Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

Maker and re-maker of fun things



Coming up in 2018

I'm teaching an 8-week mending masterclass in Thornbury beginning 27 July. Register here. Each night we'll learn a different mending technique, including hand-sewing, patching, darning (by hand and machine), needle felting and sashiko embroidery.I'm helping out at the next Darebin Repair Cafe on 22 July, offering free mending guidance. Bookings are essential.

Hi, I'm Erin. I wear a few hats:


Social entrepreneur

I'm the founder and managing director of Bright Sparks, a not-for-profit social enterprise that reuses and repairs small appliances to keep them out of landfill. Read our story here.

Bright Sparks HQ


Communication specialist

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. Note: I'm at full capacity with my copywriting and editing work and not taking on any new clients in 2018. View my CV here and some of my handiwork here:

Mendfulness, Slow magazine, Autumn 2017

Writing: Lessons from Bright SparksWriting: Mendfulness, Slow magazineVideo production: Puppets for ChangeWebsite content + menu design: Moon Rabbit café


Mender extraordinaire

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. Read more about my visible-mending practice here:
Meet the Re-Maker, Jake + MayaShop less, mend more: making more sustainable fashion choices, The GuardianThe rise of the tinkerers: how DIY activists are making their own way, The AgeRestoration Innovation: Why Op-Shops Matter This National Recycling Week, Sacred Heart Mission blog
You can hire me to visibly and creatively mend your clothes or other textiles; email me at with a photograph of your item for a quote. Follow me on Instagram to see new mending commissions, or search for #remadebyELF to see previous examples.

I teach workshops, too; next up is an 8-week mending masterclass beginning 27 July.


Tiny-art enthusiast

I love to make dioramas in my magic letterbox from Blue Bower. New scenes appear every 3-4 weeks and are featured on my Instagram account with the hashtag #magicletterbox23.


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