Saturday, February 29th
Instrcutor Barbara Ery
Come and play in the Studio and learn tons of new tricks in this unique up-cycle learning opportunity!
We are all trying to find ways to be less wasteful in our self expression and possessions, and this workshop will add some new tools to your toolbox for re-purposing and giving second life to your fabric objects.
Bring your own fabric bag, scarf, t-shirt or other fabric items and learn several different techniques for altering and designing the surface of them. We provide all the rest! You will use waxes and fabric paints, and explore color theory through mixing exercises. You will mix various tints, tones, and shades and develop you understanding of complementary and analogous color schemes. You will also get to experiment with stamping, stenciling and using wax resists. Layer all of the techniques or use just one. Participants will have a little show and tell at the end of the session and you will leave with new skills and objects ready to be loved anew.
*Fabrics should natural fabrics (cotton, canvas, muslin, or cotton blends)
This is sure to be a fun down and dirty project in one day. Come join us and make a mess.
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The Power of “Re”; reduce, reuse, recycle, remake, revise, refresh, retrieved, restore, return, redesign, reformat, reborn, re-fabricate, re-fabulous! As a society, if we want to gt serious about waste reduction, we have to get serious about reusing things. We need to put an end to the throw away culture we have developed and learn to extend the life of our stuff. #ReFab is the Dairy Barn’s campaign to help lead the way in our community and help endow folks with the skills they need through affordable workshops series to make all their textile items re-fabulous for a long time to come!
Why is re-using and re-purposing fabric such a big deal?
Everyone knows that humans have a serious garbage problem. While there are some who might argue about climate change, there is absolutely no way to deny that Humans are drowning the planet in our garbage, and doing catastrophic damage to our oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and even our air. We can literally see it. While we all know that plastics and other materials are a big problem, a lesser recognized culprit of environmental damage is fabric. Frighteningly, the textile industry is responsible for 20% of global fresh water pollution due to treatment and dyeing, cotton farming is responsible for over 20% of all the pesticides used in agriculture, and polyester production for textiles released about 706 billion kg (1.5 trillion pounds) of greenhouse gases in 2015, the equivalent of 185 coal-fired power plants’ annual emissions. These are just a few of the many examples of how fast fashion is costing the planet way more than the cost of a cheap shirt, not to mention the human cost when we factor in some of the horrible conditions for workers in underdeveloped countries.
But, there are real things we can do in our daily lives to help.
- Reduce – Buy less Clothing! Learn to mend the clothing you have to extend it’s usefulness. You can even personalize your clothes with embroidery or patches!
- Avoid buying super cheap, mass produced overseas garments.
- Wash your clothes a little less (reduce water waste and wear on the fabrics)
- Reuse – Shop thrifts stores
- Recycle – When a garment or bed sheet really has come to the end of the line, don’t put it in the trash, MAKE ART!
- You can make a million things from old clothes from rugs to dog beds. Get creative and find affordable workshops like the the ones at the Dairy Barn to help get you started turning stain spots into cool patches, stylizing your old jeans with cool Japanese embroidery, and making rugs from old t-shirts!
Want to learn more about the environmental impact of the the textile industry? Check out these great info sources: