The Creative [Pain] Process & Sadface Sewing Circle

Sunday 13 August 2017, 2–5.30pm V22 Louise House

Sometimes all the work while crying 
Sometimes no work and more crying
The creative process can be a b*tch.

Self-doubt is hard to shake off. Fear of failure is paralysis. Anxiety can block action and throw you into existential crises and depression. Aaaah! Not having enough money, space or time to create adds pain to an already painful process and makes 'doing what you love' the masochistic slogan for the broke and burnt-out.

Come along for an open group discussion with visual artist Lora Hristova and's Sienna Murdoch to chat about and share strategies for making it through artists block alive.

On display will be part of Lora's three year embroidery project which led to this event. The group talk will be followed by a drop-in sewing circle where you can also try out the therapeutic benefits of embroidery and continue the discussion about mental health. We will hang up the outcomes of the session in a growing installation. All materials will be provided. 

Please note this event is a chance to share and discuss but as we are untrained it is not offered as a form of therapy or counselling.

Talk: 2-3.30pm 

Spaces are limited so please book by emailing: 

Suitable for ages 16 years and over. 

Workshop: 3.30-5.30pm 

Booking is not needed for the sewing drop-in session. 

Suitable for ages 16 years and over. 

Lora Hristova is a multi-disciplinary artist making work about female experience, sexual identity and more recently, her Bulgarian cultural heritage. Much of her practice has appropriated from mainstream pornography and considers the cultural, psychological and social impact of the sex industry. Feminist theory and psychoanalysis inform her research into universal experiences of shame, desire and anxiety. is an open platform created by Sienna Murdoch to "share stories about mental health, coping mechanisms, not so coping mechanisms, initiatives we’ve found helpful, and mental health in the media. No situation is too big or too small. We share our thoughts, read others and realise the struggles are real for everyone. We want to challenge the formality, anonymity, shame and burden that talking about mental health still holds.” 

Lora Hristova

Venue info

V22 Louise House

Dartmouth Road
Forest Hill
SE23 3HZ

(Between Forest Hill Pools and Forest Hill Library)

Overground: Forest Hill
Bus: 122, 176, 197