Boro Bag Workshop with Jody Alexander / Sunday, March 31st / 10-4pm
Boro is a word used to describe Japanese textiles that have been pieced, patched, repaired and passed down from generation to generation. Boro textiles are utilitarian objects that are rich and sumptuous and that, although old in age, possess a contemporary aesthetic. In this workshop students will use one piece of cloth as a sampler incorporating stitching, patching and mending techniques that are specific to Boro and then use that cloth to create a traditional Japanese style bag. Students will have their choice of creating a tsunobukuro or an azumabukuro, and will receive directions on how to make both. Both bags are equally ingenious designs, simple to make and very different from one another. The finished product will be a bag with Boro stitching that will serve as inspiration for future projects, and is a bag that can be used as a project bag, shopping bag, or a wrapping for a very special gift.
This workshop is appropriate for beginners wanting to learn stitching or experienced artists and makers wanting to incorporate a new aesthetic into their work.
Basic materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring fabric scraps and thread that will make their bags personal and unique to them.
Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine for sewing the bag together.
Coffee/tea, lunch and apertifs served.
Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. Her artwork celebrates collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. Her characters, books, sculptural pieces and found items are often combined to create installations. Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. She is also proprietress of Wishi Washi Studio in Santa Cruz, CA.