Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Busy in Schools

It's nearing the time to post out them entries for this years Schools Trash 2 Fashion competition! So if you are at school, and love to recycle - Keep raiding them rubbish bins, op shops, recycle centres and in-organic roadside mounds in search for something psychadelic, dazzling, or raggedy like a shorn sheep...or perhaps just completely out of this world!?!?!
I've been flat tack the last few weeks visiting schools all over Auckland - Sharing around an up-cycled wardrobe for students to analyse various construction techniques and doing the odd bit of handsewing too (a great skill to bind ANYTHING together), but the biggest smiles come out of the speed runway challenge: With a bike tyre, a sheet, a doily, a floaty vintage off cut and just a few safety pins, groups have 10-20mins twisting, turning, folding, rolling, looping and knotting together some crazy attire, and enjoy a practice of walking the catwalk to finish with a bang.

Get in touch real quick before it's too late if you would like a trash 2 fashion workshop in your class! Or if you fancy a focus more on sustainable fashion and general textile recycling we can tailor something to suit your group too.

Inspiring moment of the last few weeks: The view from Taupaki School (out by Bethells beach), a reminder of green, space, and fresh air that we people need to love and protect.
Next stop: Long Bay College in a couple of weeks to talk denim inspired up-cycling...I've been gathering inspiration over here - bring it on!!

xx Sarah xx

Monday, 20 May 2013

Autumn Cape Love

I finished up this cape yesterday, and have been wearing it ever since, styling it, snuggling it, instagraming it. I've had this old blanket in the stash for a while and had always imagined it as a cape. After spotting a few darn good ones on the street, I've been admiring mustard capes through pinterest and finally the time has come to set to it. I didn't line it, but made some bias binding out of an old floral sheet and tidied up all the inside edges with this. I quite like the look and it was fun to do something new. Making bias binding is fun too!
 I also spent a few hours on Sat doing a one on one tutorial, with my sweet neighbour. Firstly laying up and cutting out the cape pieces and then preparing for a big bias binding session & sewing soon.  Her beaut bright pink & green blanket is going to make such a funky statement of a cape. I cant wait to see it all done and rocked on the street with her pink suede boots! 

Have you got an old blanky in the cupboard that needs a bit of a dust off? Stay tuned as I've been in contact with a wonderful art centre in a sunny lovely Auckland suburb...and fingers crossed we can teach a special project cape class in Term 3!...Or if you can't wait, just get in touch for a private session at your place, solo or with your friends. 

xx Sarah xx

Friday, 10 May 2013

Cafe Crafting

Last night, some friends gathered at Circus Circus in Mt Eden, we ate cake, drank tea (and red wine) and of course got stuck into some crafting. Some brought their own little projects. I brought plenty of fabric scraps along, buttons and threads too. We made fabric brooches, and gift cards for our fabulous mums. Later a husbano even joined us to pick up a needle n thread! Hope to do this again soon. Would you like to join us?
xx Sarah xx

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