TOAST Virtual Creative Residency

Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th October 2020

The annual TOAST Creative Residency aims to bring together a like-minded community of creative individuals. This year, we are hosting our first virtual Creative Residency, an online three-day programme of talks, workshops and live demonstrations.

The programme, inspired by our seasonal campaign Flux & Flow, is open to all and aims to connect individuals and foster thought. Prices for individual events vary. You will also have the opportunity to donate* to the Crafts Council UK and Textile Arts Center, New York

THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER

Kantha Embroidery with Ekta Kaul

Kantha Embroidery with Ekta Kaul

4PM – 6.30PM (BST)

Join award-winning artist Ekta Kaul to discover Kantha embroidery techniques.

Under Ekta’s guidance you will learn to use Kantha stitches to create pattern and texture. Ekta will introduce you to a dictionary of Kantha stitches through a gentle step-by-step demonstration and share the cultural context of Kantha textiles in Bengal. Tickets cost £15.

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TOAST Podcast Talk

TOAST Podcast Talk

7.30PM – 9PM (BST)

TOAST Podcast interviewer, Laura Barton, hosts a panel discussion with our TOAST Podcast speakers, Marie-Elsa Bragg and Sharmaine Lovegrove. They will discuss the ways in which they have embraced change as the very essence of their existence. Tickets cost £15.

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FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER

TOAST New Makers | Viv Lee Studio Tour

TOAST New Makers | Viv Lee Studio Tour

11AM – 11.30AM (BST)

Based in a former cigarette factory in Glasgow, ceramicist Viv Lee creates smooth-edged vessels that subtly reference the human body. During this morning event, join Viv as she shows us around her workspace and talks us through her creative process with clay. This event is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation* to Crafts Council UK or Textile Arts Center, New York.

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Katy Hessel in Conversation with Michaela Yearwood-Dan

Katy Hessel in Conversation with Michaela Yearwood-Dan

12PM – 1PM (BST)

For this discussion, art historian and founder of The Great Women Artists Instagram and Podcast Katy Hessel will be joined by contemporary British artist Michaela Yearwood-Dan to discuss the notion of Flux & Flow and how she has explored change within her work and her evolution as an artist. Tickets cost £15.

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TOAST New Makers | John Hollington Studio Tour

TOAST New Makers | John Hollington Studio Tour

1.30PM – 2PM (BST)

Explore the York-based designer’s work space and learn how he develops his minimalist creations, from sketching the design and selecting the raw materials, to forming the first prototype and producing the final product. This event is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation* to Crafts Council UK or Textile Arts Center, New York.

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Experimental Drawing with Tutors from The Royal Drawing School

Experimental Drawing with Tutors from The Royal Drawing School

3PM - 5PM (BST)

Stephanie Forrest and Rosie Vohra, practising artists and tutors from The Royal Drawing School, London, will lead a workshop exploring the notions of Flux and Flow through ink drawing and collage. Drawing from observation, words and imagination, and later re-purposing these drawings through collage, the workshop will embrace uncertainty and encourage chance in the creative process. Tickets cost £15.

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TOAST New Makers | Polly Yates Studio Tour

TOAST New Makers | Polly Yates Studio Tour

5.30PM - 6PM (BST)

Chicago-based ceramic artist Polly Yates will take us on a brief tour of key areas of her studio, showing her materials, tools and guiding us through her process. This event is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation* to Crafts Council UK or Textile Arts Center, New York.

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Craft of Use: Confronting consumerism through how we dress with Kate Fletcher

Craft of Use: Confronting consumerism through how we dress with Kate Fletcher

6.30PM - 7.30PM (BST)

Join Kate Fletcher, Research Professor, Author, Consultant and Design Activist as she leads a talk exploring our ongoing use of garments. In this evening event, Kate will explore how we might dress in our uncertain, climate-changing times, with lightness, imagination and principle. A Q&A will follow the talk. Tickets cost £20.

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Tapestry Weaving with Alicia Scardetta from Textile Arts Center, New York

Tapestry Weaving with Alicia Scardetta from Textile Arts Center, New York

8PM - 10PM (BST)

During this workshop, you will be guided by Alicia to create your own loom from a picture frame, review how to warp the frame looms, how to weave plain weave and pile weave, and experiment with colour and texture. No previous tapestry weaving experience is required. Tickets cost £20.

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SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER

Slow Sound Meditation with Christin Rauter & Leon Jean-Marie

Slow Sound Meditation with Christin Rauter & Leon Jean-Marie

10AM - 11AM (BST)

Join Christin Rauter and Leon Jean-Marie for an interactive talk on the relationship between colour and sound. Your own interpretations of slow sound will be encouraged through drawing and painting on paper. After learning about the benefits of slow sound, you will be guided on a gentle sound meditation where Christin and Leon will play live, subtly layering the audible environment for relaxation and wellbeing. Tickets cost £15.

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TOAST New Makers | Popalini & Jezando Studio Tour

TOAST New Makers | Popalini & Jezando Studio Tour

11.30AM - 12PM (BST)

Join Popalini and Jezando in their Cornish studio as they reveal the local materials they use to create their unique teapots and tea bowls. This event is free to attend, with the opportunity to make a voluntary donation* to Crafts Council UK or Textile Arts Center, New York.

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Creating a Sustainable Kitchen with Skye Gyngell & Fern Verrow’s Jane Scotter

Creating a Sustainable Kitchen with Skye Gyngell & Fern Verrow’s Jane Scotter

1PM - 2PM (BST)

A live discussion between Skye Gyngell and Jane Scotter of Fern Verrow on biodynamic farming, how eating seasonally and locally can benefit us and the environment and the importance of asking where your food comes from. Tickets cost £20.

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Ceramic Coiling & Pinching with Polly Yates

Ceramic Coiling & Pinching with Polly Yates

2.30PM - 3.30PM (BST)

Join ceramicist Polly Yates as she shares a clay coiling technique to create simple conical forms and pinch pots. This guided tutorial will look at the different ways to assemble these forms to create a number of different vessels. Tickets cost £15.

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The Japanese Art of Kintsugi with Bonnie Kemske & Iku Nishikawa

The Japanese Art of Kintsugi with Bonnie Kemske & Iku Nishikawa

4PM - 6PM (BST)

Join artist and writer Bonnie Kemske along with Kintsugi specialist Iku Nishikawa as they share their knowledge of the Japanese Art of Kintsugi. Demonstrating the origin of the technique with how-to examples of classic kintsugi along with a contemporary look at kintsugi styles being used in art and craft today. While Iku conducts her live demonstration, Bonnie and Iku will be in conversation. Tickets cost £15.

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Silk Painting with Simone Evans from Textile Arts Center, New York

Silk Painting with Simone Evans from Textile Arts Center, New York

6PM - 8PM (BST)

During this workshop, you will learn and explore silk painting techniques using dyes and a water-based resist, transferring drawings onto silk scarves. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to create a unique, hand-painted, wearable work of art. Tickets cost £20.

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This year, we have partnered with the Crafts Council, the national charity for craft, to invite an artist-in-residence to showcase their work throughout the Virtual Creative Residency. Our open call sought artists from a variety of backgrounds and creative disciplines to submit artwork exploring the seasonal theme of Flux & Flow. The selected artist will present their work at the Creative Residency, be profiled within Crafts magazine and, later, their completed work will be donated to the Crafts Council collection. To celebrate this partnership, TOAST customers can benefit from a 25% discount on a subscription to Crafts magazine, newly relaunched. Discover inspiring stories about contemporary making from across the world, as well as global exhibitions, and commentary from creative pioneers. Subscribe now using the code TOAST25 to activate your discount (applies to all levels of subscription including overseas readers).

*All donations you make will support:

Crafts Council UK in their new Let’s Craft campaign - helping to create Craft Packs for children most in need of support. The aim is to ensure that these children do not miss out on the health, wellbeing and educational benefits of creativity.

Textile Arts Center (TAC) in their Artist in Residence Scholarship Fund, which grants free tuition to one artist or designer working with textiles. Scholarship recipients demonstrate commitment to their art practice, identify with a historically underrepresented community in the arts and state the need for financial assistance to participate in the program and advance their artistic practice.



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