Mending as Metaphor Presentation and Mending Circle
October 20 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
A presentation on mending and a mending workshop
Mending as Metaphor
Presentation and Mindful Mending Workshop at Portland Textile Month
Ruth Katzenstein Souza
A presentation on my personal journey of my mending practice and how that connects to the global mending movement. Following the workshop, we’ll have a chance to share stories and work on mending a garment or creating patches.
This workshop on mindful mending is being offered to explore the possibilities of transforming garments through piecing, patching and slow stitching techniques. Students are encouraged to bring a beloved garment, textile or quilt that is in need of repair or transformation. Over the 3 hours we spend together there will be discussion on ways to incorporate the practice of mending into daily life and to infuse new life into textiles.
In this time of overwhelm where the environment is facing so many perils, mending what we can and joining in community is very healing. Mending our textiles and being more thoughtful consumers will help keep textiles out of landfills. We will explore the idea of Kintsugi or “Golden Mending” which accentuates the repair and renders the piece more valuable because of the story. Hopefully each mender will use this information in their own way to enhance their life, build a mending practice, share it with others and connect with the stories behind their textiles.
Organized by Ruth Katzenstein Souza
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