Make Do & Mend Challenge opening day

Lily Homer

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Date(s) - February 2, 2019
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Holly Dumont, Remainder Stitches, 2019

Meret Piderman, Love Your Mother (Earth), 2019

This exhibition runs from February 2–March 2.

For this Stitch-at-Home Challenge, we asked our participants to consider their relationship with use and reuse. We asked them to mend, reclaim, repurpose, assemble, thrift, and blend.

Challengers addressed various themes: fast fashion[1], our relationship to clothes[2], and textile pollution and waste[3], the handworker economy.

Trends in reuse and recycling abound; countries are banning single-use plastic bags and straws left and right. Adaptive Reuse is an environmentally friendly and culturally trendy form of architecture (take the Tate Modern, London, for example), giving the dilapidated new life. What do these ideas bring to mind for you? What experiences prompt ideas of repurposing?

Like the informational pamphlet, Make Do and Mend, released by the British Ministry of Information during the resource scarcity of World War II, participants considered how to salvage, darn, and make new.


Click here for more information at the Stitch-at-Home Challenge.


[1] BBC, “Fast fashion: Inside the fight to end the silence on waste”, July 31, 2018, link.
[2] World Resources Institute, “The Apparel Industry’s Environmental Impact in 6 Graphics.” July 5, 2017, link.
[3] National Resources Defense Council, “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill,” August, 2012, link.

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