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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

Fixing, Mending, Making New: North Carolina's Repair Professionals

In 2020, North Carolina folklorist Katy Clune and artist Julia Gartell received Archie Green Fellowship funding for their project "Fixing, Mending, Making New: North Carolina Repair Professionals." They traveled throughout North Carolina to interview, photograph, and document 22 craftspeople and small business owners who make their livings repairing objects and challenging the contemporary dependence on single-use and throw-away items. Those documented include craftspeople who fix and restore typewriters, eyeglasses, musical instruments, clocks, glass and ceramic objects, marine engines, windows, automobile tires, furniture, shoes, silverware, jewelry, and plaster walls, as well as a few who will 'fix anything.'

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