Paper, yarn and exploration: re-shaping old stories workshop with Ines Seidel

Course Overview

Paper, Yarn & Exploration: Reshaping old stories

In this workshop we will transform flat paper into three-dimensional objects. We reshape old books, packaging material or plain paper sheets and discover their unused potential. In combination with yarns and threads we create patterns that are inspired by nature and the characteristics of the material at hand. We enjoy the process of making and the freedom of not having to know exactly what our results will look like.

During the workshop we explore different methods by which to either disintegrate or recreate paper surfaces. Based on this you will develop your personal projects – be it unusual jewellery, tactile wall hangings or small sculptures. Fun inspirational exercises are inserted to prevent getting stuck. You will also get tailored tips on how to further develop your ideas back at home.

This workshop is available to all ability levels. The techniques we use build on very basic hand-stitching, crocheting and paper moulding (with wallpaper glue).Some experience with crocheting would be an advantage.

Bring along paper (e.g. from books, newspapers, packaging, diaries etc) that you want to transform plus various yarns – from sewing yarn to cotton thread to thick wool. Choose colours you like and maybe even some you have trouble with. Don’t forget a set of sewing needles and crochet hooks that work for thin and thick yarns. If you are interested in jewellery making you may want to bring along specific supplies such as locks. But most of all bring curiosity!

Teacher Profile


Ines is best known for her creative fibre experiments and altered books. Her favourite materials are those that are apparently no longer useful, but are still rich with associations

Think discarded books, old newspapers, plastic bags or cast-off textiles. Ines’ background in communication and linguistic studies is often visible in the objects she creates. Yet, her approach to fibres remains playful and relies on the simple techniques she learned as a child, such as weaving or crocheting. Ines has taught workshops in paper art and experimental drawing in Germany.

Materials List

Ines will bring some annealed florist wire (gauge 0,65 mm) as this is the binding wires usually working with, plus some paper and wallpaper glue that everyone can use (cost $3 – 5  per person)

In addition, please bring:

  • a selection of papers (e.g. tissue paper, book pages, newspaper, paper with organic fibers)
  • small pliers
  • additional wire, especially if you like to try coloured wires or thinner wires (available in craft shops)
  • all purpose glue
  • Additional material of your choice: e.g. beads, buttons, fabric, yarn, found objects, crochet yarn and hooks,…
  • optional: sketch pad and pens for making sketches

A containter to transport your artwork home

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.


17 Jan 2020 - 19 Jan 2020


09:30 AM - 04:30 PM





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Workshop Attendee $460

Paper, yarn and exploration: re-shaping old stories workshop with Ines Seidel

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