On January 25th (2-5pm) we will be running our first Customisation Workshop with Charlotte Hamilton @sugarstormstudio. Charlotte is a Central Saint Martins graduate, she has a passion for upcycling old clothing and giving garments new life! She will show us the way in this fun, confidence boosting class. The other benefits to this class are of course promoting less waste and changing our shopping habits. Lets learn a bit more about Charlotte….
When did you get started with upcycling and what is your inspiration behind it?
When I was a teenager I would look at all the alternative fashion in Camden Market and wish I could afford it all. I wanted to be wearing clothes that were different to what everyone else was wearing, and that had more of my own personality in them. The first upcycling project I remember making was for my 14th birthday, I took an old black tank top and added strips of pink tartan fabric, studs and safety pins across the front. I remember absolutely loving it and feeling so proud that I was wearing something I had made. For me it’s always been about creating something different, putting your own mark onto your wardrobe and having a bit of fun with fashion.
What has been your most successful upcycle/garment you can not live without?
My favourite piece at the moment is a super simple t-shirt customisation. I love T-shirt’s but I wanted something that was a bit more unique and had a different shape. I cut the shoulders off to make a slouchy cold-shoulder tee and added some slits down the side and on the sleeves. I love wearing it because I created it for my own shape, it has the comfort of throwing a T-shirt on but can easily be dressed up for the evening.
Tell us about the benefits of upcycling and what we can gain from the class?
I think we could benefit in all areas by being less wasteful, making the most out of the things we have and pausing to think if we really need to buy something new. There’s been a lot of press about the negative impacts of the fashion industry recently, and more people are looking for a way to reduce their own environmental impact and buying less new clothes is an excellent start. In the workshops you will learn tips and techniques for transforming an old piece of clothing into something you can continue to love and wear. You will leave with a new addition to your wardrobe and the skills and ideas to continue to revamp and customise your wardrobe and second hand clothes in the future.
The way we dress can say so much about our personality and it’s a really beautiful thing to be able to put your own stamp on your fashion, to create a piece of clothing that you really love, that feels like you.