Nature of Mending

The Journey, Exploring the Nature of Mending

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The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending was a new contemporary craft project that explored the layers of meaning... cultural and emotional ...that are evoked by mending, repair and re-use. Highlighting and celebrating the mending to be found in museum collections was also an important part of the project.
This project was initiated by textile artist Jacy Wall, in partnership with Walford Mill Crafts, and The Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne, Dorset. It is supported by Arts Council England and Dorset County Council.

Whilst working through contemporary craft and museum collections, the long term ambition of the project was to contribute to a growing critical debate around the subject of mending, (which of course includes issues of sustainability) and to network through this website with other projects and initiatives nationally and internationally that are working with this subject.

The five contemporary artist/makers were commissioned to make new work about mending, coming at the subject in whatever way they chose. They were also asked to link with or make reference to a museum collection in some way, thereby linking their new work with the activity of mending that has been part of life since pre-history.

Priest’s House Museum Residency
One of the five commissioned artists, Jenni Dutton, worked in depth with the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne, using their collection as a starting point for her commission work and ran a series of community workshops, as well as curating her own display of objects for the Museum.

Doll with broken leg
Stairs leading to attic at the Museum

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