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Workshops & seminars

Japanese Ways of Designing and Consuming Fashion with Care

Part of the MDES22 Research-Creation Show

Date & time
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration is closed


Larissa Zemke


This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


The event is hosted in three parts:

  1. Designer Talk  (2:30-3:00 pm)

  2. Japanese Natural Dyeing Workshop (3:00 - 5:00 pm)

  3. “Japanese Museum of Touch” Interactive Experience (5-5:30 pm)

Designer talk with Larissa Zemke

Larissa’s field research conducted in Japan over the span of one year (2019-20) on Japanese caring ways of designing & consuming textiles and clothing will be presented along with a walk-through of her exhibit to explain her research-creation process.

Japanese Natural Dyeing Workshop

Participants will join a natural dyeing workshop to learn about using shibori techniques and food waste. They will also have the option of doing an interactive audio-visual and haptic experience, “The Japanese Museum of Touch,” that will introduce them to Japanese aesthetics and philosophies. 

The mission is to give a second/new life to used clothes and value the relationship between wearer and garment through natural dyeing and shibori techniques.

Natural Dyeing Pre-workshop preparation (for in-person attendance) :

Collect garments from your wardrobe that you like but don't mind getting altered (a new life through tie-dyeing) and wash them. 

Look for garments with fabrics that have the following characteristics: 

Color: White, light colored, plain(no print design), content: 100% natural fiber ( cotton, linen, silk, wool).

Bring them to the workshop.

Don't worry you will get to take it home after the workshop.

This event is part of the MDES22 Research-Creation Show.

“Japanese Museum of Touch” Interactive Experience

The workshop will feature a short film and a tactile experience of Japanese objects.


How can you participate? 

Attend the workshop in person (note, there is a maximum of 25 audience members permitted in the space) or online by registering for the Zoom meeting or watching live on 4th Space's YouTube channel.

Have questions? Send them to

MDES22 Research-Creation Show

Consider it a large showroom of different ideas in design domains that will present, teach and inspire new ideas for you. The MDES22-research-creation show is Concordia University’s graduation show in design. In the exhibition, the students will display their designs and creations pertaining to their thesis. There will also be a series of different roundtables and workshops concerning research-creation topics. This exhibition will surely benefit the visitors who are interested in multidisciplinary design.

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