We’re also inviting everyone to come down and join in the making of our community rug installation.
Inspired by artist Fritz Haeg and his incredible crochet rugs for his Domestic Integrities project, where "installations and gatherings [are] staged on massive crocheted rugs of discarded clothing and textiles that expand as they travel" we are making a rug of our own to commemorate our inaugural FLOURISH Festival: a fashion weekend of serious conversation and collaborative fun.
* If you have any old clothes or textiles you can donate to the project, please hit us up! We're taking sheets, towels, clothes and pieces of material just as long as they’re clean.**
Friday night we're launching Flourish with an open door to everyone who wants to come on down, have a drink and spread the Christmas cheer. We'll be screening a couple of cool clips to get into the spirit of the event and kick off the creation of our Fritz Haeg inspired community rug project which w'll develop over the ensuing days.
Bring fabric to upcycle (sheets, towels and old clothes are welcome) so you can weave your own magic into the rug!
Entry is by donation (of the folded and or corked variety) - it's free but we'll be asking for a donation at the door, also please invite people to bring a bottle of wine if you'd like to help out. The Trolley'd crew will be serving local beers and one of their amazing organic foraged mixed drinks and softs).
For this end of year special Think Act Change we're teaming up with GreenUps and Oxfam to discover how to have a more conscious and sustainable holiday season.
Think Act Change is a new monthly meetup where changemakers, thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs or anyone who is passionate about social innovation.
Tonight we’ll be tackling the issue of the toxics and waste that the fashion industry generates as well as discussing the innovation taking place in textiles and manufacturing processing designed to address these very issues.
We’ll be hearing from Simon and Anji Kurian, the Director and Producer of Toxic Valley, a new doco exploring the devastating impacts of the agrochemical industry. Once known as the Cotton Belt, Malwa in Punjab is now known as the Cancer Belt for the high number of cancer patients in India. Victims of the conventional cotton industry, they are transported daily by the Cancer Train to seek treatment.
We’ll hear from Tim Silverwood, Environmentalist about synthetic fashion and why it matters to our waterways as well as the opportunities that nature itself can offer in clothing our backs. With nylon and acrylic microfibers cropping up on our shorelines, and sample studies showing that almost 2000 individual fibres can be rinsed off a single synthetic garment into our oceans, is this the elephant in the room that no one is talking about?
And just back from over a decade in London researching textile design practice and the role of the designer in creating systemic change for a more sustainable fashion industry, Clare Vuletich will discuss examples of innovation taking place in both textiles and process. Clare was part of the team that developed The TEN, a set of sustainable design strategies for fashion/textile designers that have been shared and tested in education and in industry, with brands including H & M (Sweden), Gucci and VF. Corp (US).
We are also excited to have Donna Sgro, lecturer at the School of Design, UTS discussing Biomimicry in the context of fashion design.
Start your Saturday with a nourishing yoga practice, inspired by what it means to FLOURISH.
Join Marisa, sustainability and social impact professional and yoga teacher with Yogatime in Bondi. Together we'll move, breathe and flow, while exploring the principles of ahimsa (doing no harm) and being the change we want to see in the world.
All levels welcome!
BYOMat - (a few mats to be provided)
$10 donation -all contributions will go to Rana PLaza Relief Fund
Fiona from Fairtale the label, Fashion for the Soul creates eco friendly bohemian fashion and dreamcatchers for the Inner hippie gypsy girl with a passion for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Fiona’s dreamcatchers are made from eco friendly materials, upcycle vintage.
Fiona created Fairtale the label with the same philosophy - putting away a throw away society and over consumption and wanting something more sustainable for our fashion futures and hopefully change history in the way we shop, wear and live.
Fiona has worked in fashion for over 14 years in Australia and the UK at High Street and fast fashion brands including Valleygirl, French Connection, Top Shop and Laura Ashley.
What to bring:
Nothing! All materials will be provided so you can come away with your own dreamcatcher or one to gift for Chrissy.
Through this workshop, participants will be able to learn more about zero-waste fashion, the different approaches available for designers and ordinary people to practice it and the exciting possibilities the future holds for zero-waste fashion.
The workshop will feature a talk on zero-waste fashion and textiles in three parts: ‘the Past’, ‘the Present’ and ‘the Future Ahead’. From traditional, minimal waste pattern-cutting approaches to fabric that grows on the body, the talk will cover these topic extensively.>The second half of the workshop will allow you to explore zero-waste fashion by experimenting with different techniques. From paper manipulation to textiles that are zero-waste, you will have the opportunity to get experimental with your chosen zero-waste technique. >Bolor Amgalan is a Sydney based emerging fashion designer with passion for textiles, form and sustainability. She has graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles with Honours. >Bolor’s debut graduate collection explores form through innovative zero-waste textiles in a contemporary womenswear context. Through fabric manipulation, Bolor has developed a wide range of zero-waste textiles for the collection, of which one is pending patenting. Bolor draws inspiration for her work from her surroundings, in particular, architecture and the insignificantly small details in life. Her aesthetic is clean yet quirky, sculptural yet fragile - a fusion of traditional and contemporary elements with a touch of the oriental. Bolor Amgalan designs are conceptually layered, yet aesthetically refined. >For examples of Bolor’s work, visit www.BOLORAMGALAN.com >What to bring? >Your imagination! We’ll provide the rest.
This workshop explores the relationship between textile craft/handiwork and mindfulness.
Both hand-stitching and meditation are proven to reduce stress and increase levels of well-being and this workshop uses both the hands and the breath, to re-connect participants to a state of inner calm.
Sitting in a circle on cushions/blankets (or on chairs for anyone who can’t sit on floor for an extended time), participants discuss their past experiences of meditation or breath work as a group.
Then the facilitator leads them through a short meditation (3‐11 mins) depending on experience. On completion, participants discuss their experiences. Participants then begin hand‐stitching, using images of ‘boro boro’ (traditional Japanese textile technique) as inspiration, where a simple running stitch is used to layer or ‘collage’ pieces of fabric together. The hand‐stitching session is also an opportunity for group discussion and will end with another short meditation.
What to bring:
Any woven cotton textiles you own or cherish
About the Facilitator:
Clara Vuletich is a designer, educator, researcher and yoga teacher who explores the intersections of fashion and textile design, sustainability and well-being through creative practice. Clara’s PhD research is part of the MISTRA Future Fashion project at TED, University of the Arts London, investigating textile design practice and values in a sustainable fashion context. Her main research interest is exploring the ‘social’ rather than purely ‘technical’ role of the designer in creating systemic change for a more sustainable fashion industry.
Clara worked at TED from 2006-2011, as part of the team that developed The TEN, a set of sustainable design strategies for fashion/textile designers, that were shared and tested in education and in industry, with brands including H & M (Sweden), Gucci and VF. Corp (US). Clara has lectured within the UK and in Australia, and exhibited her textile work at venues including Audax Textile Museum, Holland and TENT London. Clara is also a Visiting PhD Fellow at University Technology Sydney (UTS).
This is a gentle, yet challenging, mixed level class with options for all. If you’re interested in trying yoga for the first time, this is a very beginner friendly class.
Come and practice with like-minded people, in a beautiful space as a beautiful start to your day.
What to bring:
Please BYO yoga mat and comfy clothing - no shoes needed.
Book early - as this workshop will fill quickly from popular demand!
*This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners with no sewing skills, or more experienced menders who want guidance on a specific project.*
What we'll do at the workshop:
Bring your well-loved clothing that you want to revive and make super sassy again!
Bring any clothing you want to repair - with moth holes or other afflictions - for an appraisal and advice about repair.
Simple repairs will be done on the spot at no cost! You will have the materials and tools to do it yourself, with the help and guidance of our expert up cycler and repairer, Kirsten.
This workshop will focus on Upcycling / ReFashion-ing, mending, darning, hems and buttons and disguising blemishes.
Come and learn how to do some basic stuff to make your clothes look RAD!!!
There is a growing interest around the world in helping to reduce the environmental and social impacts of fashion. On average, UK consumers send 30kg of clothing and textiles per capita to landfill each year. Once used, only about one eighth of clothing items are sent for re-use through charities and the rest is discarded. In Australia, the ABS reports that we send 501,000 tonnes of leather and textile waste to landfill each year nationally. In contrast, only around 66,000 tonnes is recovered (for reuse or recycling of some kind).
Eastern weft is a weaving cooperative based in Vientiane, Laos and Sydney Australia. It was established to showcase the beauty and diversity of Lao textile traditions and support disadvantaged young weavers.
All Eastern Weft textiles are created entirely by hand from scratch using only natural dyes such as leaves, seeds, flowers and plants collected seasonally.
We blend traditional Eastern textile craft and interpret them through contemporary design.
For our workshop we want to share our knowledge of natural dyeing techniques with the public. Once learned this can be adapted to anywhere in the world you may be and no matter the season. Our compost collection is made using left over vegetable scraps and flower petal collected locally.
Come foraging with us around the Rocks and play, create colour and texture on our handwoven textiles or create your own work of art on our handmade mulberry bark paper that you will be able to take away with you.
Bring some colourful scraps or leaves from home!
Get your crafty on with Sydney’s upcycler extraordinaire!
Recycle your old t-shirts & blankets and turn them into yarn. Learn to make simple homely art objects such as pillows, baskets and pencil cases.