Ethical Fashion in the Age of Austerity

Ethical Fashion in the Age of Austerity

Charlotte Prichard, 4 March 2011

We were thrilled when new craft company The Papered Parlour invited us to run a workshop at their  Ethical Fashion in the Age of Austerity mini-festival. It was held at the V&A Museum of Childhood -  just a hop, skip and a jump from the Tatty Devine studio! Armed with hoards of vintage jewellery found at Spitalfields Antiques Market that morning, along with plenty of Tatty Devine charms and lots of beads, buttons and bits, we were ready for a very crafty night. DSC_0005.JPG DSC_0020.JPG DSC_0021.JPG And of course, we had all our tools: rainbow-coloured pliers, drills and glue guns: DSC_0022.JPG We were super overwhelmed that both our workshops got booked up within half an hour of opening. We had to start keeping waiting lists! We asked participants to think about the colours they like to wear and style of jewellery that suits them best. Everyone then chose pieces they would like to work with from our stash: DSC_0037.JPG DSC_0030.JPG DSC_0114.JPG Then we sat round and got crafting! Our tables were packed with people busy upcycling everything into new jewellery... DSC_0048.JPG Tatty Devine designer Harriet Vine was on hand to help (Rosie, the other half of our design duo, was away at Paris Fashion Week). DSC_0059.JPG DSC_0051.JPG DSC_0182.JPG After learning top tips from Harriet, people got to work on their projects. A lot of concentration was involved! DSC_0124.JPG DSC_0056.JPG DSC_0058.JPG DSC_0057.JPG DSC_0073.JPG DSC_0083.JPG DSC_0121.JPG It's great when an idea starts coming together: DSC_0053.JPG We love this combo of Tatty Devine Popcorn Packet Brooch with a picnic blanket check shirt:

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Kilt pin brooches are a great way to show off lots of little trinkets:

DSC_0101.JPG Charm bracelets were a popular choice: DSC_0207.JPG DSC_0184.JPG We love this big bow chain brooch. The plectrums hanging down at the end of the chains give a neat finish. Kawaii! DSC_0103.JPG Lots of charms added to a ring makes for jingle-jangly fingers: DSC_0206.JPG Delicate pink heart and star charms were added to a chunky gold chain for this statement necklace: DSC_0099.JPG Simple but cute! Button earrings: DSC_0185.JPG Someone even re-vamped sunglasses! DSC_0187.JPG Thank you to the museum, the Papered Parlour, and everyone who joined in. Our next workshop is at the British Museum, and this one is especially for teenagers. So if you're aged 13-18, come along to Jewellery Design with Tatty Devine on Saturday 21st May between 11am and 2pm. P.S. Thanks to our super press intern Sophie for taking the photos. We just had to snap one of her, too: DSC_0091.JPG
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