Refashioning clothing and textiles for new life is one way to reduce waste and Woolloongabba-based reuse organisation, Reverse Garbage Queensland, is about to demonstrate the limitless possibilities when their wearable art exhibition, WornOUT, returns for another year. I attended last year and it was a huge success.
Venue is the Beautiful Princess Theatre (May Cross)
WornOUT 2018 commences with an opening night launch at the historic Princess Theatre in Woolloongabba on Saturday 24 November from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm. The FREE event is open to the public and will feature runway showcases for Refashion, Wearable Art and Cosplay (costume play), plus food and drink. The exhibition will be followed by a series of creative workshops and a static exhibition of selected garments from the runway shows.
Did you know that Australians are the world's second largest consumers of new textiles? It is estimated that we buy about 27 kilos of clothing of which about 23 go to landfill per person every year. Shocking isn't it? While large industrial solutions may appear to be the answer, WornOUT is a panacea to fast and disposable fashion. Individuals and communities who want to see change can do it here and now while expressing their own creativity.
Designed by Paul Hagger (image courtesy of RGQ)
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that Brisbane Council was proud to support WornOUT, which aligned with the council's vision of a clean, green and sustainable city. "WornOUT 2018 provides an interactive and educational opportunity for Brisbane residents and visitors to learn about how they can contribute to making our city liveable and sustainable for our children, and their children, to follow," he said. "This event encourages residents to consider how they can make more sustainable fashion choices, prolong the life of existing clothing and actively supports textile recycling, reuse and repair so we can reduce the amount of textiles going into landfill."
Jane Milburn and Elizabeth Kingston (image courtesy of RGQ)
Exhibition director, Jane Milburn from Textile Beat, has been at the front of Australia's slow fashion movement and believes a shift away from this unsustainable practice must occur. "WornOUT is an exciting opportunity to nurture an upcycling culture that enables designers and makers to explore creativity in unique, empowering, and resourceful ways," Jane said.
Metal Mermaid (image from RGQ website)
Refashion Curator, Elizabeth Kingston, said WornOUT aims to spark unconventional and disruptive thinking by inviting designers to engage in playful storytelling through garments made using pre-loved and salvaged materials. "Every day is a new opportunity to create when we bring together textures, colours and shapes in creative ways and reinvent them as refashion," said Elizabeth.
Chi from Chobit (image courtesy of RGQ)
Project co-ordinator for RGQ, Bill Ennals, told me that textiles are the product that moves the fastest through the RGQ warehouse, ahead of timber, metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, paper and cardboard and other materials. Bill said, "We want to challenge people to question their ideas about what "worn out" means. Textiles are consistently our biggest selling product and we get a lot from local businesses diverting their excess stock to us, but we also get a lot of materials that have had one life, but still have something to offer. Our community is really engaging around creative ways to reuse these things and you will see that on display in the exhibition."
For more information, check out the official Facebook event page here
Creative Designers in Action (image courtesy of RGQ)