If you find yourself in New York in the next few months you might want to check out this exhibit at the Proteus Gowanus gallery.
The theme of the installation is “Mend” – they had a previous show called “Library” – and it explores many aspects of mending: mending objects, mending the planet, mending the body, etc. There’s obviously a preservation/conservation connection to be made here. Also, they have a reading room with tons of interesting material.
They don’t seem to have posted this on the website yet but I got an email about the following events – in case you happen to be in Brooklyn…
Sunday, November 23, 3:30–5 p.m., $8 per person
Mending Books and Broken Hearts
Artists Chris Piazza and Joy Doyle will mend broken hearts through poetry. Dressed in period clothing, they will also read love letters written during the Great Depression and WWII.
James Walsh will demonstrate his unique technique for repairing broken book spines and covers. Walsh mends books for his personal use not to restore them but to make them usable again in a way that is structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.
Sunday, December 7, 3–5 p.m., $25 per person (materials included)
Pam Peterson, spinner and knitter extraordinaire, will teach how to make a spindle from a CD and how to use it to spin yarn.