Mending Collective was founded in 2017 by Leeza Doreian, Liz Harvey, and Amanda Eicher. Leeza Doreian and Liz Harvey are the current members. Former members include Amanda Eicher and Danielle Wright.
Mending Collective is a collective of artists creating space for people to come together to learn and practice visual mending techniques. We are concerned with economic models dependent on escalating consumption and waste, specifically within the garment industry, but indicative of production in general. We counter this narrative through traditional practices of mending and the shared sensory and social experiences of mending together.
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Mending Circle: Make Do and Mend
Mending Collective’s first public workshop was part of 100 Days Action's Community Care-in* at Southern Exposure, March 5th, 2017.
This Mending Circle was based on Make Do and Mend— a booklet published by the British ‘Board of Trade Make Do and Mend Advisory Panel’ in 1943 as part of the war effort. In response, we ask what patriotism might be in our present time. The workshop moved through a variety of techniques, inviting participants to bring items in need of mending.
*Formed immediately after the 2016 Presidential election, 100 Days Action launched a calendar of activist and poetic action as a counternarrative to Trump's one hundred day plan.
Mending for Others Project #1
For our second action, Mending Collective offered to mend an item for each of the organizers of 100 Days Action. Our mends were intended as a form of thanks for providing a platform for dialogue and resistance.
Seven people from the group trusted us with a garment, which we received in a brown paper bag. In the spirit of anonymity, we divvied the items up, mended them as we saw fit, and returned them in the same paper bag, without any accompanying information.
Visible Mending: The Sensuality of Frugality and Conservation
Visible Mending: The Sensuality of Frugality and Conservation was held on at the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design.* This workshop focused on forms of hand mending which incorporate embroidery stitches —"embroidermending." We played with mending possibilities, and enjoyed each other's stories about ancestors’ sewing practices and the histories of the (often beloved) items to be mended.
*San Francisco School of Needlework & Design is a non-profit whose goal is to inspire the next generation of hand-embroidery artisans.
September 22, 2018
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
This fun, family-friendly workshop presented ways to rehab your beloved rough and tumble wear. Another focus was basic forms of hand mending techniques for denim —a staple in most folks’ wardrobes.
Nov. 3 - Dec. 14, 2018
Chandra Cerrito Gallery, Oakland, CA
Mending Collective was Curator-in-Residence for the gallery's Peripheral Visions program. Our exhibition, Common Threads, featured three artists whose work incorporates a critical approach to sewing in the context of the global garment industry: Carole Frances Lung/Frau Fiber, Mansur Nurullah, and Angie Wilson. We also hosted three mending related events in the gallery.
Don’t Throw It Out!
June 6, July 11, September 5, and November 7, 2019
Oakland Main Library
We are currently launching a library program, Don’t Throw It Out!, which focuses on what we affectionately call work-a-day mends. These are mends on an everyday item, something that you wear regularly – or could. It’s more likely jeans or a tee shirt than a tux or a taffeta ball gown (unless you usually wear one of these items!).