Textile Arts L.A. board member Ruth Katzenstein Souza will be presenting on Mending as Metaphor at Art Division on Wednesday, June 19th from 6-8pm. She will also hold a workshop for Art Division students on Saturday, June 22nd at her studio.
There is a growing movement toward repair and remaking of clothing to combat the waste and mindless consumption that is so toxic to our world. This personal account chronicles my interest in mending that has developed from textile and art making with found materials. The waste and pollution caused by industry and textile production in particular is daunting. In light of these immense issues I find myself constantly questioning, what can I do to add to the repair of the world? One way is to appreciate imperfection and embrace the idea of Kintsugi or “Golden Mending” which celebrates the story of the repair and the visible mend. The mythologist Michael Meade suggests that if we “mend the crack nearest us” the world becomes mended. When gathering to mend and tell stories, new webs form; ideas grow out of the collective experience and each mender goes out into their community with a new lens. The circle keeps widening to include people of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds. Mending seems to touch on something mythic and ancient and yet very universal, practical and of this moment. This presentation with images tells the story of my practice, Mending as Metaphor but it also encompasses a greater movement that is universal.
Workshop info can be found on Art Division here.