A short time ago, Fi and I spoke with Lynn Freeman about fashion, waste, and the revival of sewing and mending.
Our conversation was aired on 3rd January 2019, and you can listen again via the Radio NZ podcast.
Introducing our new creative social networking session!
When we had our pop-up shops in 2016 and 2017, we enjoyed the comradery of people popping in for lunch, a chat, and to share their current hand-craft project.
With our new name, it was natural to reintroduce this shared space, and one of our favourite cafe's has provided the perfect location!
No matter what your level of experience or interest in textile arts, everyone is welcome to join the table for shared conversation, inspiration and practical hand crafts. It's a fantastic way to meet like minded people.
Bring your handwork (knitting, needlework, darning...) or whatever is inspiring (or frustrating) you at the moment, and gather for problem-solving, chat and inspiration.
Date: Third Thursday every Month!
Time: Anytime from 1-3pm
Place: Morning Magpie Cafe, 46 (Lower) Stuart St, Dunedin
Cost: Just what you order*
Registration: Not essential, walk ins welcome. Or email us and we can keep an eye out for you.
(*We usually get a pot of tea for the table, so no need to feel out-of-place if you choose not to order anything.)
We are super excited about being able to participate in this year's international campaign for Fashion Revolution!
This will be our third year where we have organised events to coincide with this global campaign to increase awareness, and develop creative solutions, to the devastating problems in the contemporary fashion industry.
As in the past 2 years, we will be calling our project "UNSTITCHED". Highlighting our wish to 'unstitch the myths of the fashion industry' and help people to become informed about actions they can take to make positive differences.
This year, we are doing something slightly different. We have researched the local impact of the fashion industry, and will deliver an interactive seminar presenting this information, adapted to suit different audiences and time frames.
Our aim is to connect with groups to empower their members and wider public audiences with the ideas of a 'pro-fashion revolution': How they can learn more about the choices available; understanding care labels and garment quality; using resources, such as the 'Good On You' app, to identify companies/labels which reflect their personal values; and the benefits of supporting local business and independent design.
Join us for an informal, interactive discussion on contemporary fashion and our place in this global industry.
Plus, we'll introduce you to 'craftivism' and help you make a small scale embroidered patch, which you can use to cover holes in jeans... stitch to your jacket sleeve... display in public... give a friend... anything you like.
Date: Wednesday 18th April, 2018
Time: Between 1-4pm (come when you can, stay for as long as you like)
Place: Otago Pioneer Women's Memorial Building
Registration: Recommended, but not essential.
We will also be presenting variations on this interactive session in association with Quilters & Patchworkers of Otago; Otago Creative Fibre group; Otago Girls High School Environmental Group; Bayfield High School Enviroschools group.
We still have spaces available, and if you are connected with a community group, school or organisation around Dunedin we would love to hear from you and adapt this to suit your group. Please email us for more information.