Radical Repair Workshop

July 26, 2020 – August 1, 2020

Julia Gartrell

This workshop will explore the art of creative repair. Beginning with traditional techniques on fabric such as darning, patching and applique, students will begin with the building blocks of mending. You will explore visible mending and discover conceptual possibilities of repair. The class will also include the study of mixed media materials, such as gluing, inlay and fiber techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring their own objects and textiles that need repair and to investigate the campus for creative mending opportunities. The instructor will bring a traveling repair shop, housed in a vintage camper, to demonstrate further sculptural mending possibilities. Open to all skill levels.


Julia Gartrell is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work explores the notion of “making do” and material plasticity, along with radical approaches to repair. She has participated in residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center, Duke University Power Plant Gallery, Arrowmont, Oxbow, and others. Gartell has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has taught at Arrowmont, Rhode Island School of Design and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Julia Gartrell

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

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

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 2020. 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 of deposit.


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