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Upcycled Fashion Meet & Clothing Swap


2/17/2024 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

This is a free event open to all who are interested in upcycled fashion, but especially helpful for those who are considering entering a design in the Upcycled Fashion Show on April 27, 2024. 

What is Upcycling? 
A fun presentation looking at upcycled fashions from practical everyday wear to imaginative costumes.   We will share information about the Third Annual Upcycled Fashion Show sponsored by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council and Makers Mill and how you can participate if you wish.

Clothing Swap
Bring your unwanted/ unneeded clothing and fabric items for free-wheeling trade.  Doesn’t fit?    Not your style any longer?  Curtains, sheets, bedspreads from before you re-decorated?  These could be the foundation materials for an upcycling project.  Let’s swap materials and exchange ideas!  

Upcoming additional workshops: For those interested in creating a design to enter in the Upcycled Fashion Show in April, three workshops are being offered to support designers with tips and the skills to make their project successfully.  Participants can choose one or more workshops.

March 9, 10am to 1pm:  Designing & Sewing for Upcycled Fashion

March 23, 10am to 1pm: Closures & Embellishments for Upcycled Fashion

April 6, 10am to 1pm: Finishing & Accessorizing your Upcycled Project

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO SUBMIT A DESIGN IN THE UPCYCLE FASHION SHOW ON APRIL 27, 2024.

Location: Second floor Fiber Arts Space accessible via stairs or elevator.

Class Size:  minimum 3      Age Group:  14+
Youth aged 14-17 will need their responsible adult to sign our Youth Waiver at the event.
Non-members will need to sign our General Waiver at the event.

Instructors:  Cindy Durkee & Jeanne Flanagan
Cindy Durkee has a love of sewing that began as a child.  She studied at  Pratt Institute in New York City earning a BFA in Fashion Design.  Years of work as a designer in the garment industry enhanced her knowledge of professional construction techniques, patternmaking and  fitting, and sewing shortcuts.  She has designed and produced clothing, theater costumes, large banner installations, commercial retail displays, décor items, as well as 3-D stuffed toys and dolls.  She sees learning to sew as a handy life skill and a creative expression technique.

Jeanne Flanagan grew up in a creative family that made everything from clothes to go-carts.  Here at Makers Mill, Jeanne wears several hats as the Leader of our Fiber/Crafts Arts Circle and as an instructor. Jeanne has been a makerspace instructor for many years in MA and has a wealth of knowledge about fiber arts.  

 

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