‘Thread Tensions’ – Workshop with artist Samiya Younis
March 17, 2018 11-2pm, Free
In response to the screening of South Asian Britain on Film at Rabbits Road Institute, artist Samiya Younis invites you to join her for some time in the studio exploring cultural identity through making artworks with clothes, fabrics and materials.
Samiya is currently studying for her Masters in Fine Art: Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. Her work explores her own identity and cultural displacement, inequalities, domesticity, and repression. She works across media through paintings, drawings, performance, sound and sculpture.
This workshop will begin by looking at Samiya’s own practice and current work exploring her identity and culture, the partition of India, migration, exile and colonial violence through fabrics and stitch. Pieces of pre-owned South Asian women’s clothing (Salwar Kameez and Saree’s) sourced from charity shops and storage bags used to transport her belongings through times of struggle, are torn, painstakingly hand stitched and merged together with pure indian silks and cottons.
Participants will be encouraged to come with items of their own clothing and throughout the workshop think about the history, cultural charge or codes carried in the fabrics.
What do these pieces of clothing say about you? What dialogue or politics do your clothes carry? How do you feel wearing them? How do they feel against your skin? Are they restricting in any way or give you a sense of freedom?
Participants will work on individual or joint pieces to create stitched, sculptural, drawn works. During discussion and practical making participants will develop their own artworks in a relaxed and safe studio environment.