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Textile repairer Molly Martin hosted a day of slow stitching and mindful clothing repair.

Mindful Mending
with Molly Martin

18th/19th of January 2020

In this workshop most beloved and broken garments were repaired using traditional hand sewing and patching techniques, inspired by Japanese boro repair.

During the class Molly shared her extensive knowledge on the history of repair and discuss the mindful and meditative aspects derived from these ancient practices.

Each participant had a small linen patch to work on first as a sample to then move on to the garments that they had brought along.

All participants learned the skills you need to repair and restore your most treasured textiles and enjoy them for many more years to come. Taking these useful and mindful skills home with them forever.

"Nothing is finished, nothing is perfect and nothing lasts" - A Japanese proverb

Molly Martin works as a professional textile repairer, specialising in delicate fabric restoration and Japanese boro repair. She has taught numerous workshops on the art of mending throughout the UK, working closely with slow fashion brands such as egg and Toast. Molly hopes to encourage more people to mend their clothes in an attempt to make a small difference in the ever wasteful fast fashion industry. She says that ‘mending can be a tonic; igniting a mindful appreciation of being in the moment. She believes that mending by hand encourages us to slow down and by doing so, the process can help us to reconnect to ourselves and the clothes that we wear.