Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA) is pleased to present “Visible Mending: Create Your Own Mending Kit” with Jeanna Wigger—a single-day workshop on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at SVMoA’s Hailey Classroom. The Museum’s 2020–2021 Craft Series Workshops are generously supported by Heather Horton and Deida Runswick.
Visible mending is a mindful, sustainable way to extend the life of beloved clothing that involves repairing more and buying less. Workshop participants will learn hand-sewing techniques for mending clothes in a decorative way. These include making visible repairs to denim and knits by using patches, reverse patches and darning, and creating a mending kit from patches that they sew during the class.
In addition to providing hands-on instruction, instructor Jeanna Wigger will discuss the history of the human relationship with clothing, the textile industry and ways to reduce waste by limiting one’s reliance on new consumption. Visible mending is one piece of this puzzle.
All materials for the workshop are provided, including a workbook with mending instructions and information about the textile industry. This is an adult class (designed for students 15 years and older), and beginners are welcome.
Jeanna Wigger has been repurposing textiles for over 30 years, beginning with an upcycled denim bag she made for a first-grade environmental project. Her textile experience ranges from quilting, knitting and garment sewing to embroidery and needle felting. In 2017, she started Sage Woolens, a creative business with a mission of mending vintage wool clothing and making useful products, including bags and home décor, from discarded wool textiles. She loves combining her passions for teaching, history and sewing in hands-on workshops and educational events to empower others to make sustainable, creative changes in their own lives.
“Jeanna has wonderful ideas about reusing and improving aged clothing,” said Jeanne Knott, Visual Arts Class Assistant at SVMoA. “This workshop will be both practical and inspiring.”
In the interest of community health and safety, SVMoA is adhering to CDC guidelines and the Governor of Idaho’s orders as it invites people back to its museum, classes and programs. Museum visitors and class participants should wear face masks and abide by social distancing recommendations. Anyone who feels ill or lives with someone who is ill should stay at home. Also, SVMoA is limiting the number of participants in its museum and programs to assist with safe social distancing.
Tuition for “Visible Mending: Create Your Own Mending Kit” with Jeanna Wigger is $75 for SVMoA members and $85 for nonmembers. For more information and to reserve a space in the workshop (limited spaces), please visit svmoa.org or call 208.726.9491.