Repair and Visible Mending


Pinterest is one of my favorite things. It’s a tiny glossy magazine in the palm of your hand. I love how you can search a subject, click on a picture you like, then scroll down and see other pictures that relate to the subject. It is super convenient for finding things quickly, like variations on lentil soup recipes, fiber installations, fingerless glove patterns, cute black shoes, pictures of oak leaves…whatever you NEED at the moment, it’s somewhere in Pinterest! 

My latest pinning craze is a Japanese visible mending technique called Boro that uses Sashiko stitching to mend fabric.  I love the technique and want to use it in my art, but at the moment, I’m a little stumped as to how I can work it in to my current body of work. 

I like the IDEA behind Boro, the act of not only mending something that is damaged, but that the mending becomes part of the beauty or character of the piece. 

So much of the time, when we talk about mending something, we are trying to return it back to they way it was BEFORE it was damaged. We want the mending to be invisible. We don’t want to acknowledge the damage. We want to repair it so it looks brand new. 

Is that every really possible? 

When we repair a relationship, can we get back to square one? When we recover our health, are we really the same as before? When we forgive someone, can we truly forget? When we make a big mistake, can we fully correct it?

Isn’t there always a mark left behind? Can the mark be beautiful or is it always ugly? If it’s ugly, is that why we want to hide it?

These are deep questions and somehow I’ve connected it to Boro. I’m not sure how it will all play out, but I know that something new is coming down the creative pipeline. In the meantime, I pin and I pin and I pin!

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