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Embellishing the Flaw: in principle and practice

visible mending image: Deborah Crowe
embroidery threads image: Deborah Crowe
Deborah Crowe image: Gary Watson
3 Oct 2020
1 - 5pm Sat 3 October 2020
A visible mending workshop with Deborah Crowe, where stitching is a storyteller and mending matters!
Event type: 
Art, Craft, Workshop/Seminar
Studio One Toi Tū
1 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011


Do you have a special garment or textile item that has worn away, is stained, or needs some attention? Incorporating an illustrated informal talk about the use of stitch in contemporary art and object, join artist and educator Deborah Crowe for a stimulating and fun afternoon workshop of making your textile pieces and treasured items last longer. Working with visible hand mending, you will design and stitch a repair embellishment for the precious piece you bring along. Other fabrics and threads will be provided (some donated vintage threads). Alongside stitching we’ll touch on traditional and contemporary approaches to the notion of repair, textiles, memory, and the role of cloth in material culture. 

Honor your garment or textile piece with a little TLC and have fun working with your hands!

Suitable for beginning stitchers, or those with experience.

Max participants : 12

Bring your textile piece to repair (all other materials are provided).

To enrol contact Studio One – Toi Tū on or 09 376 3221

Some student feedback from previous delivery of this workshop:

"Liked the slide show and then hands-on try; relaxed atmosphere, lovely and well prepared; being exposed to so many styles of stitching & having the freedom to do what I wanted, I loved that it didn’t have to be perfect; the freedom - no judgement; good introduction to variety of artists and methods; really enjoyed seeing all the thoughts and ideas other people had, the showing of ideas and encouragement; Hands on, everything provided."


Tutor background

Trained in the Embroidered and Woven Textiles department of the Design Faculty at Glasgow School of Art, Deborah Crowe has been exhibiting in various art and design contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas since 1986. 

All my creative practice – whether it’s installation, object, digital work, or teaching is underpinned with the notion of making through stitching and weaving elements together

Crowe's work has been selected and won awards in national exhibitions for small sculpture, textiles, objects, drawing, painting and printmaking, and fashion design. She co-owned and co-designed for Fraser Crowe clothing label and her artwork is represented in collections including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, The Dowse Art Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Wallace Arts Trust. Deborah judged the 2018 Molly Morpeth 3D Award, is an ART Venture Creative Entrepreneur Award recipient, Founder of Crowe Creative Art Services and a Trustee on the Boards of Objectspace, Aotearoa’s leading public gallery dedicated to the fields of applied arts, design, craft and architecture and the New Zealand Fashion Museum, Aotearoa’s only digital museum. She has been teaching in tertiary institutions and community settings for over 30 years.

Written by

Deborah Crowe // Crowe Creative Art Services

21 Jul 2020

Crowe Creative is an art service business run by artist Deborah Crowe. Delivering expertise in three strands – mentoring, workshops and consulting. Crowe Creative is small and client focused, tailoring services to the particular needs of the individual, the group or business.