Make Mend: I'm DYE-ING to Make That!

Wabi-Sabi Workshop Series
Free hands-on class
Dec 6, 11am - 3pm
USC Fisher Museum Courtyard


Admission is free. Reservations recommended here.

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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 “I’m DYE-ING to Make That!” workshop, participants will join USC Roski professor Sherin Guirguis, Dean of USC Roski Haven Lin-Kirk, and members of the Roski staff around the indigo vat and stitch table to dye Shibori patches and learn the art of Boro mending. All materials and supplies will be provided to make one-of-a-kind creations and repair or elevate tattered or damaged clothing.


Related events:

Make Mend: DARN.
Wabi-Sabi Workshop Series
Friday, September 10, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watt Hall Courtyard
For more info, click here.

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.