The date has been set for the official workshop, and it will be 24 October (2.30-5.30 at The Poetry Café in Covent Garden). This workshop will give me a chance to test my research thesis and the idea of ‘affective archaeology’ with a larger group. The event is open to everyone over 18 because I want to see what type of people the workshop attracts and if there will be any patterns or linking theme among the narratives shared during the afternoon. The group is limited to 10 people due to the sensitive nature of the process and based on Alice’s previous experience with poetry workshops, and because a smaller group is also better in terms of observing change and finding new knowledge for my research.
Would you like to investigate the feelings and memories your clothing holds through a creative storytelling process, and find the poetry that is stitched along the seams? Come join a two-part workshop designed for poetical exploration of clothing and discover your personal narrative in a new way. During the first session we will extract the raw material from the clothing, while the second workshop (optional) focuses on turning your personal findings into a story. The workshop is part of designer/artist Henrica Langh’s MA research and is being realised in collaboration with writer/poet Alice Hiller.
My collaborating partner, Alice, has shared the link with some of her poetry contacts. She told me there has been ‘lots of positive feedback’ regarding the workshop, and five people have already registered so we are off to a good start.
'Dear Poets I'm going to be collaborating with Henrica Langh at 2.30 on 24 of October at the Poetry Café on a free workshop working with clothes and memories. I'm facilitating the writing processes and Henrica is leading the workshop. We have trialled one together already and I got an interesting poem afterwards from the material that came out of it. For those of you who came to the Stanza Bonanza - Henrica did the performance art piece around a meeting that may or may not have been a meeting. She wore a black dress and had long auburn hair. It comes out of research for Henrica's MA. Henrica is also a fashion designer and performance artist. I'm interested in developing it to work with people who express alternative identities through drag at a later stage.' - quoted with permission from Alice Hiller
P.S. I have also created a new blog, which will act as a more official record of my research, because I did not want to link the event page to my learning log.