Sweater Days Events:
Mend and Repair Workshop
Mend and Repair aims to empower students and staff to fix and continue to use the clothes they already have. This skill can help people feel more confident in what they wear, regardless of whether or not they can afford the latest fashion. It also takes consumers out of the fast fashion industry, one which has terrible working conditions for its employees.
Bring any item of clothing that you would like to mend or learn to mend and experts will teach you how! Come learn new skills, help others or come make something totally new out of your old clothes!
This year, we are pleased to have three excellent teachers / craftivists from the community sharing mending and repairing skills.
Gail Cowan will be teaching merit-badge inspired, hand-embroidered patch making at the Mend and Repair workshop. She loves stitching and she loves school. Gail graduated from Fairhaven College with a degree in textiles, followed this up with a graphic design degree, and is now in a Masters of Education program at WWU. She is also the program advisor and admin for the Institute for Energy Studies. Gail began her foray into textiles and sustainability when she was five and her Auntie June helped her upcycle one of her dad’s old dress shirts into a ruffled and oh-so-fabulous apron. She believes that textiles and stitching are forms of storytelling.
Carol Berry recently retired from WWU’s office of Sustainability, and now spends her days focused on hand weaving, local fiber, and sustainable textiles. She enjoys sharing the philosophy and practice of making, mending, and repairing, and is eager to collaborate in support of a climate-beneficial regional fiber-shed in Washington’s 4th corner. Carol believes that when we get personal satisfaction from things we grow, make, and care for, we consume less and live in greater balance with the planet.
Heather Seevers is a dedicated crafter with a BFA from the University of Kansas and over 18 years of experience in the fiber arts including sewing, knitting, cross-stitching, weaving, and spinning. Heather is also a cross-stitch and knit designer whose designs draw upon her own idiosyncratic fashion sensibilities and pop culture for their inspiration. As co-owner and instructor at Northwest Yarns in downtown Bellingham, she enjoys participating the Northwest’s slow fashion movement and supporting our growing regional community of both brand-new and experienced crafters.
We invite you to bring any clothing you would like to mend or alter in some way. Come and learn a new skill, help others, and perhaps create a brand new piece out of something old. We encourage you to mend your clothes instead of buying new. Don’t give up on your old garments-they can be made new again!
Join us Friday, November 30 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Wilson Library 270.
For more information or disability accommodations, please contact Lauren at OSConservation@wwu.edu or (360) 650-4924.
Sweater Days is a campaign for energy conservation, as well as an awareness and action campaign for social, environmental, and health issues related to the manufacture and consumption of fashion and textiles. Sweater Days lasts from November 1st to December 22nd, during the times you can wear a sweater to conserve energy. Sweater Days Programs and events combine creativity and activism with awareness of energy conservation and the fashion industry.
Join us for Sweater Days events this Fall.
Sustainability is warm, functional, fun, and in style!