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These are so cozy warm, they are my go-to winter gloves and that’s why there’s a big hole. But I’m going to make that hole into something interesting.

We all have them: favorite clothes that we want to last longer. Some might have holes, others have lost their shape and some might just feel a little out of date. Darning and patching of clothes is problem solving that involves a creative challenge. To mend can become a fun and interesting craft project at the same time as old clothes are being salvaged, maybe with a new attitude or other qualities that give them a new role in the wardrobe.

Katarina Brieditis

We produce more clothes than we need, we buy more clothes than we need and we throw away more clothes than we have to. It doesn’t have to be that way. By giving our existing clothes some time and love we can continue wearing them rather than throwing them away. The pile of clothes that need mending gets a new value, it’s no longer a chore and a task, but an exciting crafts project where you can add a personal touch to garments. The most sustainable clothes in your wardrobe is the one that is already there.

Katarina Evans

These quotes are from a Q&A about “why we mend” with Selvedge magazine, August 2021. The two Katrinias are textile designers from Sweden: www.brieditis-evans.se/en-GB/about.

The practice of mending has been getting a lot of media attention lately. There are articles, books, videos, workshops all about how to mend and the new approach – visible mending. The August 2021 issue of Selvedge is completely dedicated to the craft of mending.

Mending of course has a long history. It used to be that fabric was all hand woven and therefore of great value. People didn’t have an array of clothing hanging in their closets so taking good care of what they did have was essential. In more recent history, such as The Depression of the 1930s and WWII, clothing was expensive and not all that easy to find even if one did have the money. Women remade suits, hemmed dresses, and darned many a pair of stockings and socks. But then in the 1950s manufacturing increased, inexpensive manmade fabrics hit the market, and the price of clothing decreased. Soon we were a throwaway society and no one had any idea how to darn a sock.

Today we are facing climate change and the fact that the fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to the destruction of our planet. People, even fashionable ones, are rethinking their closets and figuring out that a little mending is what’s truly fashionable.

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The pandemic has hit hard in all areas of life, but particularly restaurants, shops, theaters, and museums.

One of my favorite visits when I’m in London is the Fashion and Textile Museum located south of the Thames River in Bermondsey. Founded by fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes in 2003, FTM is now run by Newham College and offers unique fashion and textile exhibits, as well as workshops and classes. (I was privileged to view 1920s Jazz Age and write about it for Vintage Life Magazine.)

They even offer Events on Demand – for a small fee (5 pounds or approximately $7) you can watch recorded interviews and tours of exhibits.

As the only museum in the UK dedicated to featuring contemporary textile and fashion design, FTM is a rare and necessary resource for education and inspiration.

Unfortunately since March of 2020, they have lost more than 80 percent of their income and the future of the museum is “uncertain.” Yikes! FTM needs our help and to that end they have set up a crowdfunding campaign. Please consider making a donation to FTM. Any donation will help. And then put this fabulous museum on your Must Visit List when next in London.

Not familiar with FTM? You’re in for a treat. Click here.

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imagesCA4MX0JAA pattern designer should know all about the craft for which he has to draw.

– William Morris, English textile designer, artist, writer and socialist (1834-1896)

I was quite taken with William Morris after my recent visit to the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, a district of east London. Recently renovated, the 1840s mansion where Morris lived tells the story of the Victorian renaissance man.

williammorris460Mr. Morris is mostly known for his textile designs. With several partners he opened a decorative arts firm in 1861 and soon became popular with London’s bohemian crowd including Oscar Wilde. In 1861 Mr. Morris was commissioned to decorate the Green Dining Room of the South Kensington Museum, now known as the Morris Room in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Click here to learn more about William Morris.

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