September 12, 2023

Back-To-School Repair Workshop

Over 300 repairers joined our back-to-school workshop to learn theories of sewing, patching, and stitching. Healthy Materials Lab researchers Catherine Murphy and Jessica Theis taught attendees the practical art of “Boro”, a Japanese repair technique that uses Sashiko stitching.

Repair is a means of extending the life of our favorite things. Through repair, we can contribute to the circular economy by keeping items in use for longer and consuming less. By repairing, versus disposing and purchasing new, we reduce global climate risk by lowering carbon emissions that come from the manufacture of new products.

Repair requires a change in mindset. Typical design and architecture processes are structured to purchase new goods. Changing processes and mindsets are necessary to transition to a repair or circular economy.

Repairing is an actionable alternative to the chronic overconsumption, overproduction, and proliferation of carbon emissions that define our time.

Check out the YouTube recording of the event to learn the ancient art of “Boro” stitching. All you will need is a needle, thread, and an item of clothing with a small hole or worn area. Tag @healthymaterialslab on Instagram and we will share your beautiful repairs. Thank you for continuing to mend with us!

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