Lecture: The Boro Aesthetic


The Boro Aesthetic could be regarded as the many-generations-old relative of the current “upcycling” trend popular today. Jody Alexander introduces us to Japanese Boro textiles as well as looking at mending and reuse traditions around the world, contemporary artists working within the realm of the “art of mending,” and her current work inspired by mending and reuse traditions.


Roosevelt Room – Q-80  Free for members; $5 guests at door

10:00 AM


Workshop: Boro Sampler

Japanese mending techniques are used to repair and strengthen garments and textile items. When left visible, the repairs are also decorative. In this workshop, participants create a sampler of mending techniques seen in Japanese Boro textiles, and then will repair or embellish a garment or textile of their choice.


Adult Center Meeting  Room ( C-35)

1:30 to 5:00 PM   3.5 hour workshop, Kit Fee $10

Class size: 20 students

$65 members, $75 guests

Supply List

  • A textile item that needs repair or embellishing; has worn area that needs reinforcing, a hole or tear, a stain that needs covering, or embellishment. Can include clothing, table cloth, curtain, or other textile item.
  • Note-taking supplies
  • Fabric swatches for patching
  • Variety of threads
  • Fabric scissors, thread snips
  • Pins
  • Needles in a variety of sizes