Leeza Doreian is a founding member of Mending Collective, along with Amanda Eicher and Liz Harvey.
Mending Collective is a new collective of artists who wish to create a space for people to come together to learn and practice visual mending techniques. We are concerned with economic models built on burgeoning consumption and waste specifically within the garment industry, but indicative of production in general. We explore the traditional practices of mending as a means to counter this narrative.
We offer the shared sensory, economic, and social experiences of mending together. In mending, one becomes aware of the quality of the clothing one wears, skills development meets the bounty of benefits for the mender in the actions of mending, and frugality’s inherent sensuality becomes apparent.
Mending Circle: Make Do and Mend
Mending Collectives first public action, Mending Circle: Make Do and Mend was part of 100 Days Action’s Community Care-in at Southern Exposure, March 5th 2017.
The workshop moved through a variety of techniques, inviting participants to bring items needing to be mended. Based on Make Do and Mend— a booklet published by the British Board of Trade Make Do and Mend Advisory Panel in 1943, — we ask what patriotism might be in our present time.