Boro (Japanese) are classes of Japanese
textiles that have been mended or patched together. The term is derived
from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired.
Boro means, literally, “tatters.” These were made by repurposing
carefully saved garment pieces and other handspun and indigo-dyed
fabrics. These were sewn together as a patchwork built up from many
layers providing extra warmth.
In this workshop participants will begin by creating a Boro Sampler to learn the stitching, patching and mending vocabulary of Boro. Once the language is learned participants will work on fiber art pieces that may be in book form, wall art, 3-D, or wearable creations. Patches can be sewn onto Jean Jackets and Jeans. Block printing, stenciling and image transferring will be taught as surface design techniques. This workshop is appropriate for beginners wanting to learn stitching and surface techniques or experienced artists and makers wanting to incorporate a new aesthetic into their work.