Hey, I’m Laura of Boston.

I’m learning to repair.

I come to the work of repair from a couple of places. Trying to live in a way that treads lightly on the earth and minimize my own environmental impact, I’ve shifted to primarily purchasing second-hand clothing… which led pretty quickly to needed to learn how to mend moth holes in wool sweaters and repair strained seams. My day job as a pastor means that I think a lot about things that are broken- broken relationships, broken dreams, broken communities. More and more, I was longing to learn with my hands what I longed for in my life: repair. In 2018, I was able to take a sabbatical leave from work to research mending. Special shout out to the Louisville Institute for grant support that made this research possible.

Here’s the thing: the world is a mess. And sometimes I get overwhelmed by the enormity of the hole in the ozone, the tears in our community, the ways oppression and structural injustice separates and divides. I try my best to repair what I can. When the enormity of it all feels overwhelming, sitting in my living room in that big comfy chair and fixing a hole in my beloved’s sweater gives me a sense of agency and completion. I know a patched sweater does not repair the world, but it’s where I start and to which I return when I lose a sense of my own capacity to repair.

You can find some mending tips, stories and conversation over at https://www.facebook.com/MendingChurch

You can find a bunch of my other projects over at www.reveverett.com

On a visit to “blanket hospital” at Swan Island Blankets to visit their menders.