STOREY - HARMON
What Is Mendship-
A basket of batiks, threads and needles, like the teapot, is always full. Sincerity and creativity is all one needed to bring. The experience of a needle pulling thread is the easy part, even if for the first time. Stepping fully into relationship with ourselves and others, as we explore uncommon and often unpopular topics, well... the like-minded part of this creative sisterhood makes that a lot easier for those of us called to such an idea. If this sounds like you, we are from time to time open to new members.
Mendship is not a crafty social movement designed for light-hearted fun. We've got tons of those and they are fun indeed! Mendship is different in that it is a deeply intimate opportunity for a handful of women dedicated to authentic living. Exploring the larger questions of life is easier within a like-minded sisterhood. Mendship is a small group I have started that combines the art of intentional mending with the idea of intimate friendship, forming a creative and introspective circle of sisterhood. Creatively it borrows inspiration from the Japanese boro style and the wabi-sabi idea of beauty in imperfection. Personally it cultivates friendships based on intimate sharing rather than social 'appropriateness'. Mendship invites an atmosphere where women simultaneously stitch personal intimacy into expressive cloth.
where creative introspection meets creative cloth
Why I started Mendship.
For the joy of sharing what I have learned, I have put together a few workshops for creating surface designed cloth to work with. These are all experimental and involve various altered-cloth techniques for incorporating into ones work. Some of these include:
These techniques expand self-expression beyond stitching commercial cloth, so I will teach these at various times throughout the year for anyone wanting to learn. Contact me if you want to attend these open-studio workshops.
What is Mendship Art?
I have also planned an annual open-studio art show for sharing the Mendship artwork. Mendship art is less about the end result and more about the inspiration that fosters it. Mindfulness, introspection, curiosity and presence contribute to the piece, be it a boro inspired quilt or tapestry, an experimental piece of fiber art, or simply an artfully mended garment. Through this show I hope to encourage the art of creative introspection itself.
So drawn to the idea of personal transformation, thirty years ago I entered the counseling profession. Creative introspection was the ground into which I planted the seeds I found there. Twenty years ago I formed a sacred sisterhood as a small group of women gathered in creative intimacy retreats each month for four years. To this day these are my soul-sisters. The idea for Mendship has it's roots in this foundation.
As I create my new live/work studio space in the small-town we've chosen to settle into and call home, I wanted to cultivate those kind of relationships here, with like minded women. What better way, I thought, than forming a small sewing circle dedicated to creatively and verbally expressing our authentic selves. As we explore creative cloth and weave intimate conversations about the meaning of life and our roles in it, sacred space is formed, our work takes on a new depth, and our lives are richer for it. That is why I have chosen to form this group and host Mendships in my studio.