Slow Fashion + Climate Action

Presented by Sunshine Coast Fibreshed and the Sunshine Coast Arts Council

October 2021 – April 2022

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 student on the Sunshine Coast from Grades 10-12. No experience is necessary, just openness and curiosity to learn about slow fashion and to become involved in positive climate action.

Important Dates

Optional Info Sessions: Thursday October 7 & Wednesday October 13 at 4pm (On Zoom)
Deadline to Apply: Monday October 18 at 4pm
1st Gathering: Thursday October 21 at 4pm
2nd Gathering: Thursday November 4 at 4pm
3rd Gathering: Thursday November 18 at 4pm

How do you get involved?

Please fill out this application and send it to submissions@sunshinecoastartscouncil.com