Radical Repair Workshop

August 1 - 6, 2021

Julia Gartrell  ·  juliagartrell.com  ·  radicalrepairworksop.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore the art of creative repair, focusing on traditional methods such as darning, patching, and applique, but also incorporating non-traditional materials and surfaces.


  • Creative repair to fabric, textiles, and sculptural objects
  • Building blocks of mending such as darning, patching, gluing, and modified inlay
  • Cloth, thread, yarn, found objects and site-specific items


  • Repairing and mending your objects
  • Darning, patching, and applique samples
  • Conceptual context of mending

Artist Bio

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. Gartrell has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has taught at Arrowmont, Rhode Island School of Design, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Workshop Description

Students will explore the art of creative repair. Beginning with traditional techniques on fabric such as darning, patching, and applique, participants 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. Students 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.

COURSE FEE: $600  ·  download the materials list

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