STITCHED-UP! Action for Sustainable Fashion on Saturday 20 January…

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Fashion Lab at University of Wolverhampton is hosting Stitched-Up: Action for Sustainable Fashion, an exciting and fun event for all those interested in fashion and sustainability.

Statistics show that our love of fashion is damaging the environment. Clothing manufacture and sales in the UK is the fourth largest pressure on natural resources after housing, transport and food. While we are keeping clothes longer, consumption rates continue to rise due to a combination of low prices and increased population (WRAP 2017). This event marks the start of a new initiative to reverse the negative cycle of fast fashion.

The day involves a mix of hands on activities: sewing, tufting, lacemaking, sustainable pattern-cutting, clothing repair and modification and much more, and inspiring presentations from fashion design activists Fashion Revolution, Lizzie Harrison Creative Director Antiform, a clothing company that puts sustainable practice first, and re-knitting expert Amy Twigger-Holroyd of Keep and Share.

Stitched-Up: Action for Sustainable Fashion is a community activism project run by S4S: a coalition of fashion designers, community groups, activists, academics and makers who are Designing a Sensibility 4 Sustainable Clothing by promoting creative approaches to re-use, repair, recycling and sustainable design on a local, national and global scale. This event includes a skype link-up with Sustainable Clothing Futures, a parallel S4S event at University of Exeter in Cornwall.

We are currently recruiting paid project participants for future workshops with our designers to learn new skills, share ideas, make, mend and generally get creative about sustainable clothing. Participants will also work with the team to evaluate whether engagement in the workshops improves the sustainability of their clothing choices through surveys, fashion purchase diaries, interviews, wardrobe audits and analysis of their experience and interactions.

If you value your clothes and value your planet come along and get involved

To attend this event please email Professor Fiona Hackney: F.Hackney@wlv.ac.uk

Event details:
Date: Saturday 20 January 2018
Time: 10.30 – 16:00
Place: Fashion Lab, University of Wolverhampton, Room 112 First Floor, Faculty of Arts, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DT

Event timings:
Registration: 10:00 – 10:30
Speakers / Film 10:30 – 12:30
Lunch 12:30 – 13:30
Tables Sessions 13:30 – 15:30
Feedback 15:30 – 16:00
Close: 16.00

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