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January 18, 2020 2:00–5:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center
Special Topics

Radical Repair Workshop Debut

Taught by Julia Gartrell

Visit the Radical Repair Workshop

Julia Gartrell, an artist and sculptor from Durham, has been in residence in the Rubenstein Arts Center since November developing the Radical Repair Workshop. This pop-up art experience—inside a vintage 1966 Frolic camper—will encourage participants and viewers to consider their relationship to mending, sentimental objects, single-use items, and radical (potentially non-functional) modes of repair.

After months of repair to the trailer itself, step into the Radical Repair Workshop during its first visit to Duke’s campus on the heels of its premiere at Durham’s Third Friday! Inside you will find a small gallery, a workshop space, and information on both repair in general and the project in specific.

Through future workshops and visits around the region, the Radical Repair Workshop will teach concrete skills, such as sewing and darning, but also explore abstract notions of repair.

Learn to patch holes in clothing at the Radical Repair Workshop opening!

On site there will be materials and instructions for you to learn how to patch fabric using the methods of darning and hand stitching. Practice on the materials we have on hand, or bring a real item of clothing you’d like to repair yourself.

Donate your broken goods to the Radical Repair Workshop!

Support the project by bringing in ripped clothing, broken hand tools, ceramics, or broken personal accessories (glasses, watches, or jewelry) to donate to the archive. You will fill out a brief history of the item and your object will join the permanent archive of the Radical Repair Workshop!

Free Artstigator-edition cookies from Mad Hatters, too!

About the Artist

Julia Gartrell is an artist and educator based in Durham, NC. She received an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in art from Kalamazoo College.  Her work explores notions of “making do”, material plasticity, and radical approaches to repair.

She has participated in residencies at the Rubenstein Art Center, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Ox-Bow School of Art, and others. Julia has exhibited nationally and internationally, and currently teaches as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

About the Location

The Radical Repair Workshop is a transformed vintage camper that will be stationed behind the Ruby for this special visit. Depending on the weather, the makerspace may also be used.

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will only be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).