A photo of scraps of paper, folded neatly with typed French letters on them, alongside a scrap of turquoise fabric.
Online Workshop
Somerset House Studios

Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy | Rebecca Jagoe: 'I beseech thee' Embroidering Textual Amulets Workshop

From Wed 24 Feb 2021

This workshop is pre-recorded and will be available to take part in from this date.

Online Workshop

For Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy, artist Rebecca Jagoe leads an embroidery workshop that reflects on the power of language as a tool to help exercise personal boundaries and to re-engage with time.

Through the act of making a text memento, you are invited to recognise the empowerment in saying no. Based on the Western medieval practice of textual amulets, you will make your own embroidered amulet and an accompanying carrying pouch, out of scrap fabric. The amulet, which you can carry with you, serves as reminder to be less productive, to rest more and to reengage with circadian and seasonal time.
During the workshop Jagoe will take you on a meandering train of thought on the power of words and language to create worlds and create ourselves. They will cover the everyday magic of performative speech acts, the imperialist violence of standardised clock time in Western culture and more, taking reference from the likes of Sylvia Wynter, Judith Butler and Legacy Russell.

The workshop is about slowing down; you can participate as much or as little as you would like or are able. At the beginning of the workshop, Jagoe will describe the entire structure of the session, so you will know what to expect, and there will be no unanticipated surprises.

Additional information

  • Suitable for beginners
  • A complimentary workshop kit of embroidery silk and needles was made available to the first 30 individuals who signed up, but you can embroider on whatever you have to hand. Our supplier is happy to take orders from participants individually for £3.95 per pack – including needles and embroidery silk. All you need to do is email info@thewoolcroft.co.uk
  • If you do not have any of these materials don’t worry, we will also give instructions for making the textual amulet out of paper
  • All images and video audio-described

Note: The original workshop release date (23 Feb) has been re-scheduled - the workshop will be now be available from 13.00, 24 Feb. 

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About the artist

Rebecca Jagoe is an Irish artist based in Wales, whose practice encompasses performance, sculpture, textiles, writing, and drawing. Their work is a material memoir which examines how their own experiences of illness and gender, have been informed by specific Western cultural narratives. In particular, their work explores how within European culture, the Feminine is constructed at the meeting point of medical rhetoric and the aesthetics of mainstream fashion. In 2020, their work has been shown online by Wysing (Cambridge, UK) and La Casa Encedida (Madrid, Spain), and they performed at CCA Goldsmiths (London, UK) before lockdown. They have recently shown work at Jupiter Woods (London, 2019)), South London Gallery (2019), and the Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2018). Their writing has been published by Hotel magazine (forthcoming), the Happy Hypocrite (Issue 11, The Silver Bandage), and Frieze magazine, among others. In 2021 they will produce an online broadcast performance with Site Gallery. 

Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy is a dynamic programme of new commissions, films, workshops, and conversations considering both our individual health and collective wellbeing by exploring societal and ecological issues that affect both people and planet.   

Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy is kindly supported by the Adonyeva Foundation.