Since opening its doors in 2000 Fabrications has blossomed into a buzzing hub of creativity and sustainability. Over the summer they have been building a new classroom or `Imaginerium' for their workshops and events.
Barley Massey, owner of Fabrications said: "My vision for Fabrications continues to explore and promote the value of hand making in our lives, of creating community and to sew seeds of social and environmental change. In 2012 we will be launching our new programme of classes, events and happenings in our new space."
The Upcycling Academy
Fabrications has also been working with the Twisted Thread Exhibition organiser team to create a new feature at this year's `Knitting and Stitching Shows' called `The Upcycling Academy'. We've teaming up with the charities `TRAID' and `War on Want' (love fashion hate sweatshops campaign) and a group of dedicated upcyclers to present an alternative fashion production line.
What can visitors expect?
Enter the `consumption + waste reception' and pick up a t-shirt from TRAID (or bring your own) Flow around `the productive line' and transform your t-shirt in all kinds of ways. Exercise your values in the gaming area and action station. Lastly, strutt your stuff on the virtual catwalk and have your picture taken which you can share directly onto your Facebook page and help spread the messages.
Rethink Rubbish Kits are still going strong and make a great crafty gift this Christmas. This year `Create a fabulous fascinator' joined it's friends - `Learn to weave', `Knit your own phone cover from plastic bags', `Make your own recycled rosette' and `sustainable gift wrapping'.
Amnesty International, Liberty and The Barbican are among the stockists who've been encouraging DIY action which needn't cost the earth.
For further information contact: Barley Massey, Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4PH. T: +44 (0)20 7275 8043, E: email@example.com, www.fabrications1.co.uk or www.fabrications-hackney.blogspot.com
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