Urban Tapestry with Laura Lees (Saturday)
Get crafty at the RIBA with this fun and creative architectural embroidery workshop.
Image: Embroidered stoolsCredit: Laura Lees
Image: Detail of Magazine Spine Dining Chair
Credit: Laura Lees
Artist and designer Laura Lees leads this full-day freehand machine embroidery workshop exploring the urban fabric to ask: how do we make a city? You’ll be inspired by our current exhibition ‘Mies van der Rohe and James Stirling: Circling the Square’ as well as imagery from our incredible collections to design your own embroidered architectural masterpiece.
The day will begin with a short introduction and a chance to see the exhibition, then we’ll dive straight into playing and making. As the workshop progresses, Laura will steer and provide machine training, so that everyone can produce a piece of the jigsaw that becomes the final piece.
Laura will stitch together the individual pieces you create into a giant wall-hanging to be exhibited at the RIBA as part of the London Festival of Architecture in June. After the event, the work will be divided up into individual panels which you’ll then be able to collect and take home.
About Laura Lees:
Laura studied tapestry before entering the fashion world, designing and crafting unique embroidered pieces for Luella, Giles, Topshop and her own label. She’s now taken a turn towards interiors and bespoke furniture and has a particular passion for architecture, drawing inspiration from the city.
Laura’s work has been featured in the pages of Vogue, Red, The Sunday Times and the Observer among others. Her embroidery workshops have been described by Timeout as “riotously enjoyable” so don’t miss out on this special event!
Suitable for all levels; all materials will be provided, including sewing machines.
Booking online essential.