NYC Swap-O-Rama: Reuse & Create! Recycle used clothes! Clean Out Your Closets! April 27th

“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” —Gandhi

Wendy Tremayne, mother of the Swap-O-Rama, based in NYC, a brilliant art from recycled materials project, tells us the next Swap-O-Rama has arrived. In between Swap-O-Rama’s she’s been hosting a weekly fabric art party where fabric, friends and fun come together. At Make Fun they’ve been sewing and making costumes, clothes, toys, puppets, and subversive installations out of reused materials. What a gal!

Beauty Paegeant? From Swap-O-Rama

When? April 27th 2pm to 7pm
Where? New York University’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Building, 9th floor
on Washington Square Park South at LaGuardia
What to Bring? $10 and any sized bag of your clean unwanted clothing to enter

What IS IT?

Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity. You are invited to Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing.

It’s easy to make the move from consumer to creator—and it’s fun. At this swap-O-Rama-Rama you’ll find a host of talent brought together to teach you how to transform your new/used duds into works of your own.

Together they bring you:

—Do It Yourself Stations where you can learn many wonderful ways to create out of textile reuse.

—Sewing Stations where local designers will teach you fresh clothing mod tricks.

—On-site Silk Screeners & Stencilers with a host of original designs and extraordinary local designers who’ll show off their work in the Swap-O-Rama-Rama reuse fashion show.

The core of the swap is the gigantic piles of free clothing (several thousand pounds!) sorted into categories:pants, shirts, skirts, sweaters and so on.

These piles are the collective total of each guest’s contribution of any size bag of unwanted clothes.

So clean out those closets and let go of what’s no longer inspiring. Take home as much clothing as you can carry. Remainders go to a local women’s shelter.

Wondering what to bring? Click on swaporamama’s website to find out.

Sewing machines are generously supplied by Janome

You can join their email list by sending a blank email to:

Have a look at previous NY Swap-O-Rama-Rama’s:

Autumn 2006

Winter 2006

Questions? Contact Mina Leibitz

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