The Art Of Mending

Beth Billups's avatar Beth Billups

While beginning to sew some of my own clothing and mending and patching and learning about slow fashion, I came across the term 'visual mending' which led me down a path where I discovered Sashiko stitching and Boro garments. The idea of something being made stronger and more beautiful by highlighting the mending process really struck me. Japanese Boro garments honor a person's history by acting as a map of sorts. Items are mended and handed down from generation to generation exemplifying the beauty of practicality and the value of spending time caring for something over spending money to replace that thing. Pieces of Boro cloth sell for thousands of dollars and are considered very beautiful and valuable. It occurred to me that if this same idea of visible mending was applied to people the world would be a much better place. I created this body of nine encaustic paintings to highlight the beauty of an item that is patched and repaired and visibly mended.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Encaustic
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 24 inches