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DukeCreate Workshop: Mindful Mending- Clothing Up Cycle


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This workshop will be held at the Rubenstein Arts Center, Lounge.

About the workshop:

Alter and mend your clothing for a sustainable wardrobe. Sashiko (Japanese Embroidery) – Using instructor, River Takada-Capel’s Japanese Heritage as inspiration, she will bring Japanese textiles and talk about the influence the east has had on our current trends. Students are encouraged to bring 2-3 items that need simple alterations that can be done by hand or on a machine. 2 Sewing Machines will be provided by the instructor. Techniques such as hemming jeans, mending a rip, sewing on a button, etc, will be covered in this sewing workshop. No sewing experience required. Learn the time honored Japanese Sashiko techniques to mend and repair damaged textiles. Students are encouraged to bring an article of clothing to repair or embellish. If you don’t have an item of clothing to bring, you can practice on swatches, learn to work with fabric scraps to turn them into beautiful art. Students will learn hand stitching techniques inspired by Japanese Boro visible mending and Sashiko (Japanese embroidery). Choose from the instructor’s wide range of hand dyed fabric samples to create a small Slow Stitch Sample. This is the perfect time to sit down and set your hands to a meaningful task. Supplies includes hand sewing needles, Sashiko thread, Sashiko stitching handouts, hand dyed fabric scraps, etc. All levels welcome!

About the instructor:

River Takada-Capel is a Durham based textile artist and freelance teacher. River has a small batch production company under the name, RIVTAK, established in 2007, now selling hand crafted products in 12 independently owned shops. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Carrboro, NC, River grew up with an appreciation for the constant change in nature, and the beauty of functional art. River loves to work with kids and adults, empowering folks by sharing the creative and vocational powers of sewing and other textile skills. River is an arts and LGBTQ community advocate who turned her dream of creative and social practice into a passionate career. On most days, you’ll find her in her studio, located at Golden Belt Artist Studios, designing, sewing, screen printing or outside dyeing fabric. When River is not working for her business, she is teaching fiber arts at community centers around the state. She has taught at The ArtsCenter, The Scrap Exchange, ArtSpace, The NC Museum of Art, Freeman’s Creative, NCSU Craft Center and many small private groups.


What is DukeCreate?

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are held weeknights 6-8pm. DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).

How much does the workshop cost?

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance at https://training.oit.duke.edu/dukecreate. Walk-ins will only be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Can staff attend DukeCreate workshops?

Duke students can reserve their spot in advance. Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available.


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Status Archived
Date Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Time 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location Rubenstein Arts Center
Leader River Takada-Capel
Enrolled 30 of 33