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Transforming plain decor with recycled textiles
The gentle art of découpage is being brought back into the 21st century using salvaged paper and textiles. At a "sip and make" workshop organised by Serendipity Op Shop in West End, participants will learn how to create their own special decorative item out of recycled materials.
The workshop is part of a series that is helping to raise awareness about fast fashion and its effects on the environment and providing ways in which people can help reduce their ecological footprint by upcycling materials that are at hand.
Victorian vignettes used for découpage in yester-years. Copyright-free image from book owned by author published by Dover Pictorial Archives.
Eva Heyward, owner of Serendipity Op Shop, said "We will be using all recycled materials to create some beautiful découpage decorative pieces for your home. What better way to inspire ethical decorating and give your pieces some real talking points?"
Participants at a previous eco-friendly workshop held at Serendipity Op Shop. Photo by courtesy of Eva Heyward.
The class will be run by Catikina Meri Told who is originally from Papua New Guinea. Since childhood, Cati has been passionate about fine arts and her forte is in building/making, colour and conceptualisation. She is keen to share her knowledge and give le the confidence in new skills.
For the workshop, participants can bring an item from home that they wish to cover with découpage or choose from a selection of items available at the op shop. All other materials will be supplied. There will also be antipasto nibbles. Bring your own alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages (no spirits).
The venue of the sip and make series is at Serendipity Op Shop on Russell Street, West End. Photo by author.