If you have seen the Truman Brewery covered in a chrysalis cocoon of recycled clothes you may be wondering which public artist has been unleashed on this Brick Lane landmark. It is infact the work of students at The London College Of Fashion in the Centre of Sustainable Fashion who are working with Oxfam on a project entitled "Schwopping" sponsored by M&S. For two weeks they are taking over the building on Dray Walk to host workshops alongside designers for the public to attend and get first hand experience of upcycling from those at the cutting edge. Noel Stewart transformed the space into a millinery master-class last weekend and NOKI will be in charge this Saturday and Sunday with a lesson called' Cut the Brand'. Guests can take a t-shirt from the rails but instead of buying it, they will be encouraged to cut it into strips to be made into "Noki Yarn" for knitters to crochet into new unique creations.
Over the next few days there will be an accessories session with Michelle Lowe-Holder, Q&A with Christopher Raeburn, talk from journalist Lucy Siegle and exercise in transforming jeans into new denim garments with Gary Harvey. To see the full line up and list of events, head over to The Shwop Lab.
M&S Sustainable Fashion Lab, Dray Walk Gallery, Old Truman Brewery, Off 91 Brick Lane, E1 9QL.
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm from
26th April – 9th May 2012
(photos c/o NOKI - here is his dog "Bail" whom he rescued / released from a dog's home)