Hand Mending

Hand Mending with Nicolette Benjamin Black
Image courtesy of Nicolette Benjamin Black.

Hand Mending

With Nicolette Benjamin Black

10am-2pm Sundays

13 February, 27 February, 13 March and 27 March 2022

$260 per person

Includes all materials. Bring your own lunch.

We are committed to your safety. Workshops at Belco Arts are well ventilated and have a maximum capacity of 13 people, including the tutor. Individual workspaces are socially distanced, with masks and hand sanitiser readily available. We encourage workshop participants to be fully vaccinated, including booster vaccinations where possible, and highly recommend the use of masks when in workshops (even if not required by ACT health directives). If you have any concerns, please get in touch with us.

Interested in ethical consumption and slow fashion?

Hop on board with this introductory course to learn traditional mending techniques that will enable you to break the “fast” throw-away fashion cycle. Using low-tech, selected hand stitches, you will practice both functional and decorative repairs on clothing and textile materials.

Over the course of four fortnightly workshops, you will develop knowledge of mending methods by producing a series of reference samples, so you can complete your own repairs at home. Suitable for beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills.

Workshop Content

Week 1
Running stitch: The simplest of stitches, running stitch may be used for a variety of purposes; to repair seams, reinforce weakened fabric or hold layers together as in Japanese boro clothing.

Week 2
Edge finishing: Learn edge finishing techniques such as hemstitching, making a bias bind and applying it as a single or double bind. Applications include torn or frayed collars, cuffs and the bottoms of jeans or trousers.

Week 3
Patching: Participants will learn to apply a patch on the outside or inside of a torn garment. Worn edges may be finished using hemstitch or decorative stitching added. Related, decorative techniques of applique and reverse applique will also be considered.

Week 4
Darning: Learn to recreate a surface with darning, a technique used to weave a patch for a hole in a worn textile surface.

About Nicolette Benjamin Black

Nicolette Benjamin Black is a mixed media artist/recycler/cloth and clothes maker/educator whose art practice bridges sculpture, textiles, painting and drawing, using recycled objects, exploring memory and place, and women’s place in the home.

Black trained at the Australian National University and has a BA in Visual Arts. Nicolette also has a Grad. Dip. in Family History from the University of Tasmania.

Black has taught in many institutions including Belconnen Arts Centre, Goulburn Regional Gallery, and as a guest tutor in the papermaking department at the Australian National University.

Black was a finalist in Through the Looking Glass (Melbourne), Off the Wall (Sydney), Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting (Dubbo and Sydney), Cowra Festival Art Awards, Fleurieu Peninsula Beinnale, Country Energy Art Prize and Craft-in-Site (Craft ACT).

Black has exhibited nationally and internationally in New York and Italy.

More info

Please contact Belco Arts via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.