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Mending as Metaphor / Mending Circle

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FREE EVENT on
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 12NOON - 3 PM

“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, resold, recycled, composted, it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.” – Pete Seeger

This workshop will provide time for attendees to bring a textile or piece of clothing to repair, mend, embroider, patch or transform. There will be time to share what you brought and explore techniques and materials that have been used historically and some that are particular to our time. As we are living in an increasingly disposable culture we will focus on the idea of repair as metaphor for treasuring what we have and the idea of what is “enough”. Please bring a small sewing kit with scissors, needles, thimble and thread as well as any particular materials you want to work with.

To use our hands and our imagination in the company of other textile enthusiasts is a gift and a form of meditation.  Can we connect to that by doing slow stitching in a fast-paced world?

Ruth Katzenstein Souza has been holding Mending as Metaphor circles as well as maintaining a textile practice using found and re-purposed materials.

 “WHOLENESS DOES NOT MEAN PERFECTION. IT MEANS EMBRACING BROKENNESS AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF LIFE.” – PARKER J PALMER