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Junk Kouture

Proving one man’s junk is another man’s treasure is recycled fashion show Junk Kouture. Coming to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on February 5 (7pm) the event will see Scottish school kids take the runway. Competing in small teams the high school students will present couture outfits they have made from purely recycled material. As if … Continue reading

A Stitch Online

Designer Iona Barker is known to many as the face of Say it ain’t Sew, Scotland’s free sewing classes. Hoping to expand this network Barker has launched a website to promote the craft’s physical and mental benefits. She said: “Sewing can be therapeutic; one of the reasons I took it up was to forget my … Continue reading

Merchant City Festival

Preparations have begun for this year’s Merchant City festival and it promises to be the biggest yet. Running twice the length of previous events, the 2015 bill will span July 25 – August 2. Festival Executive Producer, Lorenzo Mele, said: “The 2014 Festival was exceptional because it supported the Commonwealth Games, acting as the cultural … Continue reading

Fashion Revolution

Flash mobs, a fashion tardis and upcycling workshops celebrated Glasgow’s Fashion Revolution Day. Campaigners met at the Glasgow Lighthouse (on April 24) to promote sustainable fashion and commemorate the Rana Plaza disaster. The 2013 disaster saw Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory collapse, killing over 1100 and injuring thousands. This is one of many incidents that continue … Continue reading

Say It Aint Sew

As clothes became cheaper the art of sewing waned, but the craft fought back and was reborn as recreation. Programmes like The Sewing Bee capitalised on this trend, reflecting the latest wave of interest. Costume designer, Iona Barker said: “The image of sewing has shifted over the years from something girly to something androgynous and … Continue reading

Charity shopping

My love of charity shops started as a child, when my twin and I would follow our gran through hordes of toys and books. The years passed, as did my gran, but the love remained. As my twin moved away first to Aberdeen, then to London she found comfort in their thrift shops; different yet … Continue reading

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