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The Mending Mart

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344 Swanston Street

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Do you have an old jumper with a hole in it? Maybe your socks are a little worn out? Or maybe the zip is busted on your favourite jacket?

Instead of throwing out your clothes and buying a new one, have you considered mending what you have?

At ‘The Mending Mart’ a collection of damaged and exhausted garments will be stitched, patched and darned to breathe new life into the dead and dying materials. The mender, Tania, will be resident repairer at ‘The Mending Mart’ every Thursday in a push to combat the social, economic and environmental impacts of the low-cost garment industry.

Tania Splawa-Neyman will be running ‘The Mending Mart’ every Thursday, 11.00am-5.00pm from the 27th July to 7th September at RMIT Gallery. The Mending Mart is part of the Slow Fashion Studio, new approaches to fashion by RMIT School of Fashion and Textile students at RMIT Gallery. Part of the RMIT Gallery/Goethe-Institut’s Fast Fashion: the dark side of fashion exhibition (21 July – 9 September), the Slow Fashion Studio showcases work by 9 design practitioners who are engaged with cutting edge research.

Beyond the thrifty rescue of damaged clothing, the purpose of the mending mart is to address problems of waste and overabundance in the fashion industry and explore alternative systems of exchange. Practices of mending that originated in times of material scarcity are placed within a contemporary context - where for most of us, our scarcest resource is now our own time. Rather than using money to continue to clothe themselves, the mender buys with time - their own time.

This is an alternative approach to the fast fashion dilemma, calling on consumers to take more responsibility to the environment, human beings and products. Rather than throwing away clothes that can be easily fixed just to buy cheap new ones, Tania invites you to get your clothes repaired, and learn some skills that can help you extend the life of your wardrobe..

Caption: The Mending Mart at RMIT Gallery. Photo by Mark Ashkanasy, 2017.


About the Mender:

Tania Spława-Neyman is a fashion practitioner and sessional lecturer within the School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University.

Fast Fashion: The dark side of fashion (21 July – 9 September) is presented by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, Fast Fashion is curated by Dr. Claudia Banz at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and supported by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and Karin Stilke Stiftung.

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