Blackhorse Lane Ateliers invites you to learn something new
Textile designer Liza MacKenzie of Indigo Works leads this relaxed two-hour workshop where students are taught traditional denim repair techniques to extend the life of your clothing. This is a beginner-level workshop and tickets are £35. Refreshments and all materials are provided. Book your tickets here.
What you’ll learn
The workshop takes you through the history of Japanese boro and traditional mending. You’ll learn new stitching ‘sashiko’ techniques to repair your garments. The workshop also gives you the basics for any type of mending.
‘Boro’ is a type of textiles made of fabric which has been patched many times. Boro is a bit like the Japanese equivalent of the British ‘make do and mend’ mentality. When cloth became tattered and worn out, people would patch up garments using old scraps of cloth.
‘Sashiko’ literally translates as “little stabs”, and is a type of quilting where hemp or cotton thread is sewn in a running stitch to quilt together layers of fabric. It is both functional and decorative.
– Natural indigo-dyed fabric for patching
– Threads and needles for stitching
– Refreshments (wine, soft drinks, hot drinks, biscuits)
The workshops will take place on the first Tuesday evening of every month, 19:00-21:00, dates are as follows:
Book your tickets here.
About Indigo Works
Indigo Works was founded by Liza Mackenzie in 2015. She studied Indigo, known as Aizome, under a Master Craftsman whilst living in Japan for four years. She is a textile designer and researcher with a specialism in Japanese craft textiles and sustainable dyes. She is currently on a residency at Makerversity researching sustainable ways of dyeing and printing fabrics using a mix of lost and forgotten textile techniques and updating them for the modern age.