30th November Celia Pym – Other People’s Clothes
Wednesday 30th November 3-5pm in MB1121
The Creative Process Research Unit presents
A talk and workshop with Artist Celia Pym
“Traditionally intended to offer an invisible solution Celia Pym uses darning as a form of expression, [here] held up for all to see. Her work is concerned with care: how we support and help others, illustrated through fixing other people’s things.” (Katy Bevan, Selvedge, 2015)
Pym makes darned garments, knitted and embroidered textiles and public textile events. She loves a heavy darn and the feel of really worn down wool; the evidence of use in holes and where they occur; working with other people’s problems and the tenderness that can come with repair. She works surfaces closely like a detective and loves the way a darn looks: “wobbly frayed edges against confident solid filled in spots.”
Pym has exhibited across the UK, France, Italy, Norway, Japan and USA. Most recently in Love the Yarn: Festival of Love with Lasmin Salmon (ActionSpace)(2015) Royal Festival Hall,
Southbank Center and What do I need to do to make it ok? (2015) Pump House Gallery, London. Recent collaborations include 59 Sorties (2016), with Nouveau Musee National de Monaco and Parallel Practices Residency (Crafts Council/Kings Cultural Institute) (2014-2016) with Dr Richard Wingate exploring anatomy and mending in KCL’s Dissecting Room.
Celia Pym studied Sculpture at Harvard University and Textiles at The Royal College of Art, London. She is a qualified nurse and teaches part time as a visiting lecturer in textiles at Royal College of Art and University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She lives and works in London.