Experimental Goldwork Embroidery Workshop with Elnaz Yazdani
About the workshop
We are really excited to welcome Elnaz Yazdani for her Experimental Goldwork Embroidery workshop. This accompanies our Strands of Place and Time exhibition, which features a collection of contemporary jewellery Elnaz has made in response to an 18th century panel of Persian goldwork embroidery in our collection.
The workshop will begin with a short tour of Strands of Place and Time with Elnaz to see her work on display in the exhibition. Then Elnaz will take you on a journey exploring the history and techniques used in the 18th century Persian goldwork she was inspired by while exploring the experimental potential that goldwork has to offer. Elnaz will guide you through a variety of beautiful goldwork stitches and show you how to use alternative and experimental materials to create your own unique piece of experimental goldwork art. You will work in a range of colours (not just gold) and explore their creative outcomes.
Experimental Goldwork is an embroidery process that will get you thinking outside the box and send you home feeling inspired to embroider with a range of new materials. It is easy to find the beauty and potential for embroidery using a wide range of alternative materials if you use your imagination.
Included in your ticket is your very own experimental goldwork kit, so you can carry on with your work beyond the workshop.
This is a beginners to intermediate workshop and all levels are welcome. Suitable for 16+ and adults.
The maximum number of participants for this workshop is 12.
This workshop is supported by Padiham Townscape Heritage with Heritage Lottery Funding.
About Elnaz Yazdani
Elnaz Yazdani is a contemporary jewellery maker and embroidery teacher based across the Northwest and Yorkshire. Elnaz is dedicated to sharing and teaching the importance of embroidery practice by combining traditional and modern processes. She has taught Embroidery at the University of Huddersfield for 4 years, is an associate lecturer at Manchester School of Art, runs the embroidery classes for the social enterprise Stitch_Up and is a member of The Whitworth’s contemporary textile handling resource TACTILE.
Elnaz’ practice explores modern ways of developing traditional embroidery skills. She uses alternative and unconventional materials to challenge traditional ways of working within her jewellery collections and textile work.
You can see Elnaz’ work as part of our ‘Strands of Place and Time’ exhibition 11 July – 3 November 2019, and join her in her embroidery workshops accompanying the exhibition: Contemporary Embroidery 27 July; Goldwork Embroidery 21 September and Experimental Goldwork Embroidery 19 October.
To find out more about Elnaz, visit her website at elnazyazdani.com or instagram @elnazyazdani
About the venue
Gawthorpe Hall is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan country house. It can be chilly in the Hall even in the summer, so please bring a warm layer to wear. Due to the historic nature of the building there is limited wheelchair accessibility (only to the ground floor). There are some external steps and many internal stairs. The workshop is held in the Library which is reached via a staircase. There are additional stairs to access the rest of the building, including the textile galleries.
There is free parking for visitors, approximately 150 yards from the Hall, with mobilty access closer to the Hall.
There is a National Trust tea-room (open 11am-4.30pm) and picnic area. Food and drink are not allowed in the Hall, including the Library workshop space (except bottled water). Toilets are located in the courtyard near to the tea-room (there are no public toilets in the Hall).
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