Local artist Rosi Thornton, who specialises in textiles and quilting, has brought her Rejig Sewing Sessions business to the market to run a drop-in art project to create a wall hanging based on the wonderful architectural shapes of the market hall.

The project has been supported by Creative Darlington and will see sessions run on Mondays and Saturdays, between 10am and 4pm, with an open invitation to all to come and  join in.

Rosi explained:

“We have sewing machines set up and ready to use, with lots of recycled fabrics, threads of all colours, scissors and pins.
“There’s also a range of drawings and photos of the repeating patterns that can be found everywhere in the market building to help inspire visitors to make their own piece to add to the hanging.

“Our first session on Monday has already attracted quite a bit of interest and I’m hoping more people will come to see us during the month to help create a wall hanging to celebrate what is a much-loved Darlington landmark.”

The hanging will be on show on the rear wall of the pop-up shop during the project and visitors and market traders are also encouraged to contribute recycled materials to help in its creation.

Rosi will also be happy to offer some friendly sewing tuition, together with ideas and creative skills sharing for those taking part.

Stephen Wiper, Creative Darlington manager, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to support Rosi, a local artist who has used her creative skills to establish a new business. The project itself also brings art and business together, encouraging the market traders and shoppers to look around and see the shapes and patterns that can be found in ordinary things.

“We hope as many people as possible will take the time to join in and we look forward to seeing the finished wall hanging.”

To find out more about the project and Rejig Sewing Sessions log onto the website at www.rejig.co