Carve and print your own counterculture patches in this half-day workshop!
Patches, patches, and more patches!
Patches have been around for as long as we’ve had clothing. They have been used for repair, identification, award, and fashion, especially in the western counterculture. In the 60’s and & 70’s, decorative patches were mostly embroidered and featured goovy messages of peace and love. By the late 70’s and 80’s, patches were more primitive, roughly cut and sewn to clothing (or even pinned), and the messages were often subversive and angry. Whatever the method or message though, patches have always had a place in history and now in this workshop, you can make your very own! Use them for repair, for fun, or for getting out your own subversive messages.
Students in this workshop will design and carve their own blocks and then print the designs onto fabric to cut into patches. Students will learn basic methods for design, transferring, cutting, and printing as well as several methods for attaching freshmade patches to clothing-including a basic embroidery lesson for anyone interested. Students can also print their designs directly onto clothing if desired.
All supplies will be provided and students will go home with as many patches as we can print (which will depend largely on individual carving and printing speed). Students are encouraged (but not required) to trade with each other at the end of the workshop!
Please note that this is not a t-shirt printing class
- Class Coordinator