Sew What!

June 23 - June 27, 2023

Sew What!


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $60

Sewing is for everyone! Come learn expansive techniques in mending to create useful and beautiful expressions that go beyond utility. Explore patchwork and repair traditions from throughout the world while creating representational narratives with recycled material. Techniques will include appliqué, embroidery, boro, sashiko, and visible mending. Traditional mending and embroidery techniques will be demonstrated and utilized to produce representational imagery by hand and machine. Sewing machine use and troubleshooting will be covered to incorporate skills into a utility apron. Those skills will be used to augment your understanding of material selection, abstraction, and advanced issues in pictorial composition on hung and worn objects. Drawing skills are not necessary, but those who enjoy representational imagery will use existing skills and new techniques for pictorial purposes. Sustainability, reuse, and socially engaged practices will be primary topics of discussion.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Jim Arendt

Jim Arendt is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. He received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. Arendt recently received First Prize during Fiberarts International 2019, was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. He has received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship 2014, the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields 2013, the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands, and he has work included in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft. Additionally, he really likes to sew.

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