Textiles are a big waste issue in Australia. Each year, Australians purchase an average of 27 kilograms of new clothing and dispose of an average of 23 kilograms of clothing to landfill (PlanetArk). In fact, almost 6 tonnes of textiles are being sent to landfill every ten minutes in Australia. Therefore, it is important to find ways to reuse this textile waste.
This event will turn textile waste into a beautiful community wall hanging. Drop in and learn how to create flowers, leaves, and butterflies from fabric waste. Each item created will then be attached to a wall hanging where they will turn a bare tree into a blossoming work of art. This activity represents the community working together to solve a problem (in this case, textile waste) and the beauty it creates in the process.
Children and adults are invited to join this event to rethink waste and to be more purposeful in their use of textiles.
Katrina Naish, Founder and Director of A Fitting Connection, has over 20 years of experience in the fashion and textiles industry across design and production. She has also completed a Diploma in Clothing Industry Studies. After working in the industry and seeing the challenges that companies experience trying to get their products off the ground, Katrina felt a strong desire to use the skills she had acquired over the years to help. Acting as ‘go to’ for whatever is needed to build a business from conception through to completion, Katrina and her team are driven to make sure the product is a great success. Through Katrina’s diligence and devotion to her community, she has started on a new journey of educating students to understand the complexity of textile waste and the circular economy and also to see textile waste as a resource by facilitating opportunities to explore upcycling that earns financial rewards.