I have always wanted to make my own fabric so wrote it into a course as a module for the women I work with. Which means actually learning how to do it!
Design your rubber stamp. You can draw your design straight onto the rubber and then carve out the negative space around your lines.
Carve out your design using lino cutting tools.
Using a roller for a consistent cover, roll fabric paint or ink onto the rubber stamp and stamp your design onto fabric. The paint I used seeped into the fabric and then you had to heat set it with an iron to make it washable.
Yesterday one of my lovely friends and Greeves St. Project volunteer, Kathy, told me she is really excited about Glass Plate Flowers and she described the process of glueing Op Shop glass plate finds of various sizes together to create garden ornaments in the shape of flowers. I love cut glass and crystal and I love up-cycling, so it got me curious. I did a Pinterest search and found the following images – because, as usual, I am clearly the last to know about this new craze! I searched “glass” “plate” “garden” “upcycling”.
We have stalled at 37% of our overall target of $5,500, which is the budget to purchase 15 small business & sewing kits for women exiting street sex work.
As a mid campaign incentive Greeves St. will give a St Kilda Souvenir Cushion – hand screen printed, patch-worked with up-cycled denim and filled with down – to the next person who donates over $250 to the campaign.
Please go to the following link to discover the full range of great incentives you will receive when you donate to the Greeves St. Project, which empowers and teaches important skills to marginalised women.
As I was up-cycling this patchwork denim cushion I used whichever zipper I could find and it happened to be orange. But how cool does it look?
Part of my work is to create a sustainable enterprise engaging marginalised women. A number of our supporters have been donating their used denim to me and so I spent a bit of my holiday time playing with denim possibilities like this patchwork pillow. (Just as an aside, the lovely Jessie from St Kilda Mums suggested I pop down to Spotlight and grab some of their generic branded feather pillows for cushion inserts. Oh. My. I squashed the insert in so the pillow is smaller than a standard bed pillow, and it feels so plush and posh.) Also just surfed Pinterest and uploaded a bunch of very awesome and imaginative products made out of recycled denim. Take a look!