Resiliency is fostered in small acts of doing things ourselves. Mending clothes is a beginning...A place to get our hands moving, to build confidence, to show care for ourselves, and our clothes as we repair.
“When you walk through the world with a mend on your clothes, you should feel incredibly proud of your ingenuity and resiliency. You are wearing your gratitude, your convictions. You are healing in a small but very big way. It is beautiful."
~Nina & Sonya from a Mending Life.
COVID has been slowing me down. COVID has slowed so many things down. And in the moments of quiet slowness, I have been mending. It is repetitive. It is calming and meditative. It is slow.
Mending takes a lot of time. And when you are done and you wear your lovingly mended object, it is likely to rip again. Mending really is an ongoing act of repair. A reminder that it takes time to mend and make. It is also a reminder that it is a journey, a path, rather than a destination.
There are two books that I have found inspirational and informative as I dig into mending. One was gifted- Mend & Patch by Kerstin Neumeuller. And one was bought- Mending Life: A handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts by Nina and Sonya Montenegro.
I originally bought Far Wood’s mending zine. The little zine is great. It is packed full of informative and easy to access tips. When their book came out last year, I got super excited to buy it. While the book stays at home, the zine is currently being passed around between friends, encouraging others to mend and mend again.