Yodomo Workshops at the London College of Fashion
On September 26, BA Menswear students at the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London was treated to the Yodomo experience, with a selection of workshops that gave them insight into a variety of traditional textile crafts.
Students had the option of attending workshops on Modern Embroidery with Rebeckah Kemi Apara of Embellished Talk, macramé techniques with By-Me Katie, basket weaving with Tabara B’Diaye of La Basketry and sashiko with Barley Massey from Fabrications.
Rebeckah taught students how to add a modern twist to the decorative art of embroidery, from transferring a design to splitting the thread to the proper ways of using tools.
Katie gave guidance on the art of macramé by showing students a variety of knotting techniques, including the spiral knot. She taught participants how to properly start and finish a wall hanging and provided colourful rope for each person to use.
Tabara shared her skills in basket weaving by demonstrating the intricate ways to start a basket weaving project, different weaving techniques involved and lessons on the materials used.
Barley showed students how to use the hand-stitching technique of sashiko to adorn garments whilst reinforcing the fabrics. She talked through the history of sashiko and provided the materials for students to try out the techniques themselves.
The participants were able to try out new techniques with colourful materials and expert guidance. The techniques learned can be employed in future menswear projects, adding unique details to designs.