Study Day

Thursday 13 May 2021, 9-10.30am / 2-4pm / 7-8.30pm BST

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This free one-day online event provides space for people with interests in participatory textile making activities – whether participants, facilitators, researchers or commissioners – to come together and share experiences, insights and challenges.

It is organised and hosted by the coordinators of the Stitching Together network: Dr Emma Shercliff (Arts University Bournemouth) and Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd (Nottingham Trent University). The network fosters critical dialogue around participatory textile making methods in research and practice and has been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council from January 2019 to June 2021. 

The event is divided into three sessions, spaced throughout the day. Each session will include presentations and discussions, plus an opportunity to meet other attendees in a breakout room. You are welcome to attend as many or as few of the sessions as you wish. All of the main-room activities will be recorded and shared on this website after the event.

40-60 minutes of pre-recorded content linked to each live session, which attendees are encouraged to watch before the relevant live session, is available:

The content includes both presentations recorded especially for the event and a selection of short films exploring different aspects of participatory textile making, screened in association with FilmGeographies (see below).

Because we like to make together – not just talk about making – we invite you, just for fun, to stitch a textile representation of a building of your choice ready to share at the Study Day. You can find more details in the Stitch a Building blog post. There’s also a live participatory Stitch Meditation activity to join in Session 2 – check the Session 2 page for details of what you’ll need to have with you!

Closed captions will be made available during the live event. Please get in touch if you have any further accessibility needs.

A follow-on networking session will take place on Thursday 3 June, 2-4pm BST to support the Stitching Together community to share new ideas, make new contacts and seed new projects. All welcome! Further details here.

Session 1: 9-10.30am BST (check the time in your time zone)

9.00-9.10 Welcome

9.10-10.00 Live presentations and discussions, with contributions from Brenda Miller, Mah Rana, Jessica Jacobs, Katherine Townsend, Sally Stone and others

10.00-10.20 Breakout conversations

10.20-10.30 Wrap up

Session 2: 2-4pm BST (check the time in your time zone)

2.00-2.10 Welcome

2.10-3.00 Live presentations and discussions, with contributions from Jemma Bagley, Catherine Reinhart, Sarah Green, Emma Aurelia, Lynn Setterington, Sarah Brown and others

3.00-3.20 Breakout conversations

3.20-3.30 Wrap up

3.30-4.00 Optional: stitch meditation with Jane Cook

Session 3: 7-8.30pm BST (check the time in your time zone)

7.00-7.10 Welcome

7.10-8.00 Live presentations and discussions, with contributions from Heather Schulte, Alicia Decker, Daniela Lara Espinoza, Jo McIntosh and others

8.00-8.20 Breakout conversations

8.20-8.30 Wrap up

FilmGeographies collaboration

For the Study Day Stitching Together has joined forces with FilmGeographies to extend our shared interests in exploring innovative research methodologies, and in particular the use of film and video to document and present the making processes at the heart of participatory textile making activities.

Filmmaking allows us to visualise ideas, thoughts and hypotheses and to capture, frame and document process – but also to explore the affective, non-representational and performative, rendering visible what is often invisible. Film and video convey a connection between place and the things people do, in a different way to text.

The collection of films shared via the Study Day is intended as a starting point from which to initiate discussion around the use of film and video in the research process; the ethics of representation; the practical knowledge, skills and equipment required; and the challenges and limitations of this approach.