World 36, Exploration A

In World 36 buying new clothes is not considered to be a socially sensitive path. So, when people are stuck living in a global pandemic they have turned to the art of mending as a way of creating new clothing out of the old, displaying individuality and a way of expressing themselves. Mending shops have become common, and they allow people to mend their clothing and incorporate elements of personal memories, experiences and unique values.

This Instagram page is for a mending shop, “Piece_by_piece”. Each post displays a damaged piece of clothing or accessory from a customer which has been repaired in a unique way. The caption of the post explains the customer and their inspirations for what they wanted the mend to include and represent, including personal memories and experiences.

This Exploration was contributed by Hwawon Cho, Penny-Rose Clay, Tegan Cooke, Chaemin Nam and Rebecca Cheveral (located in the UK and South Korea), developed from a World contributed by Sara E. Bernat, using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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