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Uniqlo Design Library Workshops

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Uniqlo Design Library Workshops
I haven't had the chance to update on what's going on with my creative journey as I've been very busy with preparing for upcycling workshops. Just last weekend, I was invited to take part in the UNIQLO Design Library workshops, and I was excited that they were willing to let me hold workshops based on the textile upcycling theme. In fact, they were more than happy to provide me a supply of cuts from their trouser alteration service!UNIQLO Design Library
We ended up making necklaces and sewing drawstring pouches from old t-shirts and transforming old clothes into zipper pouches.

Upcycling Workshops Agy

Upcycling Workshops Agy

Upcycling Workshops Agy
Upcycling workshop with Agy

Upcycling workshop with Agy



Shopping with a Purpose in Singapore - Handmade

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Shopping with a Purpose in Singapore - Handmade
I remember when I was at my first pop-up in Singapore. I made upcycled products from jeans and laid them out carefully on the table before the event started. I set my expectations very low because I wasn't really sure whether anyone would appreciate them. There were a handful who understood what I was selling, but I think the vast majority didn't like the idea of something that was originally destined for the rubbish bin or that it cost a wee bit more than mass manufactured items. Initially, I was thinking how ridiculous it was to sell upcycled goods, but then I realised that others in the handmade market were facing similar issues.

Nureen Das of  The Artesan Gateway asked me to share about shopping with a purpose in Singapore, and what the handmade movements is like. Hope over to her website now to read it. 

Shopping with a purpose

Upcycling Jeans into Bags

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Upcycling Jeans into Bags
Teach a bunch of teens how to upcycle jeans into bags?
I was a little hesitant at first because teenagers are a moody bunch and sometimes I do get the impression that they turn up to these workshops because they were "volunteered" to by their teachers. Well, not this bunch of ITE Central College students - they were a very captive audience and, I must add, very creative. Here's what they made.

Agy upcycling workshop Singapore

Agy upcycling workshop Singapore
Agy upcycling workshop Singapore

Agy upcycling workshop Singapore

upcycling workshop Singapore

Mending Again - Embroidered Flower Patches

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Mending Again - Embroidered Flower Patches
Repairing with Free Motion Embroidery

Sometimes garments will need a second mend.

I was wondering if I would ever get tired of my black jacket, but no, I haven't. It's one of my favourites because (if you have heard me talk about it), it's the one where I burnt it on the collar. It was one of those moments when the fabric gets damaged from an iron that's too hot. I had originally added flowers from a scarf and appliqued them onto the jacket. Now the patches are starting to fray.

I decided to keep the patches but overlay them with free motion embroidery.
Initially, I wasn't sure whether I wanted to do a satin stitch or a straight stitch. It became and experiment, trial and error on scraps first and then finally trying out both on the jacket. Problems did arise with the tension and so you can see that sometimes the bottom thread shows up at the top. Tension is my number one enemy! Well, free motion embroidery requires a lot of patience, so never do it if you are in a rush or feeling annoyed. Once you get the tension right and you have practiced on a piece of scrap, the stitching is a breeze.

Repairing with Free Motion Embroidery

Repairing with Free Motion Embroidery
Repair Using Free Motion Embroidery
Repairing with Free Motion Embroidery

Upcycled Clothing, Slow Clothing

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I always enjoy teaching people how to upcycle and more importantly, how to reconnect with their clothing. It's always such joy to hear positive feedback from the participants on how they felt during the making process, and of course, what they took back home in terms of skills. Here's what the participants of the Restyle Your Wardrobe Workshop had to say:
"I joined this workshop last year so that I could learn basic sewing but I came back with more knowledge on how to transform my old clothes into newer designs. Agatha is very patient and willing to brainstorm ideas on how to create a design that you will love! I transformed an old dress into a skirt and I love wearing it. I have since transformed other old dresses into new skirts. Learning a new skill has never been this fruitful ~"  Rachel
"One of the most fun workshops I attended last year! All the best AgyLara of Secondsguru
Lara and Anuja even wrote up their experience of when they attended the workshop

So what did the participants make this time round? Rather than convert them into wearable items, a majority of them converted them into useable products such as cushion covers, bolsters, bags (a yoga mat bag!) and even a pencil case. 
Restyle Your Wardrobe Upcycling Workshop

Restyle Your Wardrobe Upcycling Workshop

Restyle Your Wardrobe Upcycling Workshop

Restyle Your Wardrobe Upcycling Workshop

Trying out a new format to the workshop

Many of the participants fed back that they would like a longer session to the workshop. The original workshop was only about 5 hours and so I decided to extend it to 8 hours over a 2 day period. The 8th run will be held at IDEASHub @UWCSEA Dover.  I am very excited about the longer format as this gives everyone a chance to make more things and explore more techniques.

Dates: 22 and 29 April (2 day workshop)
Time: 1 - 5pm
The price is $133 per person
Buddy discount - 10% off if you bring a friend.
Sign up at this link.

Restyle Your Wardrobe Upcycling Workshop


Upcycling Meets Batik

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Upcycling Meets Batik
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"The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you"
Coco Chanel

I love any colour and I enjoy changing the colour of my clothes.  The last time I tried dyeing my clothes they turned out wonderful. There was the shibori style and batik, and because many of my readers asked when I would be holding a batik x upcycling workshop, I thought it was very apt to collaborate with Cherlyn Mark of +artathomesg as part of the Singapore Design Week.  

Dyes can be used to hide stains or unwanted marks on the garment.
Dyes can enhance. 
Dyes can give a garment new life.

Available Dates: 11th and 12th March
Cost: $95
Sign up: http://bit.ly/BatikUpcycle
Take home a basic DIY batik kit.

Batik Upcycling

Once you learn the basic batik techniques you can start exploring applying them on your own clothes. 

Batik


Check out what happened:

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upcycling batik

upcycling batik

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