Mend & Make Well with Jessica Vellenga

Lots going on with the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild this week. Tomorrow (Saturday June 24) is an event open to the public: MEND AND MAKE WELL offered by Jessica Vellenga.

To be held in the Textiles Studio in the Art Gallery of Burlington (from 1pm to 4pm).

Mend and Make Well is an ongoing, participatory artwork about the material items we cherish that tell the stories of our lives.

All are welcome to bring items in need of repair, which Jessica will repair for free using traditional mending, darning, knitting and crochet techniques. She will also photograph the mended items and ask the participant the history of their item and the story that it holds.

The photographs and stories will be included in her installation as a part of the Canadian Craft Biennial at the Art Gallery of Burlington August 19 – October 29, 2017

Mend & Make Well storytelling suggestions for clothing or items in need of repair.

Participants are welcome to use the storytelling questions below share their stories.  Or write their own story.

  • Please introduce yourself, what is your name, what do you do?
  • What is your item in need of repair?
  • Describe what the item looks like, how does it feel, what is the texture, what is the style, it’s fit?
  • How was it made? Where is it from?
  • Where did you get it?  Was it a gift?
  • Did it belong to someone else, and what is your relationship to them?
  • How do you feel when you wear it?
  • Why have you kept it?
  • What needs to be mended?
  • How did the damage to the item happen?
  • What is the history of the item?
  • What happened to you when you wore it?
  • What memories does it hold?
  • What do you think of when you see or wear it?.
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