Themis and Thread designer Jesse Junko Beardslee will be leading a dyeing workshop Wednesday August 7th at Hector Handmade from 6-7 in Hector, New York highlighting some favorite safe and natural dye stuffs like onion skins. All supplies will be provided for you to create a unique piece of wearable art. Organic Cotton bandanas will be available along with a work book to take home for your own experimenting.
Bandanas will be pre treated and the natural dye baths will already be prepared. All of the information you need to practice this skill will be available in a convenient package you can take home and do yourself anytime. This class will be taught casually outdoors on the 100 acre Lilly Family Farm on 414 at the Gift Shop and Gallery, Hector Handmade. The dye baths will be hot, and safety will be simple, but caution and care should be taken.
Shibori, bundle and tie dyeing techniques will be taught as well as how to use flower petals, coffee grounds and onion skins for home dyeing. All supplies included as well as take home information and of course your new textile art for $35 when you pay in person to reserve your spot at Hector Handmade before Wednesday August 7th. $37 when you pay online with a credit card.
We had an incredibly successful Denim Drive! Many thanks to all contributors! After sorting, counting and packing we diverted over HALF A TON of unwanted denim from the landfill! 765 pieces have been shipped to Blue Jeans Go Green's recycling center in Arizona. Blue Jeans Go Green does not cover shipping costs, so we are still seeking sponsorship partners to share in the the recycling campaign press. Any little bit helps, so please consider making any size donation you can afford to help with this recycling effort. There were many more pieces of good denim which were donated but not 90-100% cotton which were donated to Thrifty Shopper, a part of the Rescue Mission benefiting homeless shelters in New York State.
We're joining forces with Habitat for Humanity and the Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program to offer a solution for unwanted denim. A Finger Lakes Denim Drive will kick off on Earth Day for this recycling effort. Even ripped or stained denim of all colors and styles doesn't have to (and never should) get thrown out. Through the Blue Jeans Go Green™ program, the unwanted denim is recycled into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. The insulation is distributed to community-oriented building projects across the country, including many Habitat for Humanity affiliates – often in areas impacted by natural disaster.
During Fashion Revolution Week (April 22-28) activists all over the world remember the historic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh on the anniversary of the worlds most horrific garment industry accident. During this week of awareness we invite you to join us, recognizing the beginning and end of our clothes' life cycle is often marred with injustices to people and the planet. Keeping denim out of landfills and putting it towards a sustainable building material is one way we can all help solve these complex problems.
Help us recycle 2,000 pieces of unwanted denim (90-100% cotton only) – which is the approximate amount of jeans it takes to insulate an average U.S. sized house. There will be drop off locations throughout The Finger Lakes, including Habitat for Humanity's Restore in Corning and Hector Handmade in Hector from April 22 - 28. It's going to cost a lot to ship all that denim to the recycling facility, so join us at Corning's ReStore Friday April 26th at 5 for a fundraiser party!
Blue Jeans Go GreenTM is a trademark of Cotton Incorporated. UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation is a trademark of Bonded Logic, Inc. *Based on a house with 2,635 square feet.
Every year we come up something big to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza Factory Collapse in Dhaka Bangladesh (on April 24, 2013 over 1,000 garment workers were killed and over 2,000 were injured) with a Fashion Revolution Week campaign. This year we're addressing the end of life cycle of fashion with a Denim Drive, acknowledging we all need to consider where our fashion came from, as well as where it goes when we're done with it.