ABOUT THE ARTISAN
Every day, we eat and we dress. We have become conscious of our food, it is time to become more conscious of our clothing. We believe in slow clothing: dressing for health and wellbeing rather than status and looks. We believe in ethical, sustainable choices that don’t harm people or the planet. We want to know the story about where clothing comes from and we believe in care and repair, refashion and restyle of existing clothing using simple sewing skills.
Slow Clothing Ambassador Jane Milburn established Textile Beat as a purpose-driven business in 2013, in Brisbane, to inspire a creative approach to the way we dress, to embrace natural fibres and upcycle existing natural-fibre garments for pleasure, reward and sustainability. Our work aligns with the United Nationals’ Sustainable Development Goals. Jane Milburn trained with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Project in Brisbane in 2019.
Jane encourages you to slow down, take stock and consider the substance, not just the style, of the clothes you choose to wear. Become conscious of your wardrobe: buy less, choose natural fibres, mend what you have, value story, love second-hand and vintage, refuse cheap fashion, avoid toxic dyes, read labels, restyle what you have, share and swap, or buy ethical brands. If it suits you to do so, be empowered to sew, restyle and refashion clothing already in circulation. The slow clothing philosophy is summarised in a manifesto of actions and choices: think, natural, quality, local, few, care, make, revive, adapt and salvage.
ABOUT THE HOUSE OF ARTISAN WORKSHOP
Join slow clothing pioneer Jane Milburn for a day of creative play and redesign, engaging upcycling/mending skills to help reduce textile waste and enhance wellbeing. Jane is a sustainability consultant, 2019 Churchill Fellow and the author of Slow Clothing: finding meaning in what we wear. Bring along a few items from your wardrobe that you love but aren’t wearing for some reason (poor fit, dated design, need repair). Alternatively bring along a doona cover (or 3m of fabric) and we can show you the subtraction-cutting method to create a loose-fitting draped dress.
This is an inspiration session to spark creative thinking in the way we dress. It includes the option to attend the WOMEN UNITED In Conversation: Slow and Sustainable panel discussion from 1.30pm-3pm, which Jane is participating in.
This is a not to be missed class with one of Australia’s best right here on our door step!
Workshop Level: Beginner
Suitable for: Ages 14+
Jane is also one of the 200 participants in the WOMEN UNITED Photographic Exhibition by Charmaine Lyons which you are welcome to peruse at the Gympie Regional Art Gallery. 19 Feb – 14 March 2020.