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Carrying on the popular Make Mend series of workshops, the dean and members of the USC Roski School of Art and Design host three new events promoting mending, fabrication, and sustainability while highlighting the wabi-sabi concept of embracing flaws and finding beauty in imperfection. USC Roski faculty, staff, and students will lead sessions on unraveling, spinning, weaving, stitching, needlework, and other techniques to renew, reuse, and repurpose textiles.  

2.12 billion tons of fabric waste are dumped annually, but natural materials can be repurposed by fusing, weaving, or sewing. For the first workshop, participants are invited to bring old clothing or cloth (natural materials such as cotton, silk, or linen preferred) to be unraveled or shredded and transformed into skeins of usable textiles. The workshop will include a deconstruction circle, spinning circle, and community share area, and create inventory to be used in the second and third workshops. No experience is necessary, and light refreshments will be served. 

Workshop Facilitators:  

China Adams, assistant professor of teaching 
Sherin Guirguis, professor of practice, art, and design; chair of foundation 
Haven Lin-Kirk, dean; professor of art and design 
Brian O’Connell, assistant professor of teaching and design; co-chair of design  
Julia Paull, associate professor of teaching and art; chair of art 4D 
Alexis Zoto, assistant professor of teaching and design; co-chair of design  

This event is being held in conjunction with Green Week. For all Trojans, Green Week is your opportunity to learn more about USC’s sustainability framework, Assignment: Earth, and brush up on personal and professional actions that can help USC achieve its sustainability goals.

Related Events: 

Make Mend II: Tools of the Trade 
Friday, November 17, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Watt Hall South Lawn 
For info, click HERE

Make Mend II: WORK + Materials Barter Fair 
Friday, February 23, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Watt Hall Courtyard and South Lawn 
For more info, click HERE

Presented by USC Visions and Voices. Organized by the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Co-sponsored by the USC Fisher Museum of Art, the USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Office of Sustainability.

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