Virtual Workshop

Mending and Meaning Making Workshop

October 28, 2020
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve's (installation detail)
Samara Golden, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Upstairs at Steve’s (installation detail), 2020. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Art and Creativity as a Process for Grief and Loss

In this moment, we are reflecting on the state of our lives and our systems of knowledge, communication, connection, and justice. What seems to be in ruin? What should be reimagined? What can be mended?

Inspired by our current exhibition, Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve’s, this mending workshop led by art therapists Kelsey Jordan and Sarah Kodish-Eskind explores how making can be a form of emotional mending.

We invite participants to share objects from their own homes that are in need of mending. From a sock with a hole in its heel to a broken dream, these real and metaphorical objects reflect our state of being. They offer us a point of connection, discussion, and a real possibility for healing. Discussion prompts from Kelsey and Sarah will help guide participants through aspects of self-healing using a metaphoric reading of chosen objects.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum has comprised a team of mending experts—made up of art conservation students, art therapists, and makers—to consider ways in which each item could be mended. The team will offer solutions to participants through skill sharing, mending tutorials, and conversation.


Event Information

October 28, 2020
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Virtual event
Details to be emailed after registration


Non-Members: $7.00
FWM Members: 20% discount with member code

For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at or (215) 561-8888.

About the Participants

Kelsey Jordan (she/her), Psychotherapist, ATR-P

A graduate of Drexel University’s Creative Arts Therapies program, Kelsey Jordan’s clinical background is rooted in Art Therapy and Counseling. She firmly believes that creative expression in all of its forms is inherently healing, and recognizes Art Therapy beyond the act of creating visual art. In her clinical work, Jordan encourages clients to view Art Therapy as simply the act of thinking creatively, abstractly, and metaphorically because when doing so it enables one to better understand, discuss, or revise their life narrative. Jordan’s identity as a Black woman is woven into her practice and informs her areas of focus. As a person with multiple marginalized identities, she greatly values the role of multiculturalism within a relationship. Centering multiculturalism within her work is a rich experience allowing for: honoring and affirming one’s diverse identities, processing how identities influence one’s lived experiences, and exploring the many ways in which one’s identities intersect with and are understood in context to the identities of others.

Sarah Kodish-Eskind (she/they), MA, ATR, Registered Art Therapist, LPC Candidate

Sarah Kodish-Eskind works as an art therapist in Philadelphia. She believes in relational work, authenticity, and strives for collective liberation in both her personal and professional life. She earned her MA in Art Therapy and Counseling at Drexel University and holds a BFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Pre-pandemic, Sarah hosted Make Night, free and open access community gatherings supporting creative practice and connection. She has worked as an arts education advocate for Philadelphia public schools and developed events supporting local emerging artists. She currently offers individual therapy, develops workshops for creative based self reflection, and enjoys her own art practices.