Boro Repair Workshop - Fixing Denim

Price
£30 / Adult
Duration
2 hrs
Age restrictions
16+
Location
Bristol City Centre & Old City
Host available in
Bristol
Concession and Group Ticket prices also available

What you'll do

The fashion industry places a huge burden on our planet. One way we can advocate for systemic change is by mending our clothes.

The Boro Repair Society explores a Western take on Japanese clothes mending tradition. They fix rips and tears with love and care - giving your old favourites a new lease of life.

Mindfully repair your garment. Find joy in slow fashion's gentler pace. This absorbing and meditative method used to fix garments is called 'sashiko' in Japanese (刺し子) , which means 'little stabs'.

At the end of the experience, you would have started to make a work of 'boro'. This comes from the word 'boroboro' in Japanese, which means tattered or repaired. 'Boro' refers to the process of reworking and repairing textiles. It's an ongoing process, as you'll learn. You will gradually transform your clothes into something new. Wear them with pride - like a badge of honour and sign that you care.

This is hands-on experience is suitable for all experience levels.

Vintage reclaimed Japanese fabrics will be available to purchase by weight at the workshop, as well as sashiko threads and needles. However you are welcome to bring your own fabrics although be aware that the tutor may advise you to use something different if it is not well suited to your repair.

Upcoming dates

What you'll do

The fashion industry places a huge burden on our planet. One way we can advocate for systemic change is by mending our clothes.

The Boro Repair Society explores a Western take on Japanese clothes mending tradition. They fix rips and tears with love and care - giving your old favourites a new lease of life.

Mindfully repair your garment. Find joy in slow fashion's gentler pace. This absorbing and meditative method used to fix garments is called 'sashiko' in Japanese (刺し子) , which means 'little stabs'.

At the end of the experience, you would have started to make a work of 'boro'. This comes from the word 'boroboro' in Japanese, which means tattered or repaired. 'Boro' refers to the process of reworking and repairing textiles. It's an ongoing process, as you'll learn. You will gradually transform your clothes into something new. Wear them with pride - like a badge of honour and sign that you care.

This is hands-on experience is suitable for all experience levels.

Vintage reclaimed Japanese fabrics will be available to purchase by weight at the workshop, as well as sashiko threads and needles. However you are welcome to bring your own fabrics although be aware that the tutor may advise you to use something different if it is not well suited to your repair.

How to get there

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Facilities

  • Toilets
  • WiFi

On the day

  • Please arrive five minutes before the workshop starts
  • Bring sharp scissors
  • Bring something to fix - ideally something denim, but other close-woven fabrics are suitable. T-shirt fabrics and other stretch materials are suitable. Bring a few items if you are not sure and the tutor will help you select one suited to your experience level
  • Lined coats, unwoven plastic fabrics and stretchy leggings are not covered in this experience!

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 2 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 2 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

About Oxidate Design

Oxidate Design is run by a textile artist with a strong interest in Japanese culture and sustainability. They work with both natural and synthetic dyes, in addition to running clothes repair workshops, inspired by traditional Japanese techniques.

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Your host

Rhyannan Hall

Operating under the moniker ‘Oxidate Design’ Rhyannan produces fine art textiles and leads workshops. She believes textiles are essential to the survival of humankind - they tell us who we are and where we're from.

Rhyannan's work is an inventive reimagining of a 140-year-old Japanese textile dyeing method called ‘Arashi Shibori’. Seeing the potential for this craft to become an expressive art form, Rhyannan has been practicing arashi since 2014. She's always experimenting with different materials, media and methods.

Rhyannan brings a fresh angle to this craft by adding a dash of Bristol: the art, the politics, the music. Her artwork 'Eraser' was displayed at Japan's Toyama Museum of Art and Design, as part of the prestigious KOGEI award - celebrating innovation in artisan crafts.

Since then, Rhyannan has been awarded a grant from the Daiwa Foundation for travel and research in Japan in 2022.

What people are saying

Rather chuffed to have my favourite trousers back in action. Nice to learn a bit about the Japanese traditions too.

Dave Slacker, Jun 2022

Great thanks, learnt some new tricks and will be using the toro method from now!

Jackie East, Sep 2021

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Upcoming dates

What people are saying

Rather chuffed to have my favourite trousers back in action. Nice to learn a bit about the Japanese traditions too.

Dave Slacker, Jun 2022

Great thanks, learnt some new tricks and will be using the toro method from now!

Jackie East, Sep 2021
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Price
£30 / Adult
Duration
2 hrs
Age restriction
16+
Rebook or cancel up to 2 days before your experience.