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

December 31, 2013

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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