The Art of Repair
Published in Surface Design Journal, Fall 2016
This text surveys art and activism projects that use skill-sharing and public engagement to foster social bonds and strengthen community. Building on sociologist Richard Sennett's research into cooperation as a skill, the text suggests that fiber and craft skills have a role to play in repairing social bonds broken or damaged by late capitalism, oppression, and inequality. It presents as examples artist Robyn Love's Spindle 7, artist Michael Swaine's Mending for the People, The Monument Quilt, a collaborative project by FORCE Upsetting Rape Culture, artist Lashawnda Crowe Storm's national, collaborative Lynch Quilts Project, and the Gone But Not Forgotten quilts by artist Rachel Wallis in collaboration with We Charge Genocide.
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