THESE HOSTED EMBROIDERY SESSIONS ARE FOR WOMEN TO FIND CATHARSIS AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE AND EXPRESS THEIR STORIES. THE INTENTION OF THE SESSIONS IS TO ENCOURAGE DIFFERENT FEMALE DEMOGRAPHICS TO COME TOGETHER AND DISCUSS SUBJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE BODY AND FEMALE HEATH; THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR BODIES AND THE EXPERIENCES THAT MAY HAVE EFFECTED THIS.

USING THE OLD AGE TRADITION OF WOMEN COMING TOGETHER FOR A STITCH AND BITCH TO OFFER A RECOGNISABLE AND COMFORTABLE SPACE FOR WOMEN TO INITIATE THE DISCUSSION, AS WELL AS OFFERING THEM A SECONDARY FORM OF RELEASE THROUGH THE MEDITATIVE ACTIONS OF EMBROIDERY.

AS SOMEONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCED AN EMOTIONAL CHANGE WITH HER BODY DUE TO GYNAECOLOGICAL PAIN AND THE CHALLENGE TO FIND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SUCH, I AM HOPING THAT I CAN USE THESE SESSIONS TO BRING WOMEN TOGETHER AND EASE THEM INTO DISCUSSING THESE THINGS, NOT ONLY CREATING A SPACE OF CONVERSATIONAL CATHARSIS BUT ALSO TO BRING MORE AWARENESS TO THINGS THAT ARE INCREDIBLY COMMON WITHIN THE FEMALE DISCOURSE, BUT LEAVE YOU FEELING LIKE THE ONLY PERSON WITH THE EXPERIENCE DUE TO THE SOCIAL EXPECTATION TO KEEP QUIET.

THESE SESSIONS HAVE BEEN HELD AT VARIOUS VENUES AROUND CORNWALL, SHROPSHIRE AND LONDON WITH VARYING ATTENDANCE; NEVERTHELESS, THE RESPONSE TO EACH SESSION HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING AND WITNESSING BREAKTHROUGHS HAS BEEN AWE INSPIRING.