Clothes mending may be a dying practice, but Michael Swaine is resurrecting the craft with his Free Mending Library. On the 15th of every month, the San Fransiscan artist makes his way down to 509 Ellis St and ‘opens shop’ to one of S.F.’s grittiest neighborhoods, the ‘Tenderloin’. On his old ice cream cart-style, treadle-operated sewing machine, Swaine sets about mending and altering people’s socks, jocks and frocks and it’s all for free. Michael is interested in engaging the community to rethink their relationship with clothing and the disposable nature of fashion.
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