Providing quality post consumer textiles from our resource library to schools and colleges to up-cycle as part of their programs promotes sustainability, social responsibility and ethical practice systemically, and offers a budget friendly creative solution to keeping fashion out of landfill. Our program includes classes in schools, workshops, and camps for kids. We focus on creative material reuse, textile waste solutions, hand skills and up-cycling. By empowering up-and-coming designers, we can support Arts Education in an immersive manner and build on the sustainable longterm platform needed to hone their talents. Focusing on catching young designers early enough in their arts career helps us to build bridges between their educational success and a working career in design in their home city. To learn more about our sustainability programming, the systemic problems within the business of fashion and why we collect, divert and up-cycle post consumer textiles click HERE.
The Catwalks & Classrooms Competition:
Each year this program includes an innovative design competition culminating in the Catwalks & Classrooms Showcase Event where we collaborate with local and national artists and fashion influencers to creatively exhibit the final collections. Students creatively up-cycle collections from donated materials provided by Magpies & Peacocks. Students receive mentorship from industry leaders, have hands-on exposure to working within the industry with stylists, designers, models, and leading beauty professionals as well as the opportunity to visit local fashion houses that have successfully hand built their businesses. For further information on Catwalks & Classrooms click HERE.