I taught a new class recently at Cabrillo Arts. The name of the workshop is:
The Art of Repair and Reuse:
Looking at Mending and Re-purposing Traditions in Various Cultures as Inspiration for New Work.
I did quite a bit of research for the course and showed students examples of repair and reuse traditions in the American South, Australia, Japan, India, China and France.
We also looked at the work of contemporary artists who create in the spirit of repair and reuse, and watched videos that exhibited different stitching techniques.
The students created samplers in the various traditions.
These samplers represented Gee's Bend and Wagga Wagga:
Of course, we made samplers inspired by Japanese Boro mending techniques - I always encourage students to vary from the indigo palette and rather focus on line, shape and texture:
Samplers inspired by Kantha from India:
When I was in France recently I saw some lovely mends on grain sacks that I shared with students - they interpreted those mends in the most creative way!:
Chinese Ge Ba has been making the rounds on the internet and social media so we explored creating in that style, too:
The workshop was only two days and would benefit from being a 3-5 day course where we could make the samplers at a more leisurely pace and then move on to personal projects.
Some students just focused on the samplers but a few applied these techniques to garments that they brought into class and the results were creative, fun, whimsical and unexpected.
I'm hoping to teach this workshop again so look out for it in the new year!