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InterACT! Sustainability and Sashiko Workshop

April 21 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Sustainability and Sashiko Workshop
Mending and repairing your garment, body, and mind
with artists mai ide and Sophia Xiao-fan Chang Austrins

Sashiko, a form of embroidery and stitching, is one of the oldest traditional Japanese upcycling techniques. Artists mai ide and Sophia Xiao-fan Chang Austrins lead this workshop that finds a confluence between mending fabric and repairing emotional intimacy, loneliness, and fragility.

This Living Arts program is part of a year-long series of of facilitated conversation and expressive arts workshops throughout 2024 that build community through collective exploration of culture and identity.

InterACT! Sustainability and Sashiko Workshop
Sunday, April 21
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

220 Building
220 NW 2nd Ave
1st Floor
Portland, OR 97209
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Up to $20 suggested donation for materials

Materials Provided:
cotton thread
vintage Japanese rough plain woven cotton fabric
Shashiko needle
paper ruler
erasable ink fabric marker or tailor’s chalk

Participants are also encouraged, bring their own clothes to be repaired to enhance the personal themes of the workshop.

More Details

Sashiko (刺し子) is a traditional Japanese embroidery and stitching dating back to the Edo period (1615 – 1868). It was first developed among working-class people, farmers, and fishermen to mend their daily clothes and clothing. Through Sashiko, they could make garments stronger, more durable, and last longer. They kept mending in this way and passed techniques down from generation to generation. As such, Sashiko is one of the oldest traditional Japanese upcycling techniques. Artist Mai Ide finds a confluence between mending fabric and repairing emotional intimacy, loneliness, and fragility. Her workshop is a space for participants to eliminate lingering trauma and reframe our society for deeper emotional communal bonds and authentic humanity which we have forgotten.

The participants of this workshop will discover both the cultural meaning of sashiko and sustainability but also gain new insight into mending our brokenness or traumatic experiences by recreating the naked body garment together from recycled clothes. The participants need to bring their skin tone clothes to create their own naked garment or create using a piece of Japanese vintage cloth we provide to use as a patch to repair not only the garment but also the body and mind. This workshop allows participants to reclaim their slow moments, meditating and discerning vulnerability while they mend their garments to lead the holistic well-being of the planet.

Artist Bio

mai ide
mai ide is an artist from Tokyo, now based in Portland, OR. Her multidisciplinary art investigates her own cultural intersectionality and deep ambivalence as an immigrant, mother, and woman. As a non-native speaker of English, ide’s practice is expressing discomfort of being classified or perceived by society as an “other” or “forever foreigner” in the U.S. Ide’s use of salvaged fabric and sashiko stitches conveys her simultaneous vulnerability, fragility and ferocity under a constrained, violent and volatile society. ide holds a BFA in Art Practice from Portland State University (OR) as well as degrees in sewing, pattern making, and textile design in Japan, where she worked for twelve years as a material designer. Previous exhibitions and performances include at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Kyoto in Japan, and Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Oregon. Ide is a current MFA candidate in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.

Sophia Xiao-fan Chang Austrins
Sophia Xiao-fan Chang Austrins (she/they) is an architect, immersive fabric artist, and facilitator strengthening community and culture through design activism. They are a director with Colloqate Design, a nonprofit practice seeking to design spaces of racial, social, and cultural justice throughout the built environment. Sophia seeks to share the power of the built environment with communities who have been left out of our design processes, not only because they deserve to create their own futures, but also to find the moments of delight and community growth that the act of designing together can create. Prior to joining Colloqate, Sophia founded MaskOutHate, creating relationships with BIPOC artists and communities to build dialogue, wealth, and celebration through the design of culturally affirming masks.

“Everything we create holds an opportunity to care for one another, be it object, space, action, or word.” -Sophia Xiao-fan Chang Austrins.

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