Friday, 22 July 2011

Vintage at the Southbank

This year Wayne and Gerradine Hemingway's Vintage festival is at the Southbank, London.

I am co curating the Upcycling Workshop area (located inside the Royal Festival Hall) alongside the lovely Louise Kamara, organiser of the Eco Design Fair.

There will be 6 main workshop stations. Hosts will be rotating 2 1/2 hr classes 12 - 5.30pm and also selling their handmade wares, vintage clothing, accessories and haberdashery, kits, magazines and published books throughout the day.
You can book in at the workshop of your choice on arrival at 12 noon or just drop in if there's space! Here's a sneak preview of what we've got planned....

Sewing machines at the ready....get 'Reworking Fashion' or 'Chop + Change' with Fashion Antidote and revamp old woollens with TRAID. Horrockses will show you how to transform their printed bed linen into a vintage inspired dress. In celebration of the current Festival of Britain exhibition and celebrations at the Southbank, The Seaside Sisters have developed a special FOB inspired pennant making session. On the 'Refresh your Wardrobe' station discover styling and customising tips from Kustom Box, whilst author Jessica Alden from the Royal School of Needlework will demonstrate beautiful embellishment techniques.

Want to do a bit of DIY? Join Max McCurdo from Reestore who will be creating Bird boxes out of circuitry and hardware. Meanwhile U Old Bag (great business name!) will demonstrate how to make yarn out of an old t-shirt and then how to crochet it into simple accessories.
Last but not least I am sharing a station with the new craft magazine Molly Makes who will be making items from recent issues including strawberry pin cushions and crocheted apple protectors, whilst I'm doing my 'Create a fabulous fascinator' out of vintage silk scarves and haberdashery. Fun fun fun...hope to see you there!

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