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Everlasting Plants in Paper Plants Pots and Paper Watering Cans

Hand & Lock


Location: Hand & Lock Studios (86 Margaret Street, W1W 8TE, London) 12th-13th August 2023

In this 2 day workshop you will create everlasting paper plants in handmade plant pots that you can enjoy all year round, from found and recycled papers and botanical illustrations on the first day. Jennifer will demonstrate every step of the process, from constructing your plant pot, creating the soil and selecting which illustration to use. The flowers themselves, as well as the pot will be embellished with a range of hand stitches, including French Knots, Stem, Running and Back Stitch, and beautiful needle lace edging stitches like Cinq Point de Venise. On the second day we will go onto making a Paper Watering Can to accompany your plant pot, again using vintage recycled papers and botanical illustrations, which you will be encouraged to embellish with hand stitchAll materials and equipment are provided but you may wish to bring your owns special papers, books, maps, botanical illustrations and ephemera to personalise your work.

Paper pioneer Jennifer Collier creates exquisite sculptures from vintage recycled materials in conjunction with stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers serve as both the inspiration and the media for the work, with the narrative suggesting the forms. Through this marriage of unlikely materials old papers are transformed into something truly unique, delicate and complex.

Most recently Jennifer has been collecting rarely used, heritage stitches and discovering how to translate the art of lost stitches onto paper, as these techniques are an important part of our creative heritage and she wants to continue to invest time in them to keep them in the present, offering them onto future generations. Jennifer is giving new life to things that would otherwise go unused, unloved or be thrown away…

Jennifer completed a BA (hons) in Textiles (Print, Knit and Weave) in 1999 at Manchester Metropolitan University, is internationally exhibited, and has had her work featured in over 60 magazines and over 15 books to date.