Make Mend: DARN.

Wabi-Sabi Workshop Series
Free hands-on class
Sept 10, 10am - 3pm
Watt Hall Courtyard


Admission is free. Reservations required here

Please note: This event will require masks indoors and outdoors for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Unvaccinated individuals must maintain a 6’ physical distance from those outside of their household while consuming food or beverage. Anyone refusing to comply with mask requirements is subject to removal from the event. To notify the university of a positive case of COVID-19, please call 213-740-6291 or email

All attendees are required to complete a TROJAN CHECK wellness assessment. Please be sure to complete PRIOR to arriving on campus. Click here to complete 


Wabi-sabi is the Japanese concept of “flawed beauty,” or beauty in imperfection. Many of the art and craft practices associated with wabi-sabi include everyday techniques and skills to elevate or showcase broken or damaged objects and highlight their flaws. Such mending and reflecting on repair can bring with it healing and acceptance of imperfection or transience.

Make Mend is a series of wabi-sabi workshops presented by the USC Roski School of Art and Design that will explore fixing or improving what is damaged, broken, or torn, with respect towards the handmade and creativity as a wellness practice. Participants are invited to bring items that need repair, embellishment, or altering, and all skill levels are welcome.

At the “DARN.” workshop, join Dean of USC Roski Haven Lin-Kirk and members of the USC Roski faculty and staff in a sewing circle for demonstrations of visible stitching, Sashiko (slow stitching), and darning techniques. Kits will be provided to participants, who will repair and elevate their damaged clothing through patching, mending, and visible sewing, and promote sustainability on a personal level.


Related events:

Make Mend: I’m DYE-ING to Make That!
Wabi-Sabi Workshop Series
Monday, December 6, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum of Art Courtyard
For more info, click here.
Participants do not need to remain for the full class

Make Mend: Kintsugi Hack
Wabi-Sabi Workshop Series
Friday, April 15, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Galen Ceramics Studio, Watt Hall 107
For more info, click here.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Co-sponsored by the USC Fisher Museum of Art and the USC Pacific Asia Museum.