The Radical Repair Workshop is a traveling art experience by Julia Gartrell.
Housed in a vintage camper named Sonny, the Radical Repair Workshop encourages participants and viewers to consider their relationship to mending, sentimental objects, single-use items, and radical (potentially non-functional) modes of repair.
You will be able to step inside the camper to explore the gallery and studio, contribute your own items for mending, and explore repair techniques through demonstrations and samples.
Through workshops and visits around the region, the Radical Repair Workshop teaches concrete skills, such as sewing and darning, but also explores abstract notions of repair.
Radical Repair Workshop is currently at Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. It’s part of the exhibit, Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now.
Stop by at one of these events, meet artist Julia Gartrell, and learn about fixing stuff!
Radical Repair Workshop: All About Glue
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
12 to 4 p.m.
Glue is a magical substance with many uses! Come explore the many uses of glue in this drop-in class. We will learn the differences between different types of glues and practice clamping and drying techniques specific to each type. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring something you’d like to glue together.
Radical Repair Workshop: Clothing Repair
Saturday, May 21st, 2022
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Since we wear clothes every day, they’re a personal possession that is often damaged. Rather than tossing out that ripped shirt, come learn how to repair it. Using hand sewing techniques as well as “less traditional” approaches to mending, participants will experiment with garment repair. Bring something you’d like to fix or practice with the provided materials.
Radical Repair Workshop: Shrine for a Broken Object
Saturday, June 11th, 2022
12 to 4 p.m.
Frequently, we hold onto broken objects that are meaningful. There may be no way to repair them back to functionality or it may be prohibitively expensive to do so. One way to honor a broken object is to create a shrine for it. Bring something you’d like to memorialize and use the provided materials to create a box shrine. Materials provided, but feel free to bring additional objects or materials.
Radical Repair Workshop: Chair Repair
Saturday, June 25th, 2022
12 to 4 p.m.
How many times have you driven by a broken chair on the curb and thought….. could I fix that? Readily available for free, broken chairs are always a tempting mend! Come to this workshop to work collaboratively on provided broken chairs. There will be several stations with different approaches to mending a chair, from weaving to paint to glue and beyond. Come help out and get inspired to pick up the next bottomless chair you see.
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