Lee Mingwei, The Mending Project [link to youTube], a participatory installation (2012)
"During gallery hours, I was seated at [a] table, to which visitors could bring various damaged textile articles … and watch as I mended the article.
This emotional mending was marked by the use of thread which was not the color of the fabric around it, and often colorfully at odds with that fabric, as though to commemorate the repair. …
My mending was done with the idea of celebrating the repair, as if to say, 'something good was done here, a gift was given, this fabric is even better than before.'" --Lee Mingwei [text from his site]
More bear repair, by Lee Mingwei, from Fibres of Being blog: