Posts Tagged ‘clothes’


July 28th, 2015

ReFashion returns to Witney on Sunday 1st November, from 11am – 3pm. There will be an array of stands all doing their bit to promote the reuse, repair or upcycling of fabric.

ReFashionSun1NovPosterSmallWith around 8000 tonnes of textiles ending up in landfill across the county each year, West Oxfordshire District Council is working in partnership with all the Oxfordshire councils to tackle the problem of wasted material.

Seeing junk differently

May 29th, 2013

Junk is just junk, right? Try telling that to Paraguayan music teacher Flavio Chavez. He’s the man behind the Melodias de la Basura, known in English as the Landfill Harmonic. He worked with a local craftsman to turn rubbish from the local tip into musical instruments: violins, guitars and flutes all made from things other people have thrown away.

A documentary is being made about the Landfill Harmonic, but it’s still in production. In the meantime, you can catch them on YouTube:

It’s the same thing, on a smaller scale, with local swapshops. People bring what they think is junk, only to find that other people can find a use for it.

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Dedicated followers of Fairtrade

March 13th, 2013
Girl on catwalk with Fairtrade logo on dress

Photo credit: David Pearce

Gianni Versace eat your heart out! On Thursday 7th March we saw that there’s enough talent locally to rock the fashion world. Wendy from Witney Fairtrade Action Group (WAFTAG) introduced Witney’s first ever Fairtrade Fashion Show, the screen lifted to reveal a catwalk and we were off!

Over 150 people crammed into the auditorium at Abingdon and Witney College to see the students’ fashion creations, all made with Fairtrade materials. Students modelled their own and each other’s work. The theme of the show was “Protection” and we saw some seriously imaginative variations on that theme, from a military-inspired dress to an insect exoskeleton! My favourite was the chain-mail-inspired dress where the chain links were in the form of  leaves. Students of Art, Media, Make-up and Hair all worked together to create a knockout show.

Preparing for the event took months of hard work from WAFTAG and the college, but the result was well worth it.

We also got a reminder about why we were there: buying Fairtrade might mean a few more pence for an item at the checkout, but the difference is literally life-changing for the producers. The Fairtrade mark means that cotton producers don’t just get a fair price for their crop; they also get extra funds to plough back into their community. Before the show we saw a short film about a community in Mali, who have used their Fairtrade funding to build a maternity unit locally. Before the maternity centre was built, pregnant women had to walk miles to give birth at the nearest medical centre and would often suffer complications on the way.

Before the show’s finale we had the chance to enjoy refreshments (courtesy of the Co-op) and browse a range of Fairtrade stalls.

We rounded off the night with a personal message of support from Sir Steve Redgrave, an avid backer of Fairtrade who even has his own Fairtrade clothing line.

It is great that Fairtrade is so well recognised within Witney and that students from Abingdon and Witney College have been so creative in designing using Fairtrade cotton… The difference Fairtrade can create for schools, healthcare and employment is dramatic and truly life-changing. The small premium that we pay for Fairtrade goods in the UK converts to a huge difference in the lives of farmers in West Africa and India… Being involved with Fairtrade is something you should all be very proud of and please keep spreading the message.

ReFashion in Oxford tomorrow

February 18th, 2013

Something old, something new, something to swap, something for you… Tomorrow is Oxford ReFashion, the event that breathes new life into our old clothes. If you went to last year’s event in Oxford, or came to Witney ReFashion in November, you’ll know what to expect. (The video of our November event gives a flavour too.)

ReFashion is a chance to:

  • Swap your unwanted clothes at the “swishing” event
  • Learn about basic repairs and adjustments
  • Get creative with upcycling
  • Get rid of that tatty old bra at the charity bra bank
  • Take some inspiration from the fashion shows
  • And if your clothes are really beyond hope… send them for recycling into rags!

Oxford ReFashion is at Oxford Town Hall tomorrow (Tuesday 19th Feb 2013). It runs from 1pm-7pm.

The clothes being swapped/upcycled/etc can be for men, women, children and babies. Entry is free and you don’t have to bring anything – you can just wander around. The goal is to reduce the amount of clothing that goes to landfill in Oxfordshire each year, while having some fashion-based fun.

Although it’s an Oxford event, you might spot a few Witney faces there. I’m treating it as an opportunity to spring-clean my wardrobe!