I first learned about the long history of mending while I was attending the Alberta University of the Arts.
Since then, mending has been an integral part of my life for the last four years, giving me the ability to mend clothing for myself and others. I believe it is a great way to be more conscious of fast fashion and the devastating pollution it creates. Decorative mending gives worn out garments a new life: instead of throwing the clothing item away, one can mend their clothing decoratively adding character and individuality to an otherwise normal garment. The garments then become a cherished belonging and piece of wearable art that one can pass down to future generations.
In my work I draw inspiration from the traditional Japanese technique called "Boro" which translates to "ragged", "rags" or "tattered". This style of repeatedly patching garments, over many years and even over many generations, uses traditional "Sashiko" stitching to quilt patches onto the worn area of the garment.
However, my technique has been mostly self-taught, without formal training in traditional "Sashiko" techniques. This is why I refer to my work as Decorative Mending.
To read more about my mending journey, and to see a list of my favourite resources please read my blog post on Growing co. 's page.