Ballarat Autumn 2021
6th – 11th April 2021View Event
Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She combines textiles and found objects with discarded books, and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces, books, sculptural objects and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, mending techniques, and reuse.
Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.
Boro is a word used to describe Japanese textiles that have been pieced, patched, repaired and passed down from generation to generation. Boro textiles are utilitarian objects that are rich and sumptuous and that, although old in age, possess a contemporary aesthetic, and are rooted in sustainability. In this workshop students will begin by creating a Boro Sampler Book to learn the stitching, patching and mending vocabulary of Boro. Once the language is learned students will work on a fiber art piece that will meld their own style with the Boro Aesthetic. Additionally, students will look at mending and textile reuse traditions from other cultures around the world. Students will also learn stencil printing techniques and will incorporate their own imagery into their art piece. Students will be encouraged to bring old garments to deconstruct and combine with reclaimed materials, learned surface design techniques, and Boro inspired stitching and repair techniques to create their personal project. The instructor will share her collection of Japanese Boro textiles as well as look at contemporary artists creating in the spirit of Boro. This workshop is appropriate for beginners wanting to learn stitching and surface techniques or experienced artists and makers wanting to incorporate a new aesthetic into their work.