15th – 22nd Sept
Running from the 15th – 22nd September Metal will be hosting a week-long series of activities around sustainable fashion, to learn more, have discussions and build new skills to proactively move towards a more sustainable future.
In partnership with Shado, Pluto Press and The Reading Room, these activities are part of a series of events happening across the UK as part of a wider program ‘An anti-capitalist fashion week’.
Drawing inspiration from Tansy E. Hoskins’ book ‘The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’ and coinciding with London Fashion Week. The wider program seeks to uncover the roots of extractivism in the fashion industry and to celebrate the organisations shaping alternatives and building a different future.
Events will include a pop-up Mend and Mend Cafe, workshops in repurposing clothes and using natural dyes, as well as profiling sustainable fashion and creative businesses throughout the week.
Thursday 15th, 10.30am – 12.30pm @Paston Farm Community Centre pe4 7XB
Friday 16th @ 9.30 – 11.30am @ PARCA (Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Centre) PE1 3QH
Thursday 22nd 11am – 1pm @ Gladstone Connect (Allama Iqbal Centre) PE1 2EL
We’ll be running pop up events at a number or Peterborough Community Centres. Drop by and join in on the workshops where experienced textile artist Romana Zadissa will be present to help advise.
Have you grown tired of a pair of trousers you’ve had for ages? Maybe they were always meant to be a bag? Bring a garment and your transformative ideas! Together we will learn the basics of how to mend and give your loved (or less loved) garments a makeover. Put your own unique signature to your clothes, save money and reduce the environmental impact.
Book: Drop in
Friday 16th Hosted by Linda Genever
Sunday 18th Hosted by BeeCrafty
11am – 4pm
Pop into our Make and Mend Cafe for textiles and fashion, where an experienced textile artist will be present to help advise, from fixing items to demonstrating how to use a sewing machine. Like the premise of the popular repair café, people are welcome to bring along items of clothing and or textile that they would like to repurpose or mend.
Each afternoon people will be invited to come along with their items and be able to utilise the knowledge from a textile artist, bookable 1:1 surgery, or a chance to share your own skills with others. A great opportunity to make, chat and share your own skills.
Book: Drop in (1:1 surgeries / slots available)
11am – 3pm @Metal Chauffeurs Cottage PE1 1YX
A workshop with artist Sa’adaih Khan and Victoria Kelly-Gobuiwang, in reimagining your clothing, revive and customise your clothes to give them a new lease of life!
Join Victoria, a textile print designer- who up cycles and reuses old clothes and fabric to make wonderful new items of clothing, and Sa’adiah an intuitive and community artist, who uses sustainable methods in her work by upcycling functional objects, clothes and making fabric jewellery. Together they will share a range of techniques throughout the day, including stencilling, fabric painting and embroidery.
Bring along an item of clothing that could do with some TLC and see what wonderful creation you come home with. Participants are welcome to stay for the duration and work into a piece of clothing, utilising the equipment and materials at Metal’s Make and Mend Café.
@Metal Chauffeurs Cottage PE1 1YX
SWISH – 1 – 3pm
SWISH, a big clothes swap, where people can exchange their no longer wanted used clothing for others! A great sustainable way to update your wardrobe.
How does it work? Bring a small number of items that you’re happy to exchange. The clothes you bring will be laid out along with everyone else’s, everyone gets a chance to look around and try on items. Then the swapping starts! So, the clothes swap is fair and not a scramble the SWISH is organised by the ringing of a bell. Every time the bell rings participants can take one item and so on.
Bring a maximum of 5 good quality items. You may take as many items as you have brought with you.
6 – 8pm @Metal Chauffeurs Cottage PE1 1YX
Metal will be running a reading group discussing ‘The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’. The reading group is part of The Left Book Club and is free to attend and open to all. We’ll be using the book as a launch pad to discuss the general themes explored around environmentalism, identity politics and inequality. So don’t worry if you don’t get a chance to read the book before then! But if you’d like to you can buy a copy at – www.plutobooks.com.
1 – 4pm @Metal Chauffeurs Cottage PE1 1YX
Join artist Amanda Rigby to learn some basic natural dyeing techniques. This workshop will inspire and encourage you to reimagine textiles and items of clothes by using natural dye, with techniques that you can continue at home.
Natural dyes produce unique and subtle colours, with the unpredictability of them making them exciting to use. During the workshop participants will trial out, experiment and play with a different processes as well as creating your own unique, one-of-a-kind item to take home with you.
To see the wider program for ‘An anti-capitalist fashion week’ visit: