Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

Maker and re-maker of fun things

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

ELF

Coming up in 2018

27 May: I'll be a mending mentor at the first Darebin Repair Cafe.3 June: Sign up for my needle-felting mending workshop.5 June: I'm a panellist for the film The Clean Bin Project. Tickets.9-10 June: My mending will be featured in the Handle with Care exhibition at the Soul Craft Festival.13 June: Join my scarf-tying class.July-September: I'm planning an 8-week mending course. Sign up to be notified when it's confirmed.

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

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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

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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

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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 erinlewisfitzgerald@gmail.com 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:
3 June 2018: needle-felting as a visible-mending technique, via Laneway Learning. Buy tickets here.July-September 2018: I'm planning an 8-week mending course in Melbourne starting in July. Sign up for the ELF report to be notified when classes are confirmed.

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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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Get in touch!

Email elf@brightsparksaustralia.com for all things Bright Sparks-related.
Email erinlewisfitzgerald@gmail.com for everything else.

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