Sunday, 15 May 2016

TRAIDtalks: Repair In The Community (23/6/16)

Photo of TRAID mending activist meet up, April 2016, by Sarah Klymkiw

 "Crucial to every society is the kind of union and solidarity it fosters and the kind it can further, under the given conditions of its socioeconomic structure."

Erich Fromm, To Have or To Be? p108

On Thursday, 23 June (18:30 to 20:00) I am really excited to be speaking at the eighth #TRAIDtalks along with 2 other leading voices with unique viewpoints on Repair In The Community. 

I will talk about the landscape and politics of repair-making. Through my studio and collaborative practice I am contributing to repair narratives for the post-abundance era, and the emergent repair movement.

Repair is a resilient act, it is material and social; local, adaptive and sharing. As an act of obedience to the self and ones communities, it is also disobedient to hegemonic practices which do not serve the common good.* Personally, I see the connections made through repair-making as redefining ownership, choices, values and power. Through repair-making we actively chose to explore, together, DIY repairing and community building, and we can cultivate a generous, connected mode of being.

The other speakers for the evening are Janet Gunter, co-founder of the RestartProject and blogger Jen Gale from My MakeDo And Mend Life.  We are part of a passionate network of active citizens making headway with the repair movement - sharing skills to benefit the community with an aim to tackle waste and counter over-consumption and working to inspire a repair revolution with wellbeing, skill-sharing, community and concern for the environment at the very root.  To revive the forgotten art of repairing things and improving relationships with 'stuff', this #TRAIDtalks will involve story-telling and sharing case studies to inspire positive change within communities.

TRAID is a fashion reuse charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away.  They turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our textile use.

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Suggested donation on the door: £5 to support Ziferblat, a shared community space in Old Street, cash or card payments accepted.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please support TRAID’s work by bringing a bag of your unwanted wearable clothes, shoes and accessories for reuse and reselling through their charity shops.

Ziferblat - First Floor 388 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT
Please note the venue is on the first floor and does not have wheelchair access.  

 * see this blog post for more on obedience and disobedience

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