Hole Mending Workshop

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Hole Mending Workshop
Name Hole Mending Workshop
Location Internet
Date 2020/07/22
Time 10:00-11:00
PeopleOrganisations Nicha Keeratiphanthawong, Tabea Nixdorff
Type HDSA2020
Web Yes
Print No

In this current time period, which is full of omissions and ruptures, our dependencies on technical devices as gateways to social connectedness has increased. What sometimes gets lost along the way is the sense of one’s own situatedness: Following endless digital threads of information and being constantly in touch with “hardware,” it is likely to forget reading one’s own bodily presence. Weavings, just like computer coding, are highly complex automated nettings. Only the point of rupture—a dropped stitch, like a bug in the code—reminds us of necessary manual interventions.

We invite you to join us for an (at home) Hole Mending Workshop, to focus on a gesture of repair and “networking” as a literal and tactile activity. To relax the senses while focusing on fixing holes in garments, soft textiles, its interwoven stories of wear and tear.

Disruptions in the weave of a garment cause holes to grow. By patching these obvious “bugs,” we remediate and re-activate unappreciated clothes without erasing traces of our bodies inhabiting them. Remediation: a technique of repair that emphasizes the repairer’s presence. To observe your hands doing needlework is to allow your mind to center and meditate upon connections.

Please note: You will be asked to take close-up photos of two garments with holes. If available, please be equipped with a needle and thread, or alternatively paper and pen. The (w)hole image series will be uploaded online via HDSA site as a visual outcome of the workshop.