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Sashiko Workshop: Small Projects in Japanese Embroidery

Presented by Western Hills Garden at Western Hills Garden, Occidental CA

Jun 24
Sashiko Workshop: Small Projects in Japanese Embroidery

Join Bay Area artist Lena Wolff to learn the meditative art of Sashiko.

In this introductory workshop, participants will learn the techniques, materials, and methods of Sashiko, a meditative form of embroidery that draws from a lexicon of lyrical and geometric patterns that developed in Japan in the early 1600’s. Together we’ll make two small projects – a hand-sewn coaster and lavender filled pouch with linen and naturally dyed Sashiko thread. The basic principles of Sashiko will be introduced, including an array of stitches and how to read and draft patterns onto fabric with ease. Reference material will be given to all students at the end of the class as fodder for future projects with clothing or textiles.


$75 to enroll. $15 materials fee due onsite.

Snacks and a simple vegan lunch served. Bring your own if you have dietary restrictions.


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Instructor Bio:  Lena Wolff is an interdisciplinary visual artist, craftswoman and activist for democracy who has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since the early 1990’s. Her work includes drawing, collage, sculpture, text-based works, music and public projects. In recent years, she generated several projects that contribute to civic engagement, including a widespread anti-hate poster campaign and a public art initiative to boost voter participation that has gained national reach in the past three election cycles in the US. Her work has been exhibited nationally and collected by ONE National Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Berkeley Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco History Collection at San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Arts Commission, Alameda County Arts Commission, Cleveland Clinic, University of Iowa Museum and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, among others. She has taught independently at Pixar Animation Studios, Kala Art Institute, Disney Animation Studios, Nike and independently out of her studio in Berkeley, California for over a decade.

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Western Hills Garden

16250 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental, CA

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