519 Minnesota Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Keila McCracken will lead the class in Sashiko mending. Sashiko is one of the oldest known mending stitches in human history, originating in Eastern Asia, it is now practiced throughout the world because of its durability, aesthetic and cultural significance. Sashiko is a method used to mend clothing that is worn and torn in a way that is artistic and creates aesthetic value.
Keila McCracken is an Anthropologist and design activist. She believes that the behaviors that fill our days, and the objects that fill our homes, can serve as tools to fuel sustainable cultural change in our world. Keila is the owner and operator of Bare Cloth, a sustainable design and clothing business that uses its supply chain to positively impact its local economy, environment, and community. Keila also seeks to make life better for Bemidji area residents as a Service Access Specialist at Community Resource Connections where she’s served for 3 years. She has a certificate in Sustainable Design
Students will leave the class with the physical skill of hand sewing and the knowledge needed to complete their own projects outside of class. They will also have the opportunity to experience how clothing can become more than just physical objects that meet the basic need of being clothed, but a personal expression, not only of art, but of one’s personal narrative.
All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your well loved clothes that are in need of repair and add value and beauty through the process of repairing.
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