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Collective Care Through Mending

Part of the MDES22 Research-Creation Show

Date & time
Thursday, May 12, 2022
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration is closed


Selina Latour, Larissa Zemke


This event is free


Larissa Zemke


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Socks are for most people disposable, expendable pieces of our everyday wardrobe, that best exhibit clothing waste. Socks have a short timeline as they are considered useless once holey or having lost its pair.

This workshop seeks to consider sustainable living by learning slow stitching to repair used socks. In learning how to darn, we will host conversations about care and mindful consumption. This workshop is an opportunity to use craft as a means of expanding connections with each other (a principle of craftivism, defined by Betty Greer) as we actively practice and preserve an ancient skill of handwork.

This event is part of the MDES22 Research-Creation Show.

How can you participate? Attend in person, (note, there is a maximum of 25 people permitted in the space) or online by registering for the Zoom meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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Material List

1. A holey sock

2. Darning needle (typically larger than a sewing needle and has a bigger 'eye' (hole) to thread larger thread)

3. Thread: When darning, you'll want a thread content that is similar to the fabric content of the object you are mending. For example, wool thread for a wool sock. 

For this workshop, however, let's improvise! Grab whatever type of thread you have around the house (embroidery floss is a great option for beginners).

4. Scissors

5. Darning Egg / Lightbulb / Smooth egg-sized rock / Billiard ball / Water bottle

MDES22 Research-Creation Show

Consider it a large showroom of different ideas in design domains that will present, teach and inspire new ideas for you. The MDES22-research-creation show is Concordia University’s graduation show in design. In the exhibition, the students will display their designs and creations pertaining to their thesis. There will also be a series of different roundtables and workshops concerning research-creation topics. This exhibition will surely benefit the visitors who are interested in multidisciplinary design.

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