Fiona (Fi) Clements
Pakeha, Kai Tahu. Craftivist and Zero-Waste Textile Practitioner.
I grew up in Waitati, Dunedin. Connected closely with nature and environmentally minded, my beliefs are reflected in my sustainable fashion design.
I believe that designers can serve their community by providing solutions to problems. Witnessing the amount of waste created in commercial fashion production, I set about creating a solution.
Reducing waste without compromising style. My designs aim to mitigate environmental harm from modern fashion production. Up cycled garments minimise impact to the environment from disposable consumer items.
Fiona is co founder and Chairperson.
Entrepreneur, Sewist, Community Project Coordinator.
Growing up among the costumes of the Mayfair Theatre (where my mother was wardrobe mistress) I developed a love of textiles and the ability of clothes to help create the world I want to live in.
Through skill and imagination, generations of my family have created items that are useful, beautiful, and carry a rich story transformation from raw materials that were once worn out, overlooked or undervalued.
I love sharing knowledge and skills and helping others to engage with the clothes they wear and choose items that express their personal values, goals and tastes.
I tutor our regular classes: Tailor Made, Freestyle and Sewing For Beginners classes.
I also manage our community projects such as 4KT Elephants and Bags For Good, plus our Swap Shop.
Fiona is co-founder, and Treasurer.
Full-time Textile Artist, Clothing Upcycler
Desi works with collections of found objects, which she alters with stitch, knitting and crochet.
She likes deconstructing mainstream narratives about the world as a subversive tactic.
See Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alteredeconz/
Desi brings her extensive background as school teacher, librarian, mother, grandmother, fine arts graduate, and avid reader of everything to do with textile arts practises.
Desi is our Trust Secretary.