Genuine Japanese Boro is a form of extreme mending born of poverty in rural areas of Japan. It is made up of layers of fabric piled on top of each other to mend worn out work jackets and futons. The layers are attached with stitches which look like rough sashiko. The end result is a highly textured surface.
This is an extreme thrift technique which we now have the luxury of appreciating in a world where fabric is cheap and plentiful. But it really is an inspiration to those of us who love textured textile techniques, and it is a brilliant way to use up scraps.
In this workshop we will explore ways to interpret this craft using all sorts of fabric both scraps and things we are sometimes reluctant to throw away such as the trimmings from bigger projects like bed quilts.
We will begin by experimenting with fabric and stitch and will make a small art brooch or key ring fob, and in the afternoon we will begin making a larger bag or cushion.
The workshop will be held at Pomegranate Studio in central Bristol. It includes all materials plus tea, coffee, water, juice and cakes and/or biscuits. Lunch is not provided, although there is space to eat. There is a nice pub five minutes walk away. You will go away with at least one finished item and a goody bag. Maximum number of people is six. The inclusive price is £50 per person.