The idea of this ongoing project is to encourage people to engage with repair, emotional or literal, and consider the history held in garments and other fabric items as a kind of meditative, calm and simple task. It is open to people of any skill level, and is not about precision.
I have been mailing out packages to participants, each containing an illustrated instructional booklet, a piece of fabric, a sewing needle and two lengths of thread.
The booklet is handmade from 100% recycled paper, the fabric, needle and thread are either part of my own resources or locally sourced in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This project engages with many fields of study and practice, including (but not limited to) healing through mending, Mail Art practice, memory studies, sustainable and conscious clothing consumption, and resistance to the unethical and abusive conditions of global textile production.
The responses I have received from participants have spoken to sentiment, memory and history held in clothing and fabric items. These can be read by following the above link.
The project is open to more participants - if you wish to be involved, or to discuss it further, please feel free to contact me, I would love to speak with you.