I have a lot to be grateful for and one of those things is really, really talented friends. One of those friends is a photographer and former neighbor named Jay Mac.
Once upon a time my husband and I found ourselves the new folks on the block. We had moved to a little town in Texas where we didn’t know anyone and no one knew us. That all changed pretty fast because we were lucky enough to buy a house on the same street as a pretty cool group of neighbors. Jay was one of those neighbors, he lived in a sweet little bungalow down the street from us with a bunch of raised bed gardens out front. My husband and I walked by all the time and eventually got to talking (I was in horticulture school at the time so, you know, I was pretty keen to talk to ANYONE about gardening). Before you knew it, we were all great friends.
Fast forward many years to six months ago. I was just getting DEEP into my mending fixation when I had a realization: eventually I would run out of things in our house to mend (this was before I was taking commissions, I currently don’t worry about running out of things to mend, haha ;-). I was also interested in doing something to make my mending more creative. I wanted to take it to another level but didn’t know what that looked like. That’s when I had my idea: I wanted to round up all of my super talented artist friends and do a little collaboration of sorts. My idea was to invite them to make a piece of artwork and send it to me along with an item of clothing for me to mend. I would then mend their garment inspired by their work of art and send it back. I wasn’t sure what my friends would think of this but I was happy so many wanted to do it.
The first collaboration I am sharing for this series is with my friend and former neighbor Jay. Jay is multi talented and always working on something cool. A few years ago I got really hooked on his film photography of flowers (again, that gardening content, I can’t get enough!) and have been wanting to snag one of his prints. So of course, he was one of the first people I asked to participate in my mending project. (Full disclosure, I also asked Jay to be one of my first collaborators because Jay has pretty great style and I knew he had a cache of great denim and I was hoping that a pair of his ‘fancy pants’ needed mending. They did, lucky for me!)
Getting Jay’s box in the mail was a real treat because I didn’t know which work of his he would choose (another part of the fun for me in this project). When I opened the box he sent I was so excited to find this print.
Over the next week I am going to share with you how I mended Jay’s pants in a series of Studio Journal posts that show you what I did and how I did it in tutorial form. It is a great way of sharing more about the project as well as introducing SMT Fancy Pants Patches.
#SMTFANCYPANTSPATCHES: As part of this artist collaboration series, I will be putting together a series of mending kits inspired by each ‘work of art’ and with a unique color palette hand dyed by me and inspired by my collaborator’s work of art. Each kit will also include some of my favorite mending tools.
To finish off the week of mending tutorials I’ll put these kits in my shop. I’ll share more about the kits as the week rolls on but for now just mark your calendars for Saturday September 7th when I will update my shop. Until then, I’ll be posting mending tutorials here.
Up next: Materials & Color