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Radical Mending

July 21 - 26, 2024

Julia Gartrell  ·  juliagartrell.com

Workshop Overview

This class will explore techniques of mending and the creative capacity of these techniques. Using traditional skills such as darning and patching, in this workshop, students will consider how to mend both in functional and unusual ways. Students can bring their own items to mend (clothing, quilts, furniture), but we will also look for opportunities to repair items around Arrowmont’s campus. Some sewing skill will be helpful in this workshop, but is not required.


  • Darning
  • Hand sewing
  • Chair repair
  • Gluing techniques


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival in the attachment above
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • How to mend items in your home
  • How to sew patches
  • How to darn
  • How to repair things creatively or reinvent the items into something new



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Julia Gartrell is from Durham, North Carolina. She received an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design (2015) and a BA in art from Kalamazoo College (2008). She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has participated in residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center, Western Carolina University, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, The Rubenstein at Duke University and more. Julia has taught at RISD, Duke University, John Tyler Community College, Kalamazoo College, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She runs a traveling art project called the Radical Repair Workshop.


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

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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