March 16th, 2019 1pm-4pm
As part of the Cedarburg SPUR, Heidi Parkes introduces a contemporary approach to mending clothes and quilts. With the advent of ‘fast fashion,’ our clothing is getting worn less, and worn-out faster. This is taxing on the environment, textile workers, and our pocketbooks. Mending allows us to breath life into our most-loved clothing, and ultimately gives us the confidence to invest in high quality garments because we know they can be repaired.
Parkes takes inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which values impermanence, economy, intimacy, and appreciates the ingenious integrity of nature. ‘Boro’ mending invites us to think of the wear-and-tear that inevitably show up on well-loved textiles as a 'collaboration with nature’. Parkes blends this traditional technique with new insights based on comfort, strength, and beauty. Believing that a mend should never apologize for itself, you will learn to make repairs with confidence!