In this workshop we will look at the act of repairing. We focus on textiles and clothing, looking at how something is woven and stitched together, consisting of threads and layers, and how these structures wear and tear with a body inside. On Friday afternoon Abla, who works as a volunteer in the Vaartkapoen repair and retouche atelier (http://www.vaartkapoen.be/socecnaai.htm), will show us the work she does. She will also demonstrate a technique for repairing clothes. During the weekend we will continue to look at this process of wear and tear, share stories, exhibit images…
Repairing requires an understanding of the item you want to work on. How far would you go in repairing coveted item of clothing? What parts of clothes are fragile? Where does an item of clothing wear and tear? what are its fragile points? What is the relationship with your body and your activity? Repairing prolongs the life of a manufactured item, something not readily stimulated in these times of fast consumption. This workshop is meant to let us learn repairing techniques from each other coming together is a way of transmitting knowledge. Techniques which were previously more taught in a family context, because clothes were rare thus making them precious because. We would like to talk about this subject and work together. Bring your favourite reparations How did you learn to repair? Do you have favourite methods? Did you learn specific techniques for particular items of clothing?
Workshop organised by Constant.
- Images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/foam/sets/72157625897643550/