re/touches: workshop organised by Constant

In the weekend of the 17th of December we will look at the act of
repairing. We focus on textile and clothing, looking how something is
woven, stitched together, consisting of threads and layers, and how these
structures break, wear and tear with a body inside.

The Friday afternoon from 14 to 17h Abla who works as a volunteer in the
Vaartkapoen repair and retouche atelier
( will show us the work they do.
She will also show a technique for repairing.

In the weekend we will alternate looking at this wear and tear, share
stories, exhibit images and learn to repair, with the advice of professional seamstresses...

If you want to enroll and for more details on this programme please
contact wendy [attt]

Repairing requires an understanding of the item you want to work on.
How far would you go in repairing coveted item of clothing?
What parts of clothes are fragile?
Where does an item of clothing wear and tear?
what are fragile points? What is the relationship with your body and
your activity?

Repairing prolongs the life of a manufactured item, something not really
stimulated in these times of fast consumption.
This workshop is meant to let us learn repairing techniques from each
other as this place of meeting is a way of transmitting knowledge. These repair techniques were
previously more taught in a family context, because clothes were rare
and precious .
We would like to talk about this subject and work together.
Bring your favourite reparations
How did you learn to repair?
Do you have favourite methods?
Did you learn specific techniques for particular items of clothing?


  • Bring items of clothing that you want to repair - and bring your favourite reparation, preferred tools.
  • On site we have sewing machines, mannequins, thread - but anything out of the ordinary, please foresee this yourself (such as for examples zippers).

Friday 17/12/2010

  • 14h: start workshop, Abla will show her techniques of repairing she has learnt and which she applies in her practice ate the Retouches atelier of De Vaartkapoen
  • 17h: End of the workshop
  • 17-18: the weekly FoAm drink, bring your own drinks.

Saturday 18/12/2010

  • 11h: start workshop
    Rosalie & Eugenie, two professional couturieres, will look at the clothing we bring to be repaired. We will also look a fragile points in clothes. Each one of us can bring particular repair techniques forward, to be discussed together. It’s the idea that we share ways of working. We will also listen to the stories recorded by Muriel about reparations.
  • Lunch: soup and bread is foreseen at a very democratic price
  • 18h: end of the workshop
  • Between 18h & 20h Maccloud will bring a story about his pants - combined with a musical intervention. There will be a reception for the exhibition of repaired clothing, the photographs of before and after reparation, a series of images of Retouche ateliers by Fabienne and the les livres-vêtements of Christel and Marie.

Sunday 19/12/2010

  • 11h: start workshop
    A day to continue working and sharing.
  • 18h End of the workshop

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Splinter Fields is an initiative of Brussels based organizations active
within the fields of technological and media arts (Constant, FoAM, nadine
and OKNO) to foster collaborative, agile and flexible learning. The
programme of workshops, study-groups and field-tests is open to artists,
designers, technologists and other generalists curious to explore tools
and mindware for experiments in contemporary culture and daily life.

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