Mapping local economics of repair and their associated histories of making and mending, is one of ways that our work contributes not only to public understandings of how our relationships with ‘things’ has changed, but also how we situated ourself within wider art and crafts movements, and academic scholarship.
Over the initial phase of our work, we mapped local repair economies in Westmeath from 1930s-2022. This work was illustrated through an interactive graphic that visually shares changes over time. This timeframe also became the narrative through which the exhibition programme emerged.
Mapping local repair economies also provided a vital way through which people could locate their position, share family and local stories and contribute to conversations about future modes of mending and maintenance.