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Bound: A Memoir of Making and Remaking

Bound: A Memoir of Making and Remaking

£9.99

“a gorgeous, tender exploration of the craft of sewing and how we carve out spaces for ourselves” ~ Nina Mingya Powles

 

Bound: A Memoir of Making and Remaking is a collection of essays about sewing and knowing who you are. Each chapter in this sewist’s diary charts the crafting of a different garment: from a lining embroidered with the Cantonese names of her female ancestors to a dressing gown holding the body of a beloved friend, Maddie Ballard navigates love, personal connections, and self-care, drafting her own patterns for ways of living.

“I cut more carefully than usual, bothering to iron first, and lay the fabric out on the flat tiles of the bathroom rather than just the carpet. I trace the pattern off my own shop-bought dressing gown, then add a back pleat so it will float behind her and shorten the sleeves a little so they won’t trail when she’s making her coffee. I cut tiny rectangles of fabric to make belt loops and a loop for hanging. I cut vast pockets, for holding snacks and notebooks and her phone when she needs to flip the pancakes. I remember all the little details I would skim past if I were making this for myself. I stitch care into every seam.”

 

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Page count: 152pp

Publication date: 10 October 2024

Paperback ISBN: 9781915628305

 

Stock allowing, your package will include our latest risoprint zine, ‘The Emma Press Post’, which features poems and illustrations from the titles our catalogue, plus original drawings.

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Maddie Ballard

Maddie Ballard is a writer and editor of mixed Chinese heritage. Born in Syracuse, New York, she grew up in Aotearoa New Zealand and currently lives in Wellington. She can be found @maddieballard27 on Instagram or at fieldnotesonfeeling.substack.com. 'Bound' is her first book.

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In a new home, relationships shift, and ties fray. Bound: A Memoir of Making and Remaking is a collection of essays about sewing and knowing who you are.

Each chapter in this sewist’s diary charts the crafting of a different garment. From a lining embroidered with the Cantonese names of her female ancestors to a dressing gown holding the body of a beloved friend, Maddie Ballard navigates love, personal connections, and self-care, drafting her own patterns for ways of living.

Lyrical, probing, soothing and wise, Bound is a strikingly original debut and a quiet celebration of the remarkable, everyday process of making and re-making: of cloth, of clothing, and of ourselves.

Praise for Bound

“Bound is a gorgeous, tender exploration of the craft of sewing and how we carve out spaces for ourselves. Written with lightness and care, Maddie Ballard traces her journey into textiles and threads, stitching the pieces together and examining how the clothes we wear reflect our relationship with the world around us. Nina Mingya Powles, author of Tiny Moons, Magnolia, 木蘭, and Small Bodies of Water

“Through the elegant, pulsing ‘stitchwork of sentences,’ Maddie Ballard muses on identities, relationships, the pandemic, sustainable fashion, quilts, cheongsams, ancestors, and the myriad fragments of a lyrically depicted quotidian.” Edvige Giunta, coeditor of Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women’s Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora

Author

  • Maddie Ballard

    Maddie Ballard is a writer and editor of mixed Chinese heritage. Born in Syracuse, New York, she grew up in Aotearoa New Zealand and currently lives in Wellington. She can be found @maddieballard27 on Instagram or at fieldnotesonfeeling.substack.com. 'Bound' is her first book.

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Dimensions 12.9 × 8 × 19.8 cm
Format

Paperback, eBook

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