Slow Fashion + Climate Action for Youth

January – April 2022; For Youth Ages 15 – 24

Upcoming Open Studios (free for Youth 15 – 24)!

Curious to learn more? Join an upcoming Open Studio and meet the instructors and learn more. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending any, please click the link and register.

Thursday November 4, 2021 (4-7pm): Weaving, an introduction to an ancient fibre art
Let’s look at a brief history of weaving. How has woven fabric been used to identify some people? Let’s weave tabby and twill. Why wool? Weave an arrow sash.
Instructor: Trish Clooney and Danielle Stephens

Thursday December 2, 2021 (4-7pm): The Art of Mending
Participants will explore the art of visible mending.
Instructor: Catherine Nicholls

Thursday December 16, 2021 (4-7pm): Embellishing/Surface Design
We will explore the art of embellishment through paint, appliqué, stitch, beads, buttons and more. Alternative materials, as well as the “usual” media, will be examined
Instructor: Catherine Nicholls

Saturday November 27, 2021: Everything Old is New Again: Macrame and Spinning
We will produce a Macramé wall hanging. The students will learn five knots. Students will have an opportunity to experiment with a drop spindle.
Instructors: Trish Clooney and Danielle Stephens

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    About the Program

    What you wear matters. If you are interested in rethinking your relationship to textiles while developing practical skills and exploring how to become involved in positive and fun climate action, then this program is for you. Slow fashion is about reducing textile waste, loving and caring for our clothes, and finding ways to make them say who we are and what we believe in. Over six months you will explore local fibres, experiment with dyes from local plants and mushrooms, learn visible mending techniques, explore sustainable fashion trends and experiment with repurposing material. The program will combine hands-on workshops with ongoing mentorship with local fibre artists and designers. By the end of the program you will have produced at least one wearable item, as well as samples from the various techniques you will explore. This will come together in an exhibition at the SC Arts Centre in April 2022.

    What you can expect?

    • Gatherings at the SC Arts Centre in Sechelt on Thursdays from 4-7pm, twice a month
    • Exploring a range of fashion and textile techniques
    • Learning skills from experienced fibre artists and fashion designers
    • Developing a portfolio of samples and at least one finished wearable item
    • Displaying work in a professional exhibition
    • $100 towards materials and supplies

    Is this for you?

    This program is open to any youth on the Sunshine Coast between the ages of 15-24. No experience is necessary, just openness and curiosity to learn about slow fashion and to become involved in positive climate action.

    Deadline to Apply:

    Friday December 17 at 4pm
    How do you get involved?

    Please fill out this Application and send it to