Coming up


April/May 2024
Two Melbourne mending workshops at the School of Sewing & Upcycling – my first time teaching in person in four years! Details here.
I'm not accepting mending commissions yet (current estimate: some time in 2024). I'm in the process of clearing out my mending cupboard, to make room for client clothing. :)
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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.

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Communication specialist

NOTE: I'm not taking new clients at this time.I'm the author and photographer of the book Modern Mending, and shopkeeper, copywriter and photographer at have 20 years of journalism experience, most recently as editor of Slow magazine (2017).I'm a communication specialist, producing 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 book
- Copywriting + photography: shop
- Writing: Lessons from Bright Sparks
- Writing: Find your mending mojo
- Writing: Mendfulness, Slow magazine
- Video production: Puppets for Change

Modern Mending

Mendfulness, Slow magazine, Autumn 2017

I'm the author of Modern Mending, first published by Affirm Press in February 2020 (second edition released February 2021).Modern Mending German edition Geschickt Geflickt was released March 2021 by Stiebner Verlag.Modern Mending was released May and June 2021 in the UK and USA through Search Press.I've been making and mending clothes since childhood. I'm passionate about mending as a way to make things better than new, and beautiful, colourful repairs that start conversations about our relationship with stuff.Follow me on Instagram @erinlewisfitzgerald to see new work, or browse #RemadeByELF on Instagram for previous examples.

Online shop
I'm the shopkeeper at, a magical mending supply shop with the best selection of mending tools and materials anywhere, and signed copies of my book. You can follow the shop on Instagram @modernmending and on Facebook.
I love teaching clothes-mending workshops, in person and online. Head this way for workshop news.
I am not taking mending commissions at this time. But you can learn how to mend your clothes with my book Modern Mending! At 272 pages, it's the most comprehensive mending book available today.
Search #RemadeByELF on Instagram to see examples of my previous commissions.And sign up to my mailing list to find out when I'll be taking commissions again (some time in 2024).Community
I volunteer with Darebin Repair Cafe, 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.
Read about my mending practice
- Modern Mending, my book
- How to fix your stuff: extend the life of your favorite clothes, furniture, and appliances with simple fixes, Vox
- Fixing your clothes is budget and eco-friendly. Here's how to do it, ABC Everyday
- Modern Mending: the book we need right now, The Australian
- Giving clothes a second chance at life, Sunday Star-Times
- Slowing down fast fashion, The Age / Sydney Morning Herald / Brisbane Times
- Not too shabby: what will it take to make secondhand clothes mainstream?, The Guardian
- Shop less, mend more: making more sustainable fashion choices, The Guardian
- The rise of the tinkerers: how DIY activists are making their own way, The Age
- The new share market: introducing the new share and repair movement, RoyalAuto magazine
- Visible Mending, Renew magazine


I love teaching mending workshops in person and online.Subscribe to my mailing list to hear about new workshops first.Get in touch if you'd like me to teach a mending workshop for your organisation.
Please note: my time is limited for both teaching and admin, and specific requests with dates and workshop topics in mind are most appreciated.
Sunday 28 April 2024: A DARN GOOD TIME
School of Sewing & Upcycling, Footscray
A deep dive into the art of darning. You’ll learn a variety of methods for darning by hand, including weaving and blanket-stitch darning (e.g. honeycomb darning).
Details and bookings here.
Sunday 5 May 2024: PATCH PARTY
Meet your perfect patch! You'll learn a variety of methods for sewing and patching by hand, including DIY iron-on patches and secret (discreet) patches.
Details and bookings here.


I'm an experienced public speaker and love sharing my passion with TV and online viewers, radio and podcast listeners and conference audiences.Get in touch for interview and speaking requests.Watch me on screen
- Fast fixes for fabrics (Facebook video), ABC Everyday, June 2023
- A fun talk on the theme of 'procrastinate' for Creative Mornings Melbourne, April 2021
- More Than Words, a behind-the-scenes talk on how I made my book Modern Mending, September 2020
- Material Gain, Compass, ABC TV, May 2020
- Mending time has arrived, interview with Jane Milburn of Textile Beat, May 2020
- Modern Mending, interview with Jen Gale at the Sustainable(ish) Online Festival, May 2020
- I demonstrated a few darning techniques for the Search Press Virtual Art and Craft Spring Festival, May 2021.
For your listening pleasure
- Check Your Thread podcast: episodes 39 (part 1) and 40 (part 2)
- ABC Radio, Overnights with Trevor Chappell: October 2021
- ABC Radio National, Blueprint for Living: June 2021 and May 2020
- 3RRR-FM, The Grapevine: January 2021 and March 2020
- PodCraft podcast #3, October 2020


Click here for workshop testimonials from my students.
"A big thank you to Erin for joining our series of online sessions for our community. She was a wealth of knowledge, but what made it so amazing was the method of presentation, full of warmth, passion and lots of humour, really made the topic engaging and achievable for those watching at home. I know I am inspired to get my mend on, and from the community's feedback so are they."
--Melissa Brown, Community Engagement Librarian (Sustainability), Hobsons Bay City Council
"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

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