This week I talk to the inspiring and multi-talented Tom van Deijnen, or Tom of Holland, a textiles practitioner based in Brighton, UK. Tom has been running The Visible Mending Programme for many years, working mostly with wool to make and repair objects. He has shown that mending can be both enjoyable and beautiful, and his wonderful work continues to inspire many to lovingly repair their own garments.
We talked about…
Tom’s route to making, beginning with his childhood in The Netherlands
Experimenting with technique, and finding your own way through a making process
The impact visible mending is having online
When thinking about the positive steps we can take as individuals, the importance of choosing something we feel gives us agency.
Links to some of the things we talked about:
Mend*RS symposium - The UK’s first mending research symposium
Sarah Corbett and The Craftivist Collective