Work in Process
Artist Reed McLaren demonstrates seldom-practiced principles of caring for and preserving clothing in the exhibition, Repair and Design Futures. Various garment grooming practices, including combing, hand-washing, and blocking a sweater, caring for a silk blouse, along with brushing and restoring the nap of a coat, speak to garment construction, longevity, and perceptions of value.
Reed McLaren is a Providence-based visual artist turned textile enthusiast whose deep affection for natural materials and their sustainable quality led her to uncover the lost arts of garment grooming and mending. She employs various techniques to revive and maintain these garments and seeks to share these practices with others and help weave a deeper appreciation of garment care back into everyday life. reedmclaren.com