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Tuesday, October 8 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
'Making do’ to Sewing-up Protest: A Hands-on Mending Workshop

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Mending, a critical skill of garment maintenance, has a long history and multiple cultural associations ranging from the practicality of thrift, gendered domestic labor, and preservation of artifacts, to assertion of individuality and symbol of protest.  This workshop brings together perspectives on mending from history, museum practice, and contemporary social movements along with a guided hands-on session, and asks the maintainers community to reflect on the contemporary relationship between people and their clothing:  How can practices of maintenance promote agency within the lifecycle of clothing, from its production to “end of life”, and what broader implications exist for our communities? Participants in this session are invited to bring their own items of clothing in need of mending with them to the workshop, which will conclude with instruction in mending and darning techniques, with time to mend clothing together.

Target Audience

People engaged in the fields of textiles, fashion, conservation, materials history, STS, craft enthusiasts, menders - anyone who washes, cares for, or wears clothes!

Key Learning Objectives

-Reflect upon the lifecycle of one’s own clothing
-Understand contemporary mending practices within a longer historical frame
-Discuss one’s own clothing maintenance practices
-Analyze the role of current fashion industries in one’s own clothing maintenance or mending practices
-Apply mending practices to a personal item

Workshop Structure/Agenda

The first half of this workshop will consist of a presentation on the social relevance of modern mending, punctuated throughout by activities where attendees will have the chance to reflect on and discuss their own clothing maintenance practices in groups with others. At the end of the workshop, attendees will be invited to mend a piece of their own clothing in community with each other.


Tuesday October 8, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom

Attendees (19)