My name is Tom van Deijnen and I live in Brighton, UK. I’m a self-taught knitter and mender, originally from The Netherlands. I love doing things that take forever and technical detail, tradition and narrative inform many of my projects. Both knitting and mending projects feature on this blog. In my projects I always try to achieve the very best results as my abilities will allow. I prefer to use 100% wool yarn from independent yarn suppliers and particularly enjoy using breed-specific yarns from British breeds. They provide such a rich variety of textures and natural colours, I could never get tired of them!
Get In Touch
You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Visible Mending Programme
The Visible Mending Programme seeks to highlight that the art and craftsmanship of clothes repair is particularly relevant in a world where more and more people voice their dissatisfaction with fashion’s throwaway culture. By exploring the story behind garment and repair, the Programme reinforces the relationship between the wearer and garment, leading to people wearing their existing clothes for longer, with the beautiful darn worn as a badge of honour. By writing this blog, running darning workshops and taking repair work commissions I provide mending inspiration, skills and services to people and hopefully persuade them that shop-bought clothes deserve care and attention too, just like a precious hand-knit.
Please note: unless otherwise stated, the photographs you find on this blog are my property, please ask my permission before redistributing or reproducing them.
Brighton Repair Café
I volunteer at the Brighton Repair Café. We meet once a month and help you repair your stuff, ranging from garment repairs to small electrical goods, bicycles, and more. To find up-to-date information about venue and date of the next Repair Café, please check their blog here.
Past Exhibitions, Talks and Events
On 8 November 2014, London College of Fashion, I presented a case study on using traditional repair techniques in a 21st Century application for the Knitting History Forum.
On 1 November 2014, A’ the Airts Arts Centre, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, I presented a paper on Sanquhar knitwear as part of the Knitting in the Round events organised by the University of Glasgow.
During May 2014, The Curiosity Cabinet of Knitting Stitches were shown as part of Brighton Artists Open Houses. More details here.
On 3 April 2014, I presented a paper at Knitting 1914-2014, organised by the Knitting Reference Library: “From piece work to a modern classic: the development of Sanquhar knitting.”
The Curiosity Cabinet of Knitting Stitches were shown at the Cabinets of Curiosity exhibition at Walford Mill Crafts March 2014.
The Curiosity Cabinet of Knitting Stitches - at Prick Your Finger, February 2013. Exploring knitting stitches from the obscure to the well-known, presented as a Curiosity Cabinet of yore.
Tom Says Darn It! paid a special visit the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, September 2012.
Late June 2012, I presented The Visible Mending Programme at Mend*RS, the first mending research symposium in the UK.
In September 2012, I presented a paper on The Curiosity Cabinet of Knitting Stitches at the In The Loop 3 conference in Winchester.
The Reading Gloves – at Prick Your Finger, January 2011. What would it be like if gloves portrayed characters from classic novels?
Mentions on the Interweb
A Q&A on the Love Knitting blog about my love for knitting, mending and British rare breeds wool.
I was interviewed for an article in The Guardian on The Rise of Mending as part of their Live Better Challenge.
A Q&A with friend and amazing knitwear designer, Kate Davies about knitting, Foula Wool and the knotted steek.
A Q&A with Crafty Magazine about knitting and The Curiosity Cabinet of Knitting Stitches.
A Q&A with Campaign for Wool about my mending activities.
I was interviewed by Linda Newington for the Knitting Reference Library blog about knitting.