Archive for September, 2011

Trade You

September 17, 2011

I’ve been preparing to teach a class in interactive art in October, and so I’ve been thinking a lot about… well…interactions that involve art. And lo, just when my mind is heading down a specific road, in steps The Laundromat Project, one of my favorite NY public art organizations, to ask if SR would be able to help them find more volunteers for their ever growing projects. Now this is where the story gets super cool. Artist Heather Hart is participating in the DUMBO Arts Festival with a project called Barter Town, a follow up to her Trading Post piece from 2009. Barter Town is exactly what you would expect: a place constructed around bartering. That means no money. Participants and visitors can trade skills for skills, goods for skills, and so on. So SR will be combining our skills with the LP’s resources (we have sewing knowledge, they have LOTS of embroidery thread, some needles, and small bags). We will be offering these embroidery kits- or the service of someone decoratively embroidering the rip or tear in your clothing-  in exchange for volunteer hours at one of the LP’s sites. So this is both a call to stop by and visit us at Barter Town, and a call to help me put together some embroidery kits. We have one week people, the festival is on Sept. 24 & 25. So while I will do as promised and demo what those crazy symbols on the sewing pattern mean, I am also asking you to take 10 minutes out of our time on Sunday and help me make some kits. Or, even better, come join us at the festival and mend something for someone you’ve never met before. It will be fun. I promise I’ll teach you how.


Fall Updates

September 12, 2011









We had such a wonderful Mending Circle with Isa! It really made me reflect on the value of the partnership between SR and TAC that is Mending Circle. We could never have done something like that on our own.

It was so wonderful, in fact, that I flat forgot to take any pictures of the goings on, involved as I was with dying things in onion skins and rusty nails and old wine and watching people remake pants and re-drape neck lines and all that. So if anyone has any pics of last night’s MC would you please send them to I’ll post them here as a follow up.

Isa and I also got to talking about what to do for the upcoming Mending Circles. For next time (October 6) we’re thinking of having a clothing swap, with needles, thread, sewing machines open to all to fix the “new” clothes they find in the mix. There is a trick to this particular swap though, and it has to do with swapping stories as much as swapping clothes. Will post more about it as the date creeps closer.

We’re also hoping to have a darning demo in November (as we pull those moth nibbled garments from storage and realize we have some work to do before the real winter cold hits). Here’s the issue: neither of us know how to darn super well. Anyone out there who would be open to sharing your awesome darning skills?

As far as SR meetings at Spacecraft, the next one is THIS SUNDAY the 18th, and we’ll be talking about how to “read” a sewing pattern, and why all those crazy symbols are written all over it. It really is like another language, but it’s a easy language. So if you have an easy pattern that you’re struggling with bring it along and we’ll decode it.

That’s all for now, see you Sunday.