Join us for our first Cameron Marks Workshop! 

Saturday July 11th 10am-4pm @ ArtWorkSpace Santa Cruz

$130 + $10 supply fee / Only 12 spots available!

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Jody Alexander is a local fine artist who works in a variety of mediums and most recently, Boro! Not only does Jody create the most interesting textile pieces incorporating Boro stitching and patching techniques but she's an inspirational teacher as well! In this workshop students will create small Boro Sampler books using the Boro aesthetic. 

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. In this workshop we will make mini cloth sampler books that contain this Boro aesthetic. Students will learn stitching, patching and mending techniques that are specific to Boro and create small sampler books incorporating personal ephemera such as cloth swatches, book pages, paper ephemera and even photographs. The finished product will be a Japanese Side Sewn book that can serve as a reference for future mending projects as well as inspiration for your next art masterpiece. This workshop is appropriate for beginners wanting to learn stitching or experienced artists and makers wanting to incorporate a new aesthetic into their work.

Basic materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring fabric, thread and paper ephemera that will make their book personal and unique to them. We will be working fairly small (hand stitching is a slow process and we want to finish!) so very small scraps will work well for patching and the book page size will be your choice of 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 if you would like to bring cloth for the pages (the instructor will also bring some basic fabric for pages). Bring a variety of materials that will allow for different options.

Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. Her artwork celebrates collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. Her characters, books, sculptural pieces and found items are often combined to create installations. 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. She is also proprietress of Wishi Washi Studio in Santa Cruz, CA.