Celia Pym studied Sculpture at Harvard University and Textiles at The Royal College of Art, London. She is a qualified nurse and teaches part time as a visiting lecturer in textiles at Royal College of Art and University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She lives and works in London.
Pym makes darned garments, knitted and embroidered textiles and public textile events. She loves a heavy darn and the feel of really worn down wool; the evidence of use in holes and where they occur; working with other people’s problems and the tenderness that can come with repair. She works surfaces closely like a detective and loves the way a darn looks: “wobbly frayed edges against confident solid filled in spots.”
Pym has exhibited across the UK, France, Italy, Norway, Japan and USA.
Selected exhibitions & collaborations include: Love the Yarn: Festival of Love, 2015, Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre, What do I need to do to make it ok?, 2015 Pump House Gallery, London, 59 Sorties, 2016, with Nouveau Musee National de Monaco and Parallel Practices Residency (Crafts Council/Kings Cultural Institute), 2014-2016, with Dr Richard Wingate exploring anatomy and mending in KCL’s Dissecting Room.