Let's Mend It!

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Let's Mend It!

Thursday, May 20, 2021 (6-7:30 PM CT) with Maddy Bartsch

Level of Instruction
Beginner-Friendly, Ages 16+
$20.00 Members
$22.00 Non-members

People have turned to mending to extend the functionality and life of their textiles for thousands of years. That tradition continues today with a call to action to care for your clothing and keep textiles out of the landfill and in your closet. We'll talk through picking the right mend for your project, techniques for repair, what supplies you'll need, and how to feel confident taking on whatever your closet throws at you. This class is designed as a demonstration-based class where students can ask questions but is not designed as a project-based class.

This class is one Zoom session on May 20 (6-7:30 pm CT). 

Don't hesitate to contact Josh Torkelson, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (jtorkelson@vesterheim.org).  

This class is offered in coordination with the free webinar event, Creating Textiles Differently: Sustainable Fiber Systems Webinar, on Thursday, April 15 (7:30-8:30 pm CT).

Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection. A list of basic materials will be sent out the week before class. 

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive a link to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the first group meeting. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's email address or be prepared to forward all communications. 

Enrollment Deadline: May 19, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Maddy Bartsch

Maddy Bartsch

Maddy Bartsch is an artist, educator, and organizer of decentralized textile economies based in Minneapolis. She is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Three Rivers Fibershed, an affiliate branch of Fibershed, and just finished a three-year term as President of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. She was project manager for the Minnesota Hemp Wool Project, the Three Rivers Fibershed Regional Fiber Sourcebook, and the Food Fighters Project and has previous experience as a Farm Educator at Gale Woods Farm. Maddy speaks on the topic of local fiber systems and sustainable textiles and teaches fiber arts classes to learners of all ages throughout the Midwest.

Learn more: Enjoy a video recording of the online presentation Creating Textiles Differently, as Maddy demystifies what is going on in contemporary textile systems and what alternative and other opportunities exist to be involved from the start to the finish.