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Community Sustainable, Upcycled sewing workshop – Shopping Bags

Sustainable, Upcycled sewing workshop – Shopping Bags

I am Kirsteen Lyth and after 16 years of sharing my passion for arts and crafts with children aged 3-5, I returned as a mature student to further education. I began with an HND 3D Model Making at City of Glasgow College, exhibiting my work at Blades 2018, London. Next was BA (Hons) Performance Costume, Edinburgh College of Art, graduating 2022 with a Performance Costume Show at Queens Hall, Edinburgh, and Graduate Exhibition Show, ECA.

As a student, I was conscious of the materials and practices required in both model and costume making. In order to gain a better understanding of what I was creating, my study choice for Dissertation was the Sustainability of Costume Design. This highlighted the high levels of waste, inhumane labour practices and the negative effects on the environment. I endeavour to create my designs using recycled and sustainable fabrics and practices which were reflected in my final graduate costumes. Through my model and prop making for Stop Motion productions, I have found many recycling household items make ideal material for props.

For my workshop at the Salisbury Centre, I am delighted to share my passion for sustainability and my experience in sewing and design. This is suitable for beginner sewing skills and aims to introduce various sewing techniques using both sewing and overlocking machines. Using a variety of types of seams, I will demonstrate how this can create a simple and striking effects to your finished article.

Recently, I have read about the compostable supermarket bags that are not as environmentally friendly as advertised and have been shown to remain whole after three years buried in soil. I felt this was an ideal opportunity to make beautiful upcycled shopping bags from old clothing and surplus material from a simple pattern, incorporating the sewing techniques to create your individual design.


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This is a donation based event (Nobody will be turned away for lack of funding, yet donations allow us to run affordable events for everyone, and to support both the facilitator and the Salisbury Centre)

Suggested donation £5-£15

To donate:

Either bring cash on the evening

Or Donate (using “Sewing Workshop” as REFERENCE) via : www.salisburycentre.org/donate

Suggested donation for the evening event is £5-15

This event will on the ground floor (level floor) and is wheelchair accessible. If you are coming and have access needs please let us know in advance so we can tailor the workshop.

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