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Patchworkers

Atelier de revalorisation textile et insertion sociale

À propos du projet

ENGLISH VERSION

Patchworkers is project for the local production of new clothes made from upcycled textile waste, in collaboration with workers from Emmaüs. We will experiment and create in our new and well equipped studio, and present a collection of new pieces, the result of this collective effort, in September 2020.

 

How to systematically upcycle our textile waste?

Considering this environmental issue as an opportunity to create social bond, to gather around a common task, how to design a production process integrating this social aspect?

It is from these questions that the project Patchworkers stemmed, with the idea to establish collaborations between designers and social and economical reinsertion organizations, to work collectively on upcycling textile resources, and thus transforming waste into new marketable garments.

We consider the activity of upcycling textile as a craft – a practice made of various and often traditional knowledge, and the wish to organize those movements into systems that can be repeated, perfected, and transmitted –. In this context, the production system (experimental and participative) questions aspects such as confidence, pleasure in labor, sense of community, and seeks to support workers’ development of their professional and relational resources, away from pressures related to the job market.

 

A quoi va servir le financement ?

Thanks to your contribution, we’ll be able to:

* Finance the regular and attentive technical support of workers in reinsertion during sewing and upcycling workshops, for the production of new garments.
* Pay for the rent of industrial sewing machines.
* Partly finance the acquisition of an industrial ironing machine.

 

À propos du porteur de projet

Zoé Nehlig, Project manager and designer.

Zoé Nehlig holds 2 master degrees, in visual arts and in textile design. She studied at La Cambre, in Brussels, and in the Kolding Design School in Denmark, she also followed an apprenticeship in traditional textile dyeing techniques in Japan.

She worked in collaboration with a Danish non-for-profit social economical enterprise on the question of upcycling textile as a participative and creative activity as well as a support system towards social reintegration.

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