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Garment Transformations: Thrift is Poetic

  • Oregon College of Art & Craft 8245 Southwest Barnes Road Portland, OR, 97225 United States (map)

There’s a history of thriftiness in many cultures.  In Japan, mottainai is a term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste.  The British proclaim, “Make do or do without.”  The American phrase is “Waste not, want not,” to imply if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need.  This class is an exercise in creative re-use.  By restructuring thrift store men’s shirts (or family excess?) we will construct new garments that are inexpensive, modern, and fully original without proclaiming their origins. “Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” (G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World)

Prerequisites: None


$165 tuition + $10 studio fee

Workshop Date:

Saturday and Sunday, February 17 & 18, 2018
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225


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Earlier Event: January 17
Natural Dye Study Group, Session One