We collect, curate and reuse waste textiles – Keeping fashion out of landfill for creative reuse and to mitigate the environmental impact of textiles and apparel production on the planet.
We present waste as a resource – Supplying a post consumer textiles resource library to the creative community, and offering workshops and arts residences to increase the reuse of valuable waste materials.
We make up-cycled products from waste material – Working with a network of designers, makers and artists to create small batch products, skill building, workforce development and retail opportunities for creatives.
We educate – Providing sustainability education in schools & colleges, savvying up consumers and designers, and providing a platform for innovation and action for industry change.
All the products we create start their lives as donated waste textiles, scraps, bolt ends or used clothing, either from partner organizations or from one of our Closet Deposit events. People are encouraged to make tax-deductible donations of anything from clothing and accessories through to broken, orphaned and tangled jewelry – in fact anything new, broken, inherited, re-gifted, ex-husband, vintage, or even just a-good-idea-at-the-time works for us! We also collect expired textile samples, leather off cuts, ends of fabric bolts, trimmings and abandoned dry cleaning apparel to form our raw material inventory.
A portion of the items collected are selected to be up-cycled through our designer program. Working with a selection of artists and designers, we then turn those items into a marketable capsule collection, the sale of which goes to help support the organization. We work closely with local boutiques, gala auctions and charity events to provide a platform to sell each collection, promote our up-coming designers, educate the public on the power of our emerging talent and raise awareness about textile waste. Each piece carries a message about its material origin, its re-designer and our mission.
All the other materials we collect are curated to form an inventory of raw materials which acts as Resource Library for fashion and interior design and developmental classes as part of our arts education program.
We collaborate with business and boutiques that speak directly to the fashion consumer and who focus on promoting ethical brands, artists and designers that are open to sustainable change, and educators who understand the need for new practices within the industry.
Do you have pieces you could donate? If you do, contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and pass on the love!
To find out how we collect stuff, why we do so, who we collaborate with, and who benefits, how we work with students, and collaborate with designers, what products we make and sell, how to support us, and how to get involved – click through, browse around and give us a holler!
Magpies & Peacocks is proud to be funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.