*in the media and on the web
I’m particularly interested in the social history of fashion, not least how garments have been made. So here’s a story I dug up about Bath’s Victorian corset factory for the March 2017 issue of The Bath Magazine.
I authored two feature articles in the May/June 2016 issue (#70) of Selvedge magazine.
‘The Hole Truth’ (below) is an extensive exploration of the well-worn problem of clothes moths and what can be done about them, beginning with a glimpse at state-of-the-art museum pest management practice, while ‘Mending: the ancient art of making wHOLE’ is a brief history of textile repair.
My flame sock darn was featured in the December 2015 issue of Australian craft magazine Homespun, in an article about modern mending.
My tutorial for an oval jeans knee patch is over here on the Sewing Directory site (published October 2015).
The Big Mend gets a mention in Kate Fletcher and Mathilda Tham’s Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion (published 2015) as ‘a great example’ of a mending event involving ‘artisan and activist individuals within fashion and craft communities’.
‘Stunned amazement’ best described my response to being included in the Independent on Sunday‘s Happy List 2014 of 100 people in Britain singled out for enriching the lives of others. My presence there appeared to be for services to mending, though I was never quite sure.
Sustainable clothing charity Traid kindly featured me (and my pledge to source 95% of my wardrobe secondhand, alongside students from Bath Spa University) over here in their April 2014 newsletter.
Anna König mentioned this blog (and the Big Mend) as a manifestation of mending in contemporary culture in her academic exploration ‘A Stitch in Time: Changing Cultural Constructions of Craft and Mending’ published in Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, 5 (33), pp. 569-585, ISSN 2000-1525.
Back in the summer of 2013, I embroidered a napkin for an imaginative concept in dementia care, The Napkin Project, organised by Willis Newson. Over 120 napkins were completed, so I was particularly delighted to see my handiwork featured here in The Guardian write-up (image 11/12).
My apron repair was featured in a book on mending creatively entitled Mend it Better by Kristin M. Roach of Craft Leftovers (you’ll find the link in my blogroll) published in the US by Storey Publishing in February 2012.
Jenni Stuart Anderson kindly included my work in the gallery section of More Rag Rugs and Recycled Textile Projects published December 2011.
As a founding contributor to Mollie Makes magazine (Future Publishing’s bestselling crafting and lifestyle title), my strawberry emeries (a traditional sewing box staple used for sharpening and conditioning needles) were featured on the front cover of issue 2, published 9th June 2011. I wrote a 4-page how-to for the same issue. This edition of Mollie Makes was available in the UK, USA and Australia. The strawberry cover is also featured in this little film.