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Alexander McQueen and Wearable Art Workshop

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by May Cross (subscribe)
I'm a writer, artist and keen photographer.
Eco Art - Refashion Your Footwear
I didn't think that I would ever use Alexander McQueen's name and "garbage" in the same sentence. But here is another one: I adore McQueen's designs, and I also love Reverse Garbage Queensland (as you may know from my previous articles). To have these two creative institutions clash is my idea of a great time.

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Refashion your Footwear (image from organiser's website)

With sustainability now one of the cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian Curriculum, Reverse Garbage is offering a new Professional Development series for primary and secondary school educators. Artists and members of the general public are also welcome to attend. Reverse Garbage's specialty is reuse: choosing to explore additional uses for materials, rather than to send them to landfill. With that in mind, the Alexander McQueen and Wearable Art Workshop focusses on methods for reusing and up-cycling salvaged materials.

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Eco Workshop (image from organiser's website)

Aims of the Workshop:
  • Explore the creative potential of unconventional materials (clean industrial discards);
  • Provide guided experimentation with materials and instruction on techniques for manipulation and application to a range of wearable art concepts; and
  • Investigate the development of wearable art and sculptural activities for the classroom.
Participants will get hands-on experience experimenting with materials from Reverse Garbage to make their own wearable art creations. The workshop will start with a pair of cast-off shoes, which is a fantastic focal point for wearable art. They will become a blank canvas for embellishing with unconventional materials, re-sculpting, redefining and repurposing. Bring along your pre-loved shoes for revival with clean discards salvaged from the waste bins. There will also be a range of shoes available in anticipation of your inventive additions.

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    Bring a pair of cast off shoes (image by writer)

    This fashionable new workshop is presented in the lead-up to Reverse Garbage's new Refashion and Cosplay exhibition, Worn Out?!? This exhibition pushes artists to use second-hand materials to create high-quality pieces for display to the general public and a panel of judges. Check it out here

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    Worn Out Exhibition (courtesy of RGQ)

    This workshop is specifically for individuals. If you have a large group (8 people) who are keen to attend you can book a private workshop. Please contact Mary Trabucco, Workshops Coordinator, on 07-3891 9744 to arrange this. Or email:

    Details at a Glance
    Who: Primary and secondary school educators, artists and the general public.
    Where: Reverse Garbage Queensland, 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba
    When: Thursday 26 October 6.30 to 8pm
    Cost: $25 plus $1.50 booking fee per person (tickets are not refundable).
    For further information click here
    To book tickets click here

    (Lee) Alexander McQueen (1969-2010)

    The workshop theme is inspired by British fashion designer and wearable artist, Alexander McQueen. I have been a great fan of his since I was fortunate to attend one of his famous runway shows at London Fashion Week. He was controversial and often shocking with his creations. Skulls were one of his lasting motifs. He sometimes used "waste" and disposable materials to make wearable art, and his art pieces are also great examples of texture, drama, and incorporated ideas about consumerism and sustainability into high fashion. Sadly, he took his own life, at age 40.

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    RGQ (image from organiser's website)

    Parking Facilities at the Warehouse
    There are seven parking spaces in front of the Reverse Garbage Queensland warehouse and there is also two-hour street parking available around the corner on Elliott St. Please do not park in the car parks of businesses on Burke Street as I don't want you to get towed.
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    Why? Professional Development or just for fun
    When: Thursday 26 October, 6.30 to 8pm
    Phone: 07-3891 9744
    Where: Reverse Garbage QLD, 20 Burke St, Woolloongabba
    Cost: $25 (plus booking fee)
    Your Comment
    What a cool idea!
    by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 3|1097) 747 days ago
    Fantastic article May. What a great idea.
    by Naomi (score: 1|30) 734 days ago
    They do great classes at RG
    by lockb (score: 1|94) 721 days ago
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