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.
Education and Events
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.