Friday, February 28, 2020

Mending Life- A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts

Mending Life is a gently illustrated tutorial guide to repairing and repurposing textiles (especially clothing) for the modern person, along with a dose of philosophy and musings on meaning. Due out 10th March 2020 from Sasquatch Books, it's 224 pages and will be available in hardcover format.

This is an accessible and well written guide to basic mending techniques but it's also a wonderfully illustrated and gently philosophical treatise on the malaise of a consumer driven lifestyle and disposable culture. The introduction and background lead into chapters on darning, patching, other repair techniques, and alterations for clothing. Throughout the book, the artist authors have used their artwork to illustrate and illuminate. The style is naive and whimsical, gentle and with a soothing palette.

The book includes a short index and a comprehensive and eclectic bibliography and resource links list for further reading.

Five stars. I really enjoyed this one and recommend it highly for all age groups and abilities. Anyone could use this book as a starting point to acquire some valuable life skills.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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