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Costume Pardi Celebrate Mardi Gras with glamorous upcycled garments

25 February 2024

In the Centre for Creativity

To celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras 2024, sustainable fashion designers Sally Jackson and Gary Bigeni will facilitate a weekend of workshops for families to create unique and custom-made tote bags for your Mardi Gras celebrations.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with glamorous upcycled garments

To celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras 2024, sustainable fashion designers Sally Jackson and Gary Bigeni will facilitate a weekend of workshops for families to create unique and custom-made tote bags for your Mardi Gras celebrations.

Attendees work with recycled and sustainable fashion materials, generously donated by Upparel, to repurpose material offcuts into glamorous costume accessories.

Participants will receive an upcycled denim bags lovingly hand-dyed in Gary Bigeni's bold signature colourful style. Each bag is constructed from upcycled garments painted separately, creating an original work of art on each bag. Bigeni's slow hand dyeing techniques achieve brilliant colours that are ready to wear.

In this workshop, participants will customise these accessories using fringing, beading and other textile manipulation techniques to create a bespoke to flaunt wherever they celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras, as well as learn the essential and dynamic history of upcycling textile waste with handy tips to incorporate this thinking and making into your everyday life.

Of course, no workshop is complete without the necessary catwalk and photoshoot to proudly display your creations with friends.

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