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Saturday 9 April: learn how to give clothes a new lease of life 

The Salvation Army’s flagship Glasgow charity shop on Dumbarton Road will host two free design workshops with celebrated designers, Black Cherry Studio. Maxine and Jemma, the talented Scottish duo behind the design label, will be hosting two two-hour workshops on Saturday 9 April. Members of the public will learn how to give clothes a new lease of life by applying simple print design techniques.

The free workshops will be held in the shop at 91 Dumbarton Road in Glasgow at 10am and 2pm. Attendees will learn various techniques to transform a piece of clothing or make a tote bag. Booking will be essential as demand is expected to be high (spaces can be reserved here: loveyourclothesworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk)

Black Cherry Studio is no stranger to The Salvation Army. They recently won a design residency with Zero Waste Scotland to transform clothing items that had been donated to the charity. Using bespoke print designs, Maxine and Jemma unveiled a couture collection having used only the public’s discarded donations. The aim of the project was to remind people that clothing always has value and should never be thrown away.

Now, Glasgow locals will be able to try their hand at transforming items using Black Cherry Studio’s print techniques. The designers have worked with the likes of Kookai, Jaques Vert and Primark.

What to expect:

  • There are two options at each workshop – you can choose to transform a preloved t-shirt into a stylish tote bag using printing and simple sewing techniques, or you can transform an item of clothing by applying print patterns
  • You will be expected to bring something you want to transform with you (or you can buy it from the shop on the day). Please note:
    • Bring or buy something that is plain and preferably white so that the print is effective
    • If you are making a tote bag on the day, make sure you bring/buy a t-shirt that you don’t mind completely transforming!
  • You don’t need any skills to attend the workshop, but an interest in crafts will help
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of your workshop
  • Black Cherry Studio are kindly donating their time, and as a result, these workshops are free. If you can no longer attend, please email andrew.pankhurst@zerowastescotland.org.uk to free up the space for someone else

The Salvation Army Trading Company is one of the largest clothing recyclers in the UK with 52 charity shops in Scotland as well as thousands of recycling banks. Each year they receive around 30,000 tonnes of donated textiles in the UK, which helps raise vital funds for the charity’s work with vulnerable people.

The Salvation Army is well known across the country, helping to fund programmes with homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales, a Family Tracing Service and more.

Love Your Clothes

Love Your Clothes is an initiative created by WRAP and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland that aims to raise awareness of the value of your garments and helps you make the most of the clothing you already have by encouraging people to think about the way they purchase, use and dispose of clothes.

Visit the website for tips and ideas on fixing, upcycling and caring for your clothes at www.loveyourclothes.org.uk

www.facebook.com/LoveYourClothesUK / @loveyourclothes

Shop: 91 Dumbarton Road