D-Day project to rekindle lost art of mending clothes

MAKE DO AND MEND Residents are encouraged to get involved with a new free initiative
MAKE DO AND MEND Residents are encouraged to get involved with a new free initiative
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Havant-based craft charity Making Space is teaming up with the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth, to offer free taster sessions in Gosport and ongoing craft workshops on the theme of Make, Do & Mend.

The project focuses on the Overlord Embroidery that is on permanent display at the D-Day Museum and the forgotten idea of Make, Do & Mend.

The project is keen to involve local residents, including the Armed forces community in and around Gosport, and rekindle the wartime mentality of recycling and refashioning of clothes.

Working with textile artist June Allnutt, participants will be invited to take part in cross-generational activities exploring the idea of creating fashion by reworking textiles.

The project is a contemporary response, designed to evoke a sense of time and reference of the period, taking something old and forgotten and transforming it into something wearable and loved.

It will encourage the recovery of traditional skills and the reclamation of materials which lie unused at the bottom of drawers and cupboards.

People are encouraged to bring along fabrics or garments which can be reused, up-cycled and transformed. The sessions will also allow for conversation and shared memories of experiences of D-Day and Make, Do & Mend.

The culmination of the project will see participants coming together in celebration at the D-Day Museum for an indoor street party with invited VIP guests.

All work created during the initiative will be on display alongside documentation which will provide a fantastic opportunity to get together, celebrate achievements and continue the practice of sharing memories and stories.

If you are interested in taking part you can drop into taster sessions on September 5 at the Gosport Discovery Centre from 10am-midday and 1pm-3pm.

For more information on the artist, what will be happening over the course of the project and project dates, go to makingspace.org/events/d-day/