Fashion Sense Meets Up-Cycling

College News and Communications
Friday, 08 November 2019 11:15

Sense Fashion
Credit: L-R Jodie Pritchard & Debbie Mills from Sense present project to fashion students

South & City College Birmingham Fashion students are working in partnership with the charity Sense, to create garments that will grace the catwalk of a fashion show charity fundraiser in February.

Sense is a charity that supports people who have complex disabilities, including deafblindness, to communicate and experience the world.

As part of a wider sustainability project, the charity will provide unsaleable items and broken jewellery from their charity shops, for students to deconstruct and make into resalable items. All items created will be auctioned during the fundraiser.

Not only are Sense providing materials, they are also offering 60 volunteer work placements at any of their Midland shops, for all levels of learners.

Debbie Mills, manager of the Sense charity shop in Shirley said, “The joint project between South & City College and Sense has such an important role to play in teaching people that you can up-cycle your old clothes. This will in turn help to save our planet.

“The students have been amazingly supportive and are really getting behind this project. We are looking forward to seeing the finished garments, and how they will incorporate a sensory feel for those that are visually impaired. We have been amazed with how the students have been keen to get involved with our charity and the compassion they had when we told them about who we help. So thank you and can’t wait to see the end results.”

Fashion & Textiles lecturer Carmen Burkett added, “The Fashion students are excited about up-cycling the donated clothing, as it is a worldwide trend to be more sustainable. The visits from the Jodie & Debbie from Sense have been informative and have made the learners more socially aware.”

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