Make Do and Mend
Today it's simply not enough that we use a recycle bin and donate unwanted stuff. More paramount is examining our consumer habits and sensibilities.
It wasn't that long ago when clothing and household purchases were intended to last years or even one's lifetime. Now the lifespan of personal items measures weeks or months. Consequently, there's a tremendous cost to natural resources and, unwittingly, even to our psychic health. An attitude of detachment and short-term view pervades our lifestyles. Discard and replace has become the norm rather than take the time to patch a tear or sew a button.
We can choose to see beauty not discord, see worth not trash. Creatively utilize items we already own and rejuvenate tired ones.
33”h x 46”w x 1”d
Machine stitched, hand quilted, hand beaded, hand appliqued, hand sewn button holes, garland pieces were hand sanded to obscure holiday motif and enhance texture and attached to be functional buttons.
Damaged tablecloth, recycled fabric, discarded plastic garland, faux fur from outgrown childs clothing, leftover beads from kids activity kit, cotton thread, found thread, cotton blend batting, commercial cotton backing.