Sonya and Nina have gifted readers with the transformative and remarkable skill of mending, but they also bring deep wisdom and reflection on what it means to be alive - the patience needed, the gentleness needed, the practice and ritual needed. Every page is filled with handwritten and hand-drawn sweetness - in-depth tutorials, specific and easy to follow steps to mending, and, for me personally, reflections on 'why it matters.'
I bought this book to use in my ecofeminism class at the university. As a professor I struggle to pull students out of their cerebral spaces and remind them that we must also engage our bodily lives. Our hands can literally make the world better in the practice of mending. Students need to remember that our healing is an embodied experience of tending, caring, mending for ourselves, our coveted possessions, and each other. This book is the most perfect entrance into thinking about resilience and hope. It gives us a hands-on option for fixing our worlds. To make the world better. To make ourselves better.
I imagine this as the best family heirloom book, passed from one generation to the next. It is tender and sweet. It is also deeply practical. I love it so much. I bought three copies so I can gift them to guests and students who yearn for this work.
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