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Royal School of Needlework: Digital Opens Doors

posted 30 May 2020, 09:03 by Suella Postles

Digital Opens Doors & Continues 
  to Lead the Way

 June 2020

Dear Supporter,

We hope that you have enjoyed our floral theme during May, which might well roll in to June thanks to the wonderful weather we are having during lockdown, and this week we shine the Spotlight on two 3rd year Degree students’ final Major Projects which are both inspired by flowers.

STOP PRESS: Put Wednesday 10 June at 7pm in your diary now and join RSN Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, for an Instagram Live session. Susan will be answering your questions about the RSN, its Archive, Collection and history, as well as giving you some inside gossip on things she has learned whilst working on the story of the RSN for our 150th anniversary in 2022! This Live event is free to join which you can access through the RSN Instagram account and we have chosen a time which makes the Live session accessible to a maximum number of our followers, including those of you in North America. There’s an opportunity for you to put your questions to Susan in advance, underneath our Instagram post of 29 May or by contacting the Marketing team.


The RSN is delighted to join Islington Square on their Chapter Two series, ‘Time Well Spent’, during which they are hosting a series of online workshops and talks spanning well-being, living well, crafts and things to do with children. We are bringing you a special four part 'RSN Summer Series' with RSN Future Tutors Course Leader Kelley Aldridge, learning how to make a ‘Floral Posy’. All workshops and activities on the Islington Square website are free of charge during the period of lockdown, however we are encouraging participants to donate towards the mental health charity ‘Mind’. We know that hand embroidery can be soothing and therapeutic in troubling times, it can encourage calm, focused work and a relaxed state of mind. At a time when it is difficult to come together, we invite you to join us in supporting the vital work that Mind in Islington, London, are doing to help the most vulnerable in the wider community. Watch Kelly's RSN Summer Series Introduction video and sign up to their Newsletter for further workshop information and to book your RSN place (scroll to bottom of their web page and tick the T&Cs box).

'Floral Posy' for RSN Summer Series by Kelley Aldridge

If you have not yet caught up with our recent Fiber Talk Podcast then put the kettle on and listen to Susan and Kelley discuss how the RSN is adapting to current restrictions by encouraging our students to learn Online, live and direct.
In their recent joint manifesto, the British Fashion Council (BFC) and The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) state, “The creation of less product, with higher levels of creativity and quality, will be valued and their shelf life will increase”. So, we open the RSN Embroidery Studio doors to the large ‘Red Carpet Green Dress’ commission worn by Naomie Harris in 2013 which brings this statement closer to home and illustrates the ‘shelf life’ of hand embroidery when it comes to timeless fashion.

For a happy ending to your half term break, the RSN is encouraging children to stitch their own fun ‘RSN Postcard From Home’, whether with their family or friends, to ‘show and tell’ when they return to school. They might keep their Postcard forever in memory of this historical period in time, or choose to post it to someone who they have not seen since lockdown. And don’t forget to stitch your name and date for future generations to look back on, which is very easy with a Postcard!
As has become a recent tradition in our eNews, we close with a lovely message from Lyn in New Zealand who refers to the ‘RSN Selfie Project’ which we are running with UK schools, “I was delighted to see your article on young folks stitching a portrait of themselves! I am a passionate stitcher, having completed the Diploma of Stitched Textiles Level 3 a few years ago. During that time, I worked in a School and I was asked by the Design Tech teacher to teach Year 10 (14 year olds ) to smock. They took to it ‘like a duck to water' and we had 15 fabulous smockers ! Australian Smocking and Embroidery Magazine (now defunct) even ran a 2 page article on it! We are in 'Lockdown' times in NZ with CV and the one thing I'm loving time to do is embroidery!! Stay safe and sane, from the other side of the world!”

Enjoy a sunny weekend!