About this Event
10 am - 2pm, drop in any time
Free - please RSVP
On Saturday 23rd September our Creative Elephant program will conclude with a free interactive weaving demonstration and yarn sale. Come and join textile specialist and hand weaver, Mairi Gillies to experience the mindful benefits of yarm windings and learn different techniques of off-loom weaving. Visitors will also get the chance to purchase yarn to take home from the event's yarn sale.
Mairi Gillies is a textile specialist and hand weaver based in London. Originally getting into textiles at a young age, it was during her BA Hons degree in woven textile design at Central Saint Martins where she found her love for weaving.
Mairi has worked as a freelance designer across both sectors of interior and fashion textiles, including exhibiting her woven textiles during London Fashion Week and having her textiles featured in ELLE UK. Her achievements have been recognised by The Heritage Craft Association, shortlisting her to the top 3 for the Young Weaver of the Year Award.
Keeping sustainable practices at the heart of everything she does, Mairi utilises repurposed materials within her weaving. Working with the ethos of ‘not needing to buy new to create new’, Mairi produces textiles of bold colour and texture which convey experimental play and communicative storytelling through woven material.
About Creative Elephant:
Hotel Elephant is pleased to present Creative Elephant, a program of events and workshops celebrating the creative and design talents of our studio members for the London Design Festival and Urban Elephant Festival. The program will include a group exhibition of artwork and objects from our members, including textiles, fashion, fine art and jewellery. The exhibition is free to attend and will run for the duration of the festival. Our events program will include participatory workshops and demonstrations from different craftspeople, alongside an evening talk about Chinese Filigree for the Southwark Design District lates program.
About Hotel Elephant:
Hotel Elephant is a not-for-profit workspace provider, based in Southwark with over 14 years of experience delivering workspace, exhibitions, events, and education spaces in the Elephant and Castle. Our goal is to provide and safeguard long-term space for arts, culture, and creative enterprise in London.
In 2016 Hotel Elephant launched Spare Street, a dedicated and permanent Creative Enterprise hub in the Elephant and Castle. In the Summer of 2022, Hotel Elephant opened a new site in a former school building, providing high-quality workspaces for artists, makers, and creative businesses which are secure for 5 years. Currently, Hotel Elephant has over 175 members across our studio locations who work within a broad range of different arts and creative industries.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Hotel Elephant, 5 Spare Street, London, United Kingdom