Backpatch Workshops

From 2018 to 2019 Feral Fabric led a series of free backpatch workshops that looked at fabric’s history as a radical tool for communication.  We encouraged participants to celebrate their identity and get a little weird using applique and other surface decoration techniques, as a continuation of the Bay Area’s tradition of radical textile production and clothing modification. We see these workshops as part of the lineage of Native Funk and Flash, DIY, Punk, story quilts and political banners. The workshops took place as unsanctioned pop-ups at parks and festivals, at San Francisco’s Sunday Streets, as programming at NIAD and BAMPFA, and at Figment’s decommodified art fair.