Central St Martins partners with older people’s charity

Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Celia teaches how to crochet at GrandFest 2016Crochet-expert, Celia Dennis, 73, will give Textile Design students a chance to learn the art of crochet as she hosts a Masterclass at Central Saint Martins.

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Central Saint Martins (CSM), the world's leading centre of art and design education, has partnered with GrandFest, our festival to bring older people together with younger students to pass down their knowledge of heritage skills.
Now in its third successive year, GrandFest aims to celebrate the many talents of older people and the importance of staying active in older age, as well as teaching the younger generation skills that are slowly being forgotten such as crochet, knitting, basket weaving, preserve making, and woodwork. Masterclasses in these skills, led by a series of GrandMakers – all over the age of 70 – will take place in and around Spitalfields, London on Sunday 18 June.
Ahead of the event, Celia, one of this year’s GrandMakers at GrandFest, will teach a master class to Textile Design students at Central Saint Martins. She will pass on her method of crochet stitching that will give students the confidence and skills to tackle their own projects, as well as discuss how crochet can be incorporated into contemporary clothing.

As a child, it was Celia’s grandmother who inspired her to try crochet and she remembers sitting at her knee while making decorative table mats. From there, she went on to experiment with making clothes and now regularly makes gifts for family and friends. Celia believes crochet is a great way to relax and switch off while creating something beautiful that gives a sense of achievement and pride.

Students have also been given the opportunity to be part of GrandFest on Sunday 18 June, where they will be able to be part of the Masterclasses with the GrandMakers and share their skills with the public.

"We are delighted that GrandFest has partnered with Central Saint Martins to bring together our GrandMakers with the younger students. Celia’s master class is a great way to demonstrate what GrandFest is all about - a day full of activities to celebrate older people and to highlight the importance of keeping active in later life. Celia has been part of GrandFest since the beginning, and we are delighted that she is able to share her crochet skills to the students."

David McCullough, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service
GrandFest is being supported by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder as part of their 40th anniversary year.

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Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteering charities in Britain powered by more than 35,000 volunteers who regularly provide practical help to over 100,000 older people in their homes, communities and in hospitals.

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