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Michael Swaine’s Free “Mending Library” Repairs Clothes, Community | Ecouterre

What a great combination of art, technology, and giving back to your community:

On the 15th of every month, Michael Swaine trundles into San Francisco\’s Tenderloin district with a cart-mounted sewing machine—the old-fashioned kind, which you can only operate by means of a treadle. Setting up shop in a reclaimed alley known as the \”Tenderloin National Forest,\” as he has for the past 12 years, Swaine offers his services as a tailor, mending whatever clothing the neighborhood\’s residents bring him for free. A performance artist, an inventor, and a professor of ceramics at the California College of Arts, Swaine sees opportunities for change everywhere. His current ambition is the construction of a free \”mending library,\” a place for \”fixing the holes in our lives…to borrow thread and sewing machines and talk about life.”

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Beth Kelley is a writer and researcher with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.