I’ve been working with a small group on a project I’m calling A Year of Mindful Mending. I wrote the following lines to the students, which I thought would be fun to share here. At the end there’s an idea for a bit of mending homework. Enjoy!
I hope you are all feeling inspired and in some way working on your mending or haptic journal in whatever form that may take. What will you use your patch for that we created in community? I am so bursting with ideas that I hardly know where to begin, but I am starting with a deep breath and organization helps. I have been cleaning my studio which feels very relevant before embarking on more projects and my departure to Portland. I am putting together my traveling mending kit and work to bring that is easy to travel with. If you are traveling this is a great way to use the time waiting for planes or in transit.
For a little homework, if you need some inspiration, start making some patches that are samplers of techniques you want to learn. One great technique used on the Panamanian molas is called reverse applique. This is where you have TWO TO THREE (or more) LAYERS OF FABRIC AND TACK THEM TOGETHER with a basting thread. With a seem ripper or small sharp scissors, cut a slit or hole and turn the edges under and you have revealed the fabric on the lower piece(s). This is a good intro exercise to start using applique on your patches and using up small pieces of interesting fabric that may have gone un-noticed.