Protest im Fast Fashion-Alltag. Visible Mending als textile Intervention


  • Heike Derwanz



Visible Mending is the inversion of the practice of invisible clothing repair through mending and darning and appeared first in the internet and lately in books. Visible Mending celebrates old household practices as an environmentally friendly alternative in the age of fast fashion (Rodabaugh 2018; Wilding Cardon 2018). It appears as art in galleries or museums or as activism in the form of political consumerism. Described as a way to slow down fast fashion (Clark 2008; Fletcher 2012), its purpose as art or everyday object is to display the aesthetics of aging clothing and the agency of consumers. The article presents artworks and practices from a historical class and gender perspective to understand todays meanings as artistic or activist intervention in everyday life.