Who made your clothes? Dunedin 18 April – 4 May

Unstitched seminars

Meanwhile, in Dunedin, Fi Clements and Fiona Jenkin of Just Atelier have a very busy couple of weeks ahead. Their Fashion Revolution activities include conversations about the fashion industry, workshops and a photo booth that overlaps with this year’s iD Emerging Designers events.

The first event is Unstitched, at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, Moray Place, on Wednesday 18 April, 1-4pm. Fi and Fiona invite you to join in the conversation unstitching the myths of the fashion industry and sharing ideas for thinking differently about fashion. Unstitched is the local response, looking at how we, in Dunedin, can use our voice and our power to change the story of our clothes. Fi and Fiona will will share insights into local effects of the global fashion industry, and inspiration for the next step you can take to make the world a better place, one garment at a time.

Unstitched is a free event, generously supported by Creative NZ Creative Communities Scheme and hosted by Otago Pioneer Women’s Memorial Association.

On 19 April,  the invitation is to join the Just Atelier whanau from 1-3pm at Morning Magpie in lower Stuart Street to celebrate a new chapter in the story of homegrown community creativity, with the launch  of ‘Stitch Kitchen’. All welcome around the table for shared conversation, inspiration and practical hand crafts.
Hosted by Morning Magpie cafe.

‘Jane Milburn with some slow clothing
Jane Milburn with some slow clothing

Slow Clothing: Finding meaning in what we wear, is a workshop on Tuesday 24 April, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, at the Dunedin Public Library, in which social entrepreneur and author Jane Milburn responds to ethical issues arising from fast fashion culture.

Slow clothing is a philosophy – a way of thinking about, choosing and wearing clothes to ensure they bring meaning, value and joy to every day. It is about thoughtful, ethical, creative and sustainable ways to enjoy the garments we wear every day while minimising our material footprint on the world.

Jane’s workshop is presented by Stitch Kitchen and hosted by the Dunedin Public Library as a free event, but koha will be appreciated to help subsidise the Clothing Revival workshop on 3rd May.

The Clothing Revival workshop is Jane’s second event at the Dunedin Public Library, upstairs in the Dunningham Suite from 1-4pm on Thursday 3 May, in which she leads the way to explore upcycling existing natural fibre garments. The clothing surplus in wardrobes and op shops presents a creative opportunity to revive, adapt and mend garments to suit ourselves while discovering our unique style.

Numbers are limited and the event costs $20; book at the library.

Last but not least in this run of activity is the Fashion Revolution Photo Booth at the Dunedin Town Hall from 6pm on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 May. As the audience arrives for the iD Emerging Designers shows, the Fashion Revolution Photobooth is a chance for NZ, and visiting international designers, to connect with millions of people around the globe who are looking for labels that tell the story of where and how their clothes are made.

Fiona Jenkins, Fi Clement, and Dunedin mayor Dave Cull ask the question.

Fiona Jenkins, Fi Clement, and Dunedin mayor Dave Cull ask the question.

It’s as simple as looking out for the photobooth before the show each night, providing a few simple details and have your photo taken. Or take a selfie and post online with hashtags #whomademyclothes, #lovedclotheslast.

For information on any of these events, contact info@stitchkitchen.nz.

For more information and resources about Fashion Revolution, see https://www.fashionrevolution.org/.

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