One of our great inspirations, Jane Milburn, will be returning to Dunedin for a brief visit later this month!
Jane is a Sustainability Consultant, Slow Clothing pioneer, TEDx speaker, upcycler, and agricultural scientist. Many of you will remember her fabulous talk and upcycling workshop from when she was here during Fashion Revolution Week and ID Fashion Week in 2017 (see our blog post on her previous visit here).
Jane will be at Stitch Kitchen for our open afternoon on Friday 23rd August. This will be a perfect afternoon for you to bring in your upcycling projects to get inspired.
We will also be hosting a social evening of sharing inspiration for natural fibres and upcycling at the studio, from 5-7pm.
This is a chance for everyone to discus ways to ..."slow down, take stock and consider the substance, not just the style, of the clothes you choose to wear. Become conscious of your wardrobe: buy less, choose natural fibres, mend what you have, value story, love second-hand and vintage, refuse cheap fashion, avoid toxic dyes, read labels, restyle what you have, share and swap, or buy ethical brands. If it suits you to do so, be empowered to sew, restyle and refashion clothing already in circulation. The slow clothing philosophy is summarised in a manifesto of actions and choices: think, natural, quality, local, few, care, make, revive, adapt and salvage" (from Jane's website Textile Beat)
While visiting NZ, Jane is looking forwarding to gathering a range of new material for another book and her website, including stories of favorite upcycling techniques and what inspires you, particularly around wellbeing and sustainability.
For those who haven't yet read her wonderful first book, 'Slow Clothing: Finding meaning in what we wear', you're welcome to pop in and read our copy, or you can now purchase a copy of your own from us!
We held our first official AGM on Monday 20th August, 2018. A fantastic opportunity to review the highlights of the last 3 years since we were established as a not-for-profit trust.
Our Chair, Fi Clements, shared about our UNSTITCHED events, in association with Fashion Revolution; our community fashion shows held as part of the Vogel Street Party; our Bags For Good project; the many community workshops we have and continue to run; and the Swap Shop for minimising textile waste.
We had many people to thank, including Alison Milne (my mum), Marion and Alister Maxwell, for all their work helping to get various donations of fabric scraps and pieces into order for the Swap Shop ; and the many helpers who have helped to sew bags and make the Bags For Good project possible.
You can read the full Chair's Report here, and the full Minutes of the AGM here.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved as we've grown over the past 3 years!!
Much of the global fashion industry is opaque, exploitative, and environmentally damaging and desperately needs revolutionary change. Fashion Revolution brings everyone together to make that happen.
It starts with one simple question: "Who made my clothes?" Fashion Revolution believes this simple question gets people thinking differently about what they wear. We need to know that our questions, our voices, and our shopping habits can have the power to help change things for the better.
Our Fashion Revolution Photobooth is a chance for visiting designers and guests from around NZ, and the world, to connect with this campaign during ID Dunedin Fashion Week. Fashion fans can also get in on the action by showcasing the brands they love and inviting those brands to share their story.
It’s as simple as looking out for our photobooth before the show each night, letting us know a few simple details, and having your photo taken. Everyone is also welcome to take a selfie and post online with hashtags #whomademyclothes, #lovedclotheslast.
See the Fashion Revolution website for more information and resources.
Last year, as part of UNSTITCHED, I ran an 'op shop hop' event, touring central city op shops and sharing my styling tips on shopping well for less.
This was a great chance for me to put into practice the knowledge I have gained from my 'previous life' working as a personal image consultant; helping people to understand (and apply) how to dress to suit not just their physical appearance, but their personality and lifestyle.
Recently, I connected with local entrepreneur Kate Grey, co-founder of Pikaado (a new online platform for Dunedinites to share our skills in fun, small-scale workshops, and to find social ways to connect and learn new skills).
She had had requests from many people for a workshop where they could get help shopping; to save time, money, and reduce the confusion of working out which of 'this seasons trends' were worthwhile for them.
Remembering the fun of the op shop hop, I thought 'why not'?
This session is for those of us who are new to thinking about 'shopping consciously' and want some help to 'buy less and choose well', while still enjoying the convenience of 'high street shopping'.
It will be an easy, fun, practical solution to the countless hours of frustration staring at your wardrobe wondering how you have so many clothes and so little you want to wear.
There are two time options, Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning, and the groups are limited to 4 people, so it's a great chance to bring a friend or family member, or simply enjoy getting to know a couple of new friends.
Date: Thursday 26th April or Saturday 28th April
Cost: $45/person (discount applies for booking with others)
Registration: Essential, via Pikaado website
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.)
Included in our program for Fashion Revolution this year, we are delighted to have two events with visiting social entrepreneur, author, and upcyling pioneer Jane Milburn.
Jane was born in Owaka, and has lived in Brisbane for the past 20 years. Fi met Jane at the Eco Fashion Week in Perth earlier this year, and we're thrilled she will be returning to Otago for a visit, right on time for Fashion Revolution and ID Dunedin Fashion week.
Jane has recently published her book: "Slow Clothing: Finding Meaning in What We Wear".
"Slow Clothing" presents a compelling case for why we need to change the way we dress, to live lightly on Earth through the everyday practice of how we wear and care for our clothes. In an era dominated by the passive consumption of cheap and synthetic fashion, Jane Milburn arrived at the Slow Clothing philosophy by refashioning her own garments.
The clothing surplus in wardrobes and op shops presents a creative opportunity to revive, adapt, and mend garments to suit ourselves while discovering our unique style.
We have arranged two events with Jane, hosted by the Dunedin Public Library. Jane will share her extensive knowledge and experience with the clothing industry in a public talk (coinciding with Fashion Revolution Day), followed by a practical workshop the following week (coinciding with ID Dunedin Fashion Week):
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.
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