Mend It May!

Recently on Instagram, I happened upon @mothandco, the account of a lady called Rachael Causer. I spotted pictures of darning, and visibly mended clothes, and even biscuits that had been ‘glued’ back together with chocolate.

Picture credit: Rachael Causer, @mothandco, Instagram

Picture credit: Rachael Causer, @mothandco, Instagram

Needless to say, I loved it and started looking back through Rachael’s feed for more mending inspiration. And then I spotted that she was part way through a project to #mendathingaday. My instant reaction was “what a fabulous idea”, quickly followed by “I wonder if I could do that”, quickly followed by “I wonder if anyone else would want to join in?”.
The idea ruminated for a day or two, and I got in touch with Rachael to sound her out about how she might feel about other people joining in. She was very lovely (I think all menders are…!) and said she didn’t mind at all.
Sooooo, after a little bit thought, and not a small amount of impetuous over-excitment, the idea has morphed into a whole month celebrating the magic of mending: Mend It May!

Mend It May rectangular logo

The idea is that I post mending themed content and resources here on the blog, and get as many people to join is as possible, and really show the world the wonderous-ness (not sure that is an actual word) and power of mending. I’ll create some very practical mending guides, and be signposting to some wonderful resources, but I also want to use the opportunity to explore some of the more philosophical aspects around mending, and how it fits into our current society.

DArning socks - FI

On a purely selfish note, I’m hoping that the month will  give me the kick up the backside motivation to get on and tackle my ever growing mending pile, and I’m hoping that other people will find that useful too. But I’m also hoping that we can share skills, learn new techniques, and maybe for some, attempt a spot of mending for the very first time.
I want to really get us all thinking about mending as an option, as a possibility, before we discard our broken things. Ultimately, mending needs to become mainstream again. It needs to become the default reaction to something breaking, rather than the automatic assumption that things are too hard to to mend/not designed to be mended/too expensive to even attempt mending. I want to use the month to start conversations around resource depletion, planned obsolescence, lost skills and more.
I want to be able to show people how empowering, and beautiful mending can be.

Visisble Mending

I really hope you’ll all join me!
I’m making the massive assumption that most readers of this blog are already fairly engaged in sustainable living, or at least curious to find out more, so I’m really hoping it will appeal to you all and you are as excited as I am at the prospect!
I’ve created a Mend It May pledge which you can sign up to here.
Mending badge
You don’t have to pledge to mend a thing a day, or even tackle your whole mending pile. You can just pledge to mend one thing. And the mending police won’t come round and check on you anyway. It’s really just a way of showing your support for mending, and all that that involves. It’s like signing an online petition saying that you think mending is A Good Thing. Only I’ll send you useful mending related content, rather than random e-mails asking you to sign petitions against the banning of jam.

I’ve also created a Mend It May page here, with lots more information about how to get involved, including a photo a day prompt over on Instagram, and help creating a Mending Map of the UK (and the world if it gets big enough!). Oh, and there’s now a Mend It May Facebook group too!
If you’re joining in on social media, the hashtag is #menditmay.
Let’s see if we can get mending trending..!

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  • Reply Barbara May 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I joined the FB page. Can’t wait to get some good ideas from the peeps out there.

    • Reply Jen June 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Great! Welcome aboard Barbara!

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  • Reply Kathryn Houldcroft April 28, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Love it! Funnily enough I was thinking of all the things in our house that need fixing (if only I knew someone who ran a Repair Cafe?!). Last summer I followed MommyEmu’s blog who encouraged people to spend a week fixing things and it really got me motivated, even small things like changing lightbulbs!

    • Reply Jen May 1, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Oh, I managed to miss that somehow last year. Hopefully we can all inspire and motivate each other to get on and tackle all those little jobs!

  • Reply French Toast Tasha April 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I agree with so much of what you said—everything which gets mending more attention and makes it something that everyone does again is all for the good! Like a lot of people who sew and read blogs, I’m already participating in Me-Made-May, but I’m sure there’s room for some mending in the month too.

    • Reply Jen May 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      I’m going to do my best with Me Made May too, although I never remember to take pics!

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