WORKSHOP | Boro Bags with Maren & Sylvia

WORKSHOP | Boro Bags with Maren & Sylvia

When: 14 August 2021, 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: artisan, 45 King Street and Machinery Lane, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006

Cost: $120 per person, limited to 12 places

About the workshop:

In this workshop participants will learn the technique of Sashiko stitching, and learn to up-cycle fabric into your very own Boro bag. The technique of Boro and Sashiko stitches are a traditional Japanese method of holding fabric together, often for the purpose of mending. Participants will learn the principles of up-cycling, respect for the discarded, and slow stitching as a practice of mindfulness. The stitches taught in this workshop can be applied to any other item. This workshop is suited to anyone with an interest in textiles and fabric, textile practices from diverse cultures, and learning new skills. Participants will learn how a simple running stitch and a few fabric pieces are all that is required to create a unique piece of art, and a functional one at that!

Included in workshop ticket:

  • A small pre-prepared bag base & lining
  • All tools i.e. needles, yarn, straps, buttons
  • Textile books to peruse with ample fabric swatches to up-cycle
  • Your finished (or almost finished, if you are a perfectionist!) Boro Bag to take home
  • Information handout
  • Some new skills
  • Light refreshments

What to bring:

  • If you’d like to, feel free to bring some small pieces of pre-loved fabric to up-cycle!
  • Clothes that can get dirty, or an apron
  • If you have fabric scissors, feel free to bring them along!
  • Closed in shoes

About the facilitator:

Maren Götzmann is a Brisbane and Berlin based artist, trained in and working across the media of textiles, drawing and artist books. Her work has been exhibited nationally and overseas. During recent years, Maren has developed a range of textile art, motivated by her love of natural materials (linen, silk, cotton) and her commitment to re-use, re-invent and up-cycle. Each garment and textile piece is a unique and one-off handmade work, based on a minimalist design pattern. Maren, who often focuses on collaborate working processes, is also a passionate arts educator. During her 30 year career, she has facilitated numerous textile workshops, art community workshops, and taught art history at tertiary level.

Sylvia Watt is a Brisbane based textile artist and teacher. She has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and abroad. Sylvia developed and ran an Arts program for people with mental health issues in Brisbane. She has always been involved with fabric/clothing, whether it is vintage or second hand, with particular interest in reinvention and transformation into one-off pieces. Transformation is at the heart of her artistic endeavour. Sylvia has facilitated numerous diverse art and textile workshops throughout her long career.

Maren’s and Sylvia’s artistic collaboration allows their passion and vision of art and textiles to be presented in up cycling workshops.

Skill Level:

The workshop is suited to beginners- as long as you can make a stitch, you can do it! (and if you can’t, we will show you!)



COVID-Safe Policy:

Please be assured artisan has well considered COVID-safe protocols regarding our workshop programming. You will be offered socially distanced seating, access to your own PPE sanitation options at your workspace, and a large extremely well ventilated workshop venue. If you have any queries, please contact

Workshop Cancellation Policy:

Please note this workshop can be cancelled by artisan due to unforeseen circumstances or if minimum numbers are not reached. In this event participants will be refunded accordingly and as soon as possible.

Participant Cancellation Policy:

Workshops have limited spaces and involve preparation by the facilitator.

Bookings cancelled up to one week prior to the start of the workshop may be refunded, but a 20% non-refundable administration fee will be deducted.

Bookings cancelled within a week of the workshop commencing will NOT be refunded.

You are welcome to transfer your booking to another person prior to the workshop commencing. Please confirm this arrangement in writing to

Image: courtesy of Joachim Froese, 2021


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