Ditch the Label state that 'as many as 1 in 2 people have experienced bullying at some point in their lives', a sad and startling statistic highlighting the prevalence of bullying, not just within schools but increasingly across social media and the local community. From our experience of working within schools and colleges, whilst recognising the provision and support services available at The Orange Box, we had the welcomed opportunity to contribute to the Orange Box's own, Anti Bullying campaign over the Half term holidays. Using our donated sweatshirts, we engaged an enthusiastic group of first time machinists in some fashion inspired activism, transforming discarded clothes into a slogan printed wrist band that portrayed messages of support and empowerment for those affected by bullying.
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Just some of the spontaneous, creative sewing outcomes from our recent workshop at the Orange Box in Halifax. These guys designed and made skate snoods from old t-shirts kindly donated by the staff at the Orange Box. It was great fun to work with these guys but what made it even more so, was seeing them scooting through Halifax wearing their very own handmade and up-cycled creations at the end of day. Hope to see them all again soon.
For two consecutive years we've attended the local and fabulous Egg Factory, 'Eggsmas' Christmas fair in Hebden Bridge. The event brings together a diverse range of local designers and makers, many of whom use the The Egg Factories creative co-working space, as a base for making and connecting with other creative professionals. As well as selling our sustainable knitwear range at the event (and always eager to reduce landfill waste) we recycled our discarded knitwear cutoffs as a repurposed Christmas decoration activity.
To make the decoration you'll need:
- 40cm length of flexible wire
- Wire cutters, scissors,
- Scraps of thread/wool (shimmer threads are great!)
Bend the wire to form a hoop and secure the ends by twisting together. Attach the wool/threads by knotting onto the hoop. Trim as required and add a length of thread for hanging.
We start our community blog with a short update on what we are doing during the commemorative days of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. From the 18th to 24th April, people across the globe joined forces to show their support for the families of the 94 victims that lost there lives during the collapse of the clothing manufacturing factory in 2013 and we were no exception. On the 23rd April, exactly 3 years on from the disaster we channelled some of the global grieving into a cause that will hopefully have a more small, yet positive impact on the way young people in particular purchase and value fashion within the future.
Over the next few months we'll be exploring and creating alternatives to the 'Fast Fashion' model through recycling and repurposing textiles waste into cool garments that express and share collective concerns on todays teen issues. For more information, check out our forthcoming Teen Fashion Activists posts to see what the talented group of young girls got up to.