I received a lovely email a few weeks ago from Perth lass Sandra Bryans, who runs a sewing school in Malaga. Sandra is organising what sounds to be a really fantastic event, called Swap-O-Rama-Rama; a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which the community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. The idea behind Swap-O-Rama-Rama was developed several years ago by activist Wendy Tremayne, and the Perth event will be only the second time it has been held outside North America. At Swap–O–Rama–Rama consumers are taught to be creators and this transformation takes place through the local talent in the community.
There will be workshops with designers who work with restyled clothing, sewing stations, screenprinting stations, fashion parades and more. The fun will go down on Saturday, December 5, at City Farm in Perth; but before anything can happen, Sandra needs some volunteers to help her out with this not-for-profit event.
Swap–O–Rama–Rama is seeking artists of all calibers, recyclers and creatives of all kinds for the following roles: publicity, artist taught DIY workshops, designer run sewing stations, silk screening, fashion show production, reuse designers for a recycled fashion show, sorters (get first dibs on clothes) and general help.
Publicity: If you can help with print and other media publicity, we’d love your help promoting this exciting event.
DIY Workshops: If you have a unique skill that transforms would be trash into a wearable item (clothing/jewelry/handbag etc) please consider bringing this to Swap–O–Rama–Rama in the form of a DIY workshop.
Sewing Station/Fashion Show: If you’re a whiz behind a sewing machine and work with recycled materials, consider being a Swap–O–Rama–Rama designer helping people learn how to mod the used clothing they find at the swap. And join the Swap–O–Rama–Rama fashion show to show off your creations.
Fashion Show production: If you can co-ordinate and manage a dynamic, freestyle fashion show, we’d love your ideas and input.
Silk Screen Crew: If you’re a silk screener and would like to join the silk screening crew, offering your fresh designs to bring used clothes back to life, please get in touch!
Music: What’s a party without music? If you are a DJ or have a band, we’d love to hear from you.
For more on the event, check out the Swap-O-Rama-Rama blog here