• Imogen Di Sapia is a designer-maker working across the fields of textile crafts including weaving, costume and puppetry, whilst also creating unique works in the realms of therapeutic storytelling.

     

     

    Bright Moon Arts & Crafts;

    studio practice

    Imogen is currently adapting and developing her arts practice during her maternity with two young sons, Oscar (1 year) and Finn (3 years). This has seen a move toward the traditional hand-craft of weaving, which allows the loom to be used on the kitchen table, whist redefining her arts practice as a working-making mother.

    Imogen has developed an aesthetic in freehand weaving and sources naturally hand-dyed and spun yarns from ethical small batch UK producers who keep rare breed sheep, thereby making it possible to trace the yarns back to the individual farm, flock and even the sheep the wool originated from.

     

    "The Selkie: Weaving & The Wild Feminine"

    A Textile Exhibition by Imogen Di Sapia;

    will be on display at Onca Gallery, Brighton

    March 17th-24th, 2018

     

    All updates and further information at www.brightmoon.co

     

    Imogen is a member of The Heritage Crafts Association.

    Bright Moon Theatre;

    folk puppetry & storytelling

    Bright Moon Theatre was created for the Brighton Fringe 2015 to showcase Imogen's hand-made textile puppets based on traditional folklore and Victorian poetry.

     

    Created puppets and performances 2015-2016 include;

    The Mermaid's Tale

    Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave

    The Lady of Shalott

    Senara, A Cornish Folktale

     

    Exhibited and Performed at;

    Bom-Banes

    Brighton Oasis Project

    Rottingdean Grange Gallery

    Brighton Expression Sessions

    ONCA Gallery

    Zu Studios

    Brighton Storytellers

     

    Upcoming exhibition;

    Hove Museum & Art Gallery, May-December 2017

     

    all work can be viewed at

    www.brightmoontheatre.co

     

     

     

     

    Theatre Work

    Costume; Design / Make & Wardrobe

    Yerma, student production, directed by Dean Lyle, Isle of Wight College, June 2014.

    Kyle McComb, military costume make for final student piece, Sydney film Institute, December 2013.

    La Cenerentola, directed by Andy Staples, Vignette Productions, Bury Court Opera, 2012.

    Le Boheme, directed by Andy Staples, Vignette Productions, Village Underground, Shoreditch, 2011.

    Elsie Diamond, Burlesque Artiste, London 2011.

    Cosi Fan Tutti, directed by Andy Staples, Vignette Productions, Village Underground, Shoreditch, 2010.

    300 Friends, written and directed by Sarah-Elaine Stewart, Albany Theatre, London, & Hackney Wicked Festival, 2010.

    Laputa City, written, directed and performed by Richard & Michael Whitby, film for Liverpool Biennial, September 2008.
    The Yellow Wallpaper, adapted and directed by Sarah- Elaine Stewart, Choreographed by Emmeline Creswell, played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2008 / Tristan Bates Midnight Matinee, December 2008 / New Theatre Wimbledon, March 2009.
    La Boheme, directed by Ian Rutherford, Blackheath Halls Opera, July 2008.
    The Society of Futopia, written and performed by Gareth Barnett, May 2008.
    Living With, written and directed by Sebastian Rex, Tabbard Theatre Festival, April 2008.
    Counterfeit Skin, written and directed by Jason Charles, Courtyard Theatre Hoxton, February 2008.
    The Nativity, written by Tony Harrison, directed by Dan Winder, St Paul’s Covent Garden, December 2007.
    The Six Wives of Timothy Leary, Etcetera Theatre Camden, November 2007.
    Dead Language, a Foolish People production, ICA, October 2007.

    Doctors, BBC Television production, Birmingham studios, October 2007.
    Supreme Sunbeam, Central Youth Theatre, Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, September 2007.
    National Youth Theatre Workshop Seminar; ‘From Script to Design’, August 2007.
    Jumping Through Hoops, choreographed by Joanne Swatkins and Sign Dance Collective, Brighton Theatre Royal, launch piece for Architecture Week, July 2007.
    Royal Shakespeare Company Graduate Costume Bursary, costuming 13 plays of the Comedies and the Gunpower seasons, including 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', September 2004- September 2005.
    Birmingham Costume Hire & Period Tailoring, costume maker, Summer 2003.

     

    Music Video
    Florence + The Machine 'You Got The Love' costume for Florence Welch, designed by Manjit Deu and styled by Aldene Johnson; Pattern cut, fit and final production, plus crowd / dancer costumes, September 2009.

    Fashion Projects

    Fashion; Pattern / Sample Cutting & Production

    Lu Flux, production assistant, for A/W 12, January 2012.

    Hussein Chalayan 'Mirage' A/W 10 collection, in-house cutter for 'roadtrip' printed dress, showing at Paris Fashion Week, March 2010.
    Manjit Deu, studio manager, pattern cutter, hand grader and design realisation, Harrods Launches S/S 2010; Sample pattern cutting and collection creation for AW10, November 2009 - March 2010.
    Hussein Chalayan, in-house cutting for paris fashion week, September 2010.
    Vivienne Westwood, in-house cutting for Couture, September 2010.
    Elliot Atkinson, fashion fringe finalist, collection production, August 2009.
    Vivienne Westwood, in-house cutter for Gold Label Couture; Leona Lewis commission, July 2009.
    Lu Flux, production manager for A/W 09 collection, July 2009.
    Jonathan Saunders, in-house cutter for S/S 10 Resort collection, June 2009.
    Hussain Chalayan, in-house cutter for 'concrete' and 'scaffold' leather dresses A/W 09 collection, showing at Paris Fashion Week, February 2009.
    Jonathan Saunders, in-house cutter for A/W 09 collection, Showing at NY Fashion Week, January 2009.
    Manjit Deu, production for MA collection, LCF, January 2009.
    Dimitri Stavrou, tailoring for MA menswear collection, LCF, January 2009.
    Alexandra Groover, 'Collapsed Stars' collection assistant, LFW September 2008.
    Maria Morris, pattern cutter for 'Matryoshka' collection, LFW September 2008.
    Jonathan Saunders, freelance cutter for A/W 2008 collection, June 2008.
    Vivienne Westwood Studios, pattern cutting and creative team internship, February – June 2008, including London red label show and Paris gold label show.
    Jacob Kimmie, garment technology and design samples, autumn / winter 2006.
    Roland Mouret, London Fashion Week, backstage assistant, spring / summer 2001 .

    Textiles

     

    Textile Design Collaborations; Design Development
    Lisa Wilkinson, print and knit designer MA textiles RCA, final project garment development, pattern cutting and draping with original textiles, March 2010 - July 2010.
    Ashley Boer, knit and print designer; pattern cutter, garment technologist, and collection realisation, exhibited at Chelsea College of Art, summer 2008.
    Lilly Heine, print and surface textile designer; garment design, pattern cutting and collection development, spring 2008.
    Joley Harrison, print and embroidery designer; garment design, pattern cutting and collection realisation, summer 2007.

     

    Teaching

    Lecturing & Tutoring

    Isle of Wight College, Performing Arts, character workshops for student auditions module, April 2016.

    Royal College of Art MA Mixed Media Textiles, pattern cutting workshop tutorials, May 2009.
    Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University (formerly UCE):
    BA Level 2 Design for Performance, module leader, spring / summer semester 2008
    BA Level 3 Final Collection Pattern Cutting, module lecturer, cross semester 2007-8
    BA Level 2 Millinery and Corsetry, module leader, winter semester 2007-8
    BA Level 3 Creative Cutting, module lecturer, winter semester 2007
    BA Level 3 Final Collection assistant tutor, summer semester 2007
    BA Level 1 Fair Trade Fashion, module lecturer, winter semester 2006-2007
    BA Level 3 Final Collection, assistant tutor, summer semester 2006

    Workshops

     

    Blanket Without Borders, community embroidery workshop, Onca Gallery, Brighton, January 2017.

    Puppet Making at Rottingdean Grange Gallery, part of the Magical World of Puppet Theatre exhibition, Artists Open Houses, December 2015.

    Witches Workshop; spoon-puppet making for hallowe'en, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, October 2015.

    Make your own storytelling doll, The Elm Tree, Sydney, 2013.

    Pinocchio vintage screening, puppet making for children, Picturehouse Cinemas London, Greenwich and Stratford, 2011.

     

    Voluntary and Charity Projects

    St. Paul’s Steiner School, Islington, London; handwork helper, summer term 2010 and spring term 2011; crafts with children aged 6-10.

    Kids, the Charity for Disabled Children; facilitator on Transitions Mentoring Project, ages 16-18, November 2010 – February 2011.

    Awards

    Royal Shakespeare Company, Graduate Costume Bursary, September 2004-September 2005.
    CSD Student Fashion Awards shortlist semi-finalist, September 2004.
    Kennett and Lindsell Technical Excellence Award, 2003.
    NIFT New Delhi, India, ‘Paradigm Shift’ finalist, October 2000.

    Qualifications

    Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, 2012-2013.

    Certificate in Counselling Skills using the Arts, IATE, Britannia Row, 2011.

    Postgraduate Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts, IATE, Britannia Row 2010-2011.
    MA Fashion Design & Technology, London College of Fashion (incomplete, postgraduate diploma credits) 2008-2009.
    BA (Hons) Fashion Design, 1st Class Honours, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, University of Central England, 2001-2004.
    BTEC National Diploma Fashion and Textiles with Distinction, Walsall College of Arts & Technology, 1999-2001.
    City & Guilds Creative Millinery, Walsall College of Arts & Technology, 1999-2001.

    City & Guilds Tailoring, Walsall College of Arts & Technology, 1999-2001.

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