Discover the fascinating craft of rope-making using recycled textiles with designer Sanne Visser, during a drop-in session for children and young people (children must be accompanied by an adult). This is part of Southwark’s Heritage ‘Making Southwark’ event, taking place at the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, a neighbourhood known for its rich history in rope making.
Join us for a hands-on demonstration where you’ll delve into the traditional art of crafting ropes from discarded textiles and clothing, harkening back to London’s historical large textile manufacturing industry. Sanne will take you through the process of transforming wasted fibres sourced from local textile recycling centres into beautifully handcrafted ropes, using ancient techniques that push the boundaries of design and craftsmanship. Throughout this demonstration, you’ll gain valuable insights into Sanne’s design approach, particularly her innovative work with local waste materials (including human hair!). With nearly a decade of experience as a rope maker, she’ll guide you through the rope-making process using her unique foldable, open-source rope making machine. By the end of this interactive and engaging session, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to design and craft your very own skipping ropes.
Feel free to bring your old (non-rewearable / damaged) clothes or even school uniforms, to give them a unique leash of life’.
The ropes created in this workshop will be displayed in the 2024 exhibition, ‘Making Southwark’, which will be displayed at the Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library.
Plan your visit to the Brunel Museum here.
Free entry with general admission or family ticket.