Coming up in 2020


ELF

My next mending masterclass: the first online edition of my mending course was a success and I'm taking a break to recharge before deciding if/when to run another one. This course sells out quickly; subscribe to the Modern Mending mailing list if you don't want to miss out.

13 August: I'm speaking about the art of mending online, in a Stonnington Library event. After my talk I'll be taking questions and dishing out mending advice; click here for tickets.

Bright Sparks

In 2014 I founded Bright Sparks, a not-for-profit social enterprise that reused and repaired small appliances to keep them out of landfill, and was the managing director from 2014-2019. Read our story.

Bright Sparks HQ

Communication specialist

I'm the author and photographer of the book Modern Mending, published by Affirm Press, and shopkeeper, copywriter and photographer at modernmending.com.

I have 20 years of journalism experience, most recently as editor of Slow magazine.

I produce nice words, photographs, videos, newsletters, social media posts, websites and brochures for corporates and not-for-profits, but my best trick is editing other people's content and making it sparkle.

View my CV here and some of my handiwork here:

Mendfulness, Slow magazine, Autumn 2017

Writing + photography: Modern Mending the bookCopywriting + photography: modernmending.com shopWriting: Lessons from Bright SparksWriting: Find your mending mojoWriting: Mendfulness, Slow magazineVideo production: Puppets for ChangeWebsite content + menu design: Moon Rabbit café

Modern Mending

I've been making and mending clothes since childhood. I'm passionate about visible mending — beautiful, colourful repairs that start conversations about our relationship with stuff — and making things better than new.

Follow me on Instagram to see new work, or search for #remadebyELF for previous examples.

Watch me on screen
Material Gain, Compass, ABC TV, May 2020Mending time has arrived, interview with Jane Milburn of Textile Beat, May 2020Modern Mending, interview with Jen Gale at the Sustainable(ish) Online Festival, May 2020
Listen on the radio
ABC Radio National, Blueprint for Living, 16 March 20203RRR The Grapevine, interview with Judith Peppard, 9 March 2020
Read about my mending practice
Modern Mending, my new book, published by Affirm PressModern Mending: the book we need right now, The AustralianGiving clothes a second chance at life, Sunday Star-TimesSlowing down fast fashion, The Age / Sydney Morning Herald / Brisbane TimesNot too shabby: what will it take to make secondhand clothes mainstream?, The GuardianShop less, mend more: making more sustainable fashion choices, The GuardianThe rise of the tinkerers: how DIY activists are making their own way, The AgeThe new share market: introducing the new share and repair movement, RoyalAuto magazineVisible Mending, Renew magazine
Shop: I'm the shopkeeper at modernmending.com, a magical mending supply shop where you can find my favourite mending tools and materials, and signed copies of my book.

Commissions: Yes, I take commissions! But I'm slow, not cheap and only offer visible mending for clients. My wait time is currently a few months. If you're not in a hurry, get in touch. Otherwise, I'd love to teach you how to mend your clothes (see "Workshops" below, or get my book!), and it's a much more inexpensive solution, as time is the biggest factor in my pricing.

Community: I volunteer at Darebin Repair Cafe a few times a year, offering free mending advice and guidance to help you get started. And my Facebook group Modern Mending Club is a great way to crowdsource mending advice and get some mend-spiration.

Workshops: I teach mending workshops in Melbourne, online and occasionally elsewhere in Australia. View my schedule to see what's coming up, subscribe to my mailing list to hear about new workshops first, or get in touch if you'd like me to teach in your town.

Testimonials:

"Erin’s mending masterclass was absolutely inspiring. From someone who is technically already a professional mender, working in alterations, I learnt so much! We delved into many creative and modern mending techniques I hadn’t tried before. The classes were well structured and easily adaptable to all different skill levels. I fell even deeper in love with mending as a creative way forward for sustainable fashion. Thanks Erin!"
--Tali, 2019 mending masterclass student

"It has been so rewarding to breathe new life and creativity into my clothes. I've fixed ripped jeans, patched my jacket and finally learned to darn socks. Now I see moth holes as opportunities for visible mending art projects, and old favourites that I thought were just rags are now back in active use. Erin leaves you with the confidence, skills and inspiration to tackle your mending pile and the techniques are so straightforward that I've already passed them on to friends and family. Your wallet and the environment will thank you - you can't afford not to do this course!"
--Kat, 2019 mending masterclass student

"Bridge Darebin’s mending course is fantastic. I learnt loads of new mending skills (plus some good sewing tips) and had fun doing it. Erin’s a very engaging presenter who explains things well and is generous with sharing both her expertise and her mending supplies too. The group doing the course together were lovely, so supportive and encouraging."
--Claire O, 2019 mending masterclass student

"I really enjoyed and recommend the mending course. Erin is a wealth of knowledge and generous in sharing her tips and tricks, along with other resources from great books to mending supplies and tools. Lots of inspiration too with the beautiful mending samples Erin brought in to share."
--Claire L, 2019 mending masterclass student

"Thank you so much for an incredible class! I am so inspired and have already volunteered (eek!) to mend some friends' clothes. I am also planning to start a group in the New Year that meets once a month to make, create and share our knowledge on mending, crafts, making :)"
--2018 mending masterclass student

"I loved this course. It gave me lots of techniques and inspiration for mending clothes in a creative and practical way."
--2018 mending masterclass student

"The course was really well balanced and certainly delivered on its description, I definitely feel I could/can mend my own clothes - now just to find the time. Erin was a great teacher and helped develop a great group dynamic. Thanks for the new skills. The course was also excellent value."
--2018 mending masterclass student

"Erin was very generous with her time and knowledge. It was great to hear about her philosophy, experiences, and see examples of her work. She was also excellent at encouraging everyone's projects."
--2018 mending masterclass student

"Erin has a wonderful positive approach and makes everyone feel like they can achieve."
--2018 mending masterclass student

"A massive THANK YOU for helping make our first Sustainable Fashion Week event a success. The ladies who attended your workshop have got in contact with me to say how much they absolutely loved it and were so excited to learn these new skills. I am personally so into the felting now, I can’t wait to decorate my jumper with all the dots! It was such a great workshop and I wanted to thank you for all your hard work getting it organised. You were so professional, so organised and it has been a pleasure to have you as a part of this event."
--Louise Salt, Engagement Officer, Grampians Central Western Waste and Resource Recovery Group

Tiny-art enthusiast

I love to make dioramas in my magic letterbox from Blue Bower. New scenes appear every month or so and are featured on my Instagram account with the hashtag #magicletterbox23.

Get in touch!

• Email elf@modernmending.com for all things mending-related and erinlewisfitzgerald@gmail.com for everything else

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