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Family workshop: design and paint mini garments with Woo Jin Joo

Saturday 17th June 2023 , 11:00am to 4:00pm

Lots of cultures use textiles and clothes to document important memories and pass on stories. From Japanese Kimonos to Indonesian Batik textiles, they are a crucial way for people to express what’s important to them and the things they hold dear.  

In this workshop for this year’s BowFest: Open Studios, taking inspiration from the Lucy Orta Traces: Stories of Migration exhibition and different clothing and traditional wear from all over the world, come along and design your own mini clothing templates and textile experiments, using fabric paint and markers to decorate your designs and show off the memories and things that matter to you. 

Children will learn how to cut out using templates, imagine their own clothing creations, and use fabric paint and other drawing and mark making techniques on textile templates. 

This event is an inclusive, friendly environment which is accessible to all abilities and age groups – all materials and equipment are provided. 

Free (Drop-in event, no booking required – all are welcome!)

More about Woo Jin Joo

Woo Jin Joo is a mixed-media artist specialising in soft sculpture. Taking cues from traditional East Asian folklore, mysticism and mythology, Woo Jin’s explores ways of re-enchanting stories around the everyday and mundane. Mediating on the value humans endow objects in our current materialist and consumerist society, Woo Jin playfully postulates a new way of living, being and learning from objects – one that is more caring and lasting. In her work, she subverts the more traditional, gently-spoken character of soft sculpture and textile, instead using them as conduits and means of engaging in the discourse around climate justice, capitalism, and more generative ways of living.   

Taking found objects that are often overlooked, unnoticed and disposable, Woo Jin stitches and embellishes, working into and onto them in a radical act of transformation that imbues her objects with their own character and voice. Through her enchanting mystical creatures, she gently encourages us to reframe our thinking around the multitude of associations that everyday objects hold.  

Woo Jin is originally from Seoul, Korea, she moved to London in 2014 to complete a BA in Textiles at Central Saint Martins and continued her studies with an MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art. She recently won the Janome Fine Art Textiles prize, Elephant Trust Fund, and was shortlisted for Hari Art Prize and East London Art Prize. 

Access information  

The Bow Arts Trust Courtyard and Courtyard Room have step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.  

Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)  

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a table near the entrance) or anything else you can think of!

Transport Information  

Opening hours: Mon-Friday, 9am to 5pm  
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ  
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.  
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.  
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.