Throughout the month of May, a group of Boston area artists has been touring the city to spread goodwill and sewing materials.
The project, known as “Mending Boston,” is lead by Cambridge artist Clara Wainwright. The idea is to provide a creative outlet for anyone affected by the recent marathon bombings. The result is a sort of quilted map of the events, told from dozens of different perspectives. Residents are invited to attend the exhibits and stitch their own stories from this past April.
Wainwright has done other “mending” projects before, including her earlier work, “Mending Baghdad.” So far, the quilt has visited the Gardner Museum, and the Dorchester Arts Collaborative. The Arts Collaborative quotes Wainwright on their website:
These days people don’t do much mending, they just throw it away and buy a new one.“The metaphor couldn’t be clearer: a symbolic reconstruction realized in small, painstaking increments. Women, I think, are typically the people who have done mending, over a period of thousands of years, and much of their work is invisible. These days people don’t do much mending, they just throw it away and buy a new one. But mending is terribly important, a quiet kind of act.”
Interested in making your own contribution to the quilt? The exhibit is expected to be on display in the Old South Church on Boylston Street May 22nd, from 3-5 p.m.