We held the first ever Festival of Repair this September and here’s a round up of what happened. We linked up with people repairing everything from bikes to jeans, electronic gadgets to broken mugs. We tweetchatted hosted by the fabulous Jen Gale at Make Do and Mendable, and has brilliant conversations with Rae Strauss from Zero Waste Week, Ugo Valleri from Restart and Martine Postma from the Repair Cafe. If you missed them you can get a flavour of the session on commity repair on Jen’s blog here.
At Harrow College’s Freshers Fair we gave some great Love Your Clothes tips to new students, showing them how they can care for their clothes using basic repair skills and reduce the need to bin them. We also challenged students to ‘Button It’ and we were impressed at just how many students knew how to sew on buttons.
At the Save A Bike Skill Share held at Kenton Library in Harrow we asked people who knew about bike repair to come and share what they knew. We talked to lots of people about repair and it was great that a number of people said they would come back and volunteer to help others learn to repair bikes as well as other things!
We went along to ASDA Park Royal and Brentford Festival to talk rubbish and repair top tips on how to keep clothes in good shape with simple repairs.
We held the first ever Uxbridge Restart Party which dieters in Hillingdon came along to. They brought their broken electronics, clothes and bikes to the Pavilions Shopping Centre to learn to repair them. We had a great time at the party and discovered that there was a wide range of things you can get fixed at the the centre. Read our blog about the party at the Pavilions.
We had great fun with the TRAID team at their shop on Kilburn High Road sharing stories about our favourite clothes and how we repaired them. The TRAID Denim Repair Workshop helped people learn to mend and reinforce their jeans with decorative Japanese Sachiko stitching and Boro repair techniques.
Online we celebrated repair with Jen Gale founder of Make Do and Mendable and host of weekly tweetchat #makedoandmendhour – each week throughout September there was a repair themed discussion check out we were all tweeting about here.
But your pledge to repair doesn’t have to end in September – keep the spirit of repair alive and keep learning. Thanks to Rubbish Dieters who have told us about repairers, skill shares and make do and mend activities. Our repair map for West London has been merged with Make Do and Mendable Directory so you can check out where to go on the directory. Know a place where you can learn skills we’d still love to hear from you so we can tell others. Want to volunteer at a restart party or host your own repair event, get in contact with us, we’d love to help.
Oh and lastly, if you haven’t told us already how your got on repairing your one thing we would still love to hear from you!
Happy repairing and thanks for your support during the Festival of Repair!