Fashion Revolution Week : Refresh your Wardrobe (EVENT)
April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm£5
Fashion Revolution Week has come round again. Year on year, we’ve seen an increased showcase of change makers, disrupters and regeneration for the fashion industry. Celebrate this global movement with Offset Warehouse and Fabrications, at an evening of eco-sewing with a panel discussion.
What we’ll do:
Bring along a couple pieces of clothing that you would like to breathe life into, and our special guests will be on hand to collaboratively find ways to style, mend and fix up worn out clothes to stop them from heading to landfill. Once you’re on your mending way, you can stitch in your lap while you listen to the informative panel discussion with our five industry sustainability specialists!
Why repair clothes?
There are so many aspects of sustainability and ethics within fashion. Our clothes get moth-eaten, we become bored of them, they no longer fit… One key way to dramatically lower your consumption, and therefore energy/labour/water/chemicals, is to enjoy what you already have. Repairing or upcycling can give your clothing life again, and ensure someone else can also use it after you.
What to bring (optional):
1-2 items of clothing that you would like to update. Mending techniques may include sashiko mending, knit darning, appliqué patching with eco fabrics, creating trims from another piece, embroidering revolutionary messages – or perhaps restyling; shortening of the sleeve or a nifty dart. For any technique you’re unsure of, our team and the other creative attendees will be able to assist. All other materials will be provided, but bring along anything else you think could jazz up yours or someone else’s garment. You won’t necessarily be able to fix up all of them, but you may receive some inspiration.
The panel discussion (7.30 – 8.30pm with time for Q&A):
Barley Massey – Fabrications
Charlie Bradley Ross – Offset Warehouse
Sarah Klymkiw – Worn Well
Rachel Kan – Style Yourself Sustainable
Tree – Stitchless TV
Barley grew up living in harmony with nature, a sustainable way of life and two crafty grandmothers on hand to teach her all about sewing, knitting and thrift, paving the way for her textile journey. She studied at Goldsmiths, and on graduation worked on film & tv costumes. Barley then opened Fabrications on Broadway Market, a sustainable textiles studio that since 2000 has allowed her to weave the strands of creativity, community and conservation that form the fabric of her practice.
Charlie is the founder of ethical textile retailer Offset Warehouse. Her background in fashion design charged her with motivation to bring textiles that are socially or environmentally responsible to the masses. More recently, she launched The Sustainable Fashion Collective, to equip all design businesses from small to large with the knowledge and resources to work responsibly.
Sarah is a writer/educator who has spent over a decade designing education programmes and community outreach projects to increase awareness of the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry. She is an advocate for sharing the skills to fix and repair clothes. Sarah has collaborated with local authorities, universities, community groups and businesses to establish a network of popular Repair Cafes across London. She runs the start up social enterprise Worn Well and her debut book ‘Make Fashion Better’ for young adults will be published in September 2019.
Rachel is a lecturer on sustainability and business ethics, who in 2018 realised she could be the change. Starting repair workshops, chairing panels and hosting swap shops, Rachel is showing that everyday changes can make a big splash.
Tree is a generous personality in the sewing world, sharing her 30 years of sewing experience on her Youtube channel ‘Stitchless TV’ with tips and tricks that champion a sustainable approach to fashion such as refashioning, simple designs that minimise waste, and advocating local sourcing and manufacturing.
* * * Your £5 ticket includes all materials, drinks & nibbles, and is redeemable against any Offset Warehouse fabric on the evening * * *
You can also book directly with us at the shop or over the phone (and save on the online booking fee)
Please Note: The panel discussion will take place in the Fabrications studio (which is downstairs from the shop via 12 steps)