with Tala Barbotin Khalidy
The Embroidery as a Healing Practice workshop aims to introduce embroidery to participants as a way to surpass trauma and heal themselves through craft in a safe and nurturing space. The workshops are designed for the participants to develop confidence by learning a craft that is not cumbersome, applicable to a range of uses (patches, embellishments, clothing repairs etc.) and that at its core values promotes patience and understanding, and increases focus and clarity.
Embroidery work enables the participants to evaluate the space they currently take up in the world and what takes up the space in their minds, through stitches to look forward to and conversations about the participants’ relationships with themselves and their bodies, as well as their journey through life and intentions for the future. The practice also increases the development of motor skills, helpful to counter the physical limitations of every day life movements or to prevent arthritis.
This class will continue to teach basic embroidery stitches and how to create different textures on fabric, but participants will also be encouraged to think about embroidery as a construction method, and how embroidery can be used to create figurative motifs or a more experimental 3D work with fabric. All materials will be included and provided at the beginning of class, and participants will be able to take an embroidery hoop and needle home with them if they wish.
Tala is a fashion designer and educator currently teaching embroidery as an occupational therapy craft at the Womankind NGO, helping residents that have been through sexual violence, domestic violence, as well as human trafficking, to find healing in craft and elaborate plans for their future outside of the residence. Having experienced the benefits of embroidery work herself in the wake of the 2016 election and after going through a family loss. She believes sharing the practice with others who need it can be a great tool for fostering empathy and growth. Embroidery has played a central role in Tala’s career in both fashion design and community work, and her work has been published in several publications including i-D or Suitcase Magazine. She is currently starting her own brand based on the therapeutic and cultural exploration of embroidery as a construction method. You can view her work on talabarbotinkhalidy.com