Today has been a fabulous day – I have been at the event organised by Norfolk County Council.
I went along in a supporting role with a selection of upcycled items. The aim to encourage people to think about their textile waste, to inspire people to transform old clothes into new items and to encourage donation to charitable organisations. I was amazed at the amount of people who did not realise that you can donate clothes only suitable as rags to charity shops – they are then sold by the weight benefiting the charity shop.
Many people had a go at a fabric flower activity, which gave people a chance to sit and work alongside one another and chat.
The County Council had a pledge wall, it was a delight to see this fill throughout the day with pledges:)
I created a handout to accompany my display full of ideas to transform fabric/clothes into new creations. You can find the document here (thanks to Make do and mendable facebook group for brainstorming non sewing ideas to include).
We met some fabulous organisations all interested in reusing textiles – all in one city but not aware of each other!
Sweet Arts – A charity which supports women. They aim to provide support and skill up women – one of their groups came and visited, they are currently working on cushions to sell and raise funds for the organisation. Fantastic enthusiastic ladies genuinely interested in upcycling fabric. I am looking forward to visiting them in the coming weeks and assisting them set up their Etsy shop.
Norfolk Museum Service popped by, they are planning on running a 24hr refashioning fashion competition as part of Norwich Fashion week and One Planet Norwich. This is taking place on March the 11th starting at 5pm, I like my sleep too much to support through the night but it certainly sounds likes lots of fun!!
The Forum are also planning on a running Makers Month, filling February with a variety of activities – week two has a focus on textiles. They are keen to engage people (including schools) in workshops throughout the week looking at reusing textiles.
Not many things motivate me to set the alarm before 6am – yesterday I manage to crawl out of of bed before the children woke me up! I attended a blogging conference hosted by Mumsnet.
I booked, drawn by the speaker list. Somehow I missed Margaret Atwood on the list, so it was a lovely surprise to see her video linked in from Canada, dressed in gloves and scarf – it transpired it was 4:40am for her.
The first session Motherhood and Creativity was extremely thought provoking. Does becoming a mother release creativity within us?
“gained in creativity what I have lost in time” Meera Syal
“loss of sense of self in the early day’s” “writing gives a sense of self”
The panel covered issues such as good childcare, the ability to plan, compartmentalise and the ability to “learn to be creative to fit your hours”. As someone who has had periods of nurturing my creativity and periods of ignoring it, I know I am a more rounded person when I look after all of me. The items/projects I create may not be as original as other periods in my life but I have found a way of being creative in the hours I have, in a way which feeds me.
Wise words from Margaret “While motherhood is challenging, it will fly by! So enjoy it before you become a granny!”
Other interesting sessions including marketting for bloggers, what can be learnt from buzz feed, the public stories of our private lives.
The day was stimulating, thought provoking and validating. Thank you so much to all the speakers, and the friendly bloggers:)
“Creativity is a slap in the face to those who oppress us, it defeats them and is the road to revolution” Val McDermid
The biggest thanks must go to my husband who supports me and enables me to invest time in my creative hobby:) Feeling blessed,
This years Children in Need led my daughters school to hold a dress up day with a movie theme. She is seriously into her books and has just discovered The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. We were equally delighted to discover this has been made into a movie – idea sorted. Next for the costume.
First up the dress. My Mum gave me this dress in case I could reuse the fabric, a lovely crushed velvety fabric in teal/green colour.
I made the Uptown Downtown dress for her (see previous version and pattern review here), using a former t shirt of my husbands for the lining. The colour is just gorgeous, I can just imagine her wearing the dress over the coming Christmas period for parties and a trip to the pantomime for her birthday treat.
Next the DIY cape – I bought a long black skirt from a charity shop. This was quickly transformed. First I unpicked the back seam and removed the zip. Secondly I threaded elastic through the waist band, pulled until it fitted her nicely and then hand stitched in place.
It was extremely quick, easy and cheap!!!
The outfit was complete with a witches hat and broom stick, a pair of stripey tights and a lacy top underneath the dress. She loved it. She has had a sickness bug this week, she was so pleased to be well enough to go back to school and not miss out on the fun day:)
It gives me great satisfaction to upcycle/recycle clothing from one item into something new:) Whats your favourite clothing transformation?