The Boro Aesthetic: Creating Fiber Art Pieces Inspired by Japanese Textiles

June 2, 2019 – June 8, 2019

Jody Alexander

Boro is a word used to describe Japanese textiles that have been pieced, patched, repaired and passed down from generation to generation. In this workshop students learn the language of Boro and apply it to their projects that may include art pieces made from deconstructed clothing, artist’s books, 3D objects, or wearable art. Rooted in sustainability, Boro textiles are utilitarian objects that are rich and sumptuous and, although old in age, possess a contemporary aesthetic. Students will combine reclaimed materials, surface design and repair techniques, and Boro-inspired stitching into unique and personal art pieces. Open to all skill levels.


Jody Alexander is a bookmaker and mixed media artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She creates books, wall pieces and installations out of discarded books and reclaimed textiles. Her work appears in several publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art.

Jody Alexander

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2019. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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