In this workshop, Jeanette Sendler will teach you to construct a paneled under-bust corset made of Harris Tweed in standard sizes. You will use boning and a fitted lining with a simple but effective system of ties or a zip for fastening. You will explore how Harris Tweed behaves and will construct it in panels to create a line to echo and enhance the body shape. During the workshop we will discuss ideas for embellishment to add a vintage touch to your ‘corselett’. This is a concentrated workshop and basic hand and machine sewing skills are required. Bring with you a half metre (double width) of your choice of Harris Tweed, your sewing kit with pins, needles, sewing threads, tape measure, fabric and paper scissors, tailors’ chalk and a ruler. Sewing machines will be provided.
Jeanette Sendler is a hat maker, costume designer and fibre artist. Her interest in costume design developed into performance art featuring large-scale installations, rendered in knit/felt or paper. She worked in the costume departments of various theatres, including Comic Opera, Berlin and co-founded Metacorpus, a company that aimed to increase the appreciation of costume art through performance art productions. She has been involved in numerous textile residencies, working with remote Scottish communities. Her most recent was in Fife, where she has established a Textile Centre, as well as a Millinery Studio in the city of Perth. Her work is rooted in narrative and the more intimate aspects of the social history around her. She is constantly rescuing and re-inventing textiles, memories and fragments from the past.