exempt.

Please note that this workshop will be held in person at the Design Museum. However, in the event of strict COVID-19 restrictions, it will be streamed digitally and notification of the decision will be given one week ahead of the event.


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Related Exhibition

Waste Age: What can design do?

We are living in the age of waste. Is design the answer to leaving our throwaway culture behind?

Background image by Celia Pym.