Outcomes of the 2nd Young Persons Art Club Project ‘Textile Characters’ at The Customs House


Our second project was to create a textile character linked and inspired to Paul Shriek’s solo exhibition of costumes at The Customs House called ‘Leopard’.

Paul Shriek is a North East based designer who has worked in theatre across the UK and helped design the costumes for the Customs House pantomime last year ‘Aladdin’.

The young artists used this project to explore how costume designers work focusing on colour, pattern and sewing skills.

A range of design ideas for our textile creatures
A range of design ideas for our textile creatures

Children learned a range of textile skills including how to thread and knot a needle; how to start and finish sewing; running stitch; backstitch and applique.

Many members of the young persons art club had little or no experience of sewing so I am absolutely delighted with the characters that they created and feel they have developed confidence in a new area of art, craft and design.

Final Textile Characters produced by Customs House Young Persons Art Club
Final Textile Characters produced by Customs House Young Persons Art Club

Participants also briefly had the opportunity to meet and chat to Paul Shriek which they enjoyed a great deal- there favourite thing was his use of colour and pattern along with his contagious laughter.

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Useful links

The Customs House  is a theatre, cinema and gallery that offers a range of fantastic activities that suit all ages and abilities in South Shields.

Ch-arted  is a new, accessible, exciting and engaging website where you will find a range of free and paid for educational tools, projects, class room activities and much more!

Explore further…

If you liked this post you might like my page on “Workshops an Drop-in sessions”because you might like me to plan and deliver a project for your community group, school or business.

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