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Fabric of Home | Amy Pitt

  • South Lawn, Oldway Mansion Torquay Rd Paignton TQ3 2TY (map)

An invitation to join a multitude of machine and hand-sewing makers to create a map of what home means to us. Working alongside artist Amy Pitt, we will create a miniature handmade landscape of Torbay and beyond if the journey takes us there! The landscape will grow up from the lawns at Oldway Mansion mapping our homes, roots, dreams, memories and everyday life.

The making will be ongoing and the map will be growing from 10am – 6pm on each day.

To be part of our army of 500+ makers you can register below.  

Not a maker? Bring a picnic and join us for a day as the work unfolds.

From March to May, Amy Pitt and textiles artists from across Torbay are working with local sewing groups to create the foundations of the map that explores what home means to us, and what we sew and make at home.

We are inspired by Singer and the invention of the domestic sewing machine. Built in 1873, Oldway Mansion was the home of the Singer Family. Isaac Singer designed the first sewing machine produced en masse for leisure and domestic use, opening up new opportunities for ordinary households to make their own clothes, designs and products.

Suitable for all ages.

Booking info

For sewers

Register your interest and book a slot below. We are providing a selection of treadle, hand-crank and electric machines to use.

If you plan to come last-minute, we’re keeping a few spaces for people just to show up and take over. You might need to wait a while but hopefully there’ll be time and room for everyone to get involved. If in doubt, register your interest (however late) and we’ll let you know roughly where you are in the queue if we can.

For non-sewers
To join us and not sew, just turn up!

Full dates, times & locations

Sat 8th June & Sun 9th June
10am – 6pm

South Lawn, Oldway Mansion, Torquay Road, Paignton TQ3 2TY

Find out more about the artist:

Artist Website | Artist Instagram

Access info

Step-free and wheelchair-user access
There will be ramped access onto the South Lawn for wheelchair users, however the lawn area may not be suitable for non-power-assisted wheelchairs. A number of sewing stations will be positioned on the accessible gravel-surface path between the lawn and Oldway Mansion. If you would like to join the sew and require a specific height sewing table, please add your requirements and contact details during online registration. 

Between 7th and 16th June 2018, there will be no public parking available at the Oldway Mansion site, and vehicular access will be limited. If you have mobility needs (including if you are arriving with your own sewing machines) our traffic stewards will guide you to the drop-off point in front of the Mansion. Please click [here] for suggestions on best areas to park locally.

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