Repair, a humble act born of necessity, expresses resistance to the unmaking of our world and the environment. Repair and Design Futures, on view at the RISD Museum through September 30, 2019, investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and call to action.
Objects range from Japanese boro garments and Indian Kutch quilts to a hunter's ensemble from Mali, a Naskapi caribou coat, Swiss worker's trousers, and fashionable and utilitarian American clothing.
Spanning the globe and more than three centuries, objects in the exhibition reveal darns, patches, and stabilized areas that act as springboards to considering socially engaged design thinking today.
Photo: Ghanaian, Fugu (shirt), mid 1900s. Courtesy of RISD Museum
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