May 2019 Quarterly with Jody Alexander

10 AM – Noon Morning Trunk Show

Noon – 4 PM
Boro Sampler

10 AM – 4 PM
Boro Bag Workshop


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.

Saturday afternoon we will make mini cloth sampler books. Students will learn stitching, patching and mending techniques that are specific to Boro and create small sampler books incorporating personal ephemera such as cloth swatches, book pages, paper ephemera and even photographs. The finished product will be a Japanese Side Sewn book that can serve as a reference for future mending projects as well as inspiration for your next art masterpiece.

On Sunday we will continue our exploration of Boro mending techniques on a larger piece of cloth that will be made into a Japanese style bag at the end of the class.

This workshop is appropriate for beginners wanting to learn stitching or experienced artists and makers wanting to incorporate a new aesthetic into their work.

 Supplies list

Workshop FEE: $150 ASG / $170 Non-ASG (Includes Saturday and Sunday workshops, lunch, and kit fee.)

Class is full. Join the waitlist.

Jody Alexander is an artist, bookmaker, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She combines textiles and found objects with discarded books, and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces, books, sculptural objects and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, mending techniques, and reuse. Jody’s artwork 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 the owner of Wishi Washi Studio.

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