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Sydney Design 2010

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The Sewing Room is delivering workshops at Sydney Design 2010. The design festival runs for 16 days from Saturday 31 July to Sunday 15 August. The program is produced by the Powerhouse Museum in partnership with more than 50 cultural institutions, organisations and individuals across Sydney. The program looks amazing with more than 70 events.

The ‘tell us a story’ theme will reveal the many captivating stories behind design ideas, objects and processes. It will invite participants to create meaningful conversations with others around design, and enable people to connect with design on a more personal level.

The Powerhouse is holding a major exhibition called ‘Creating the look’ this exhibition draws on the highly successful partnership between photographer Bruno Benini and stylist Hazel Benini from 1950 to 2000. And explores the creative processes involved in styling, crafting and designing powerful eye-catching fashion photographs.

Don’t forget to drop into the designer markets. Young Blood: designers market showcases emerging Australian designers and designboom mart features the young, avant-garde of international design. Visitors can meet and buy direct from designers at both evening (Friday only) and daytime markets from 13-15 August.

The youngest of designers will take part in a Kids Design Weekend from 31 July-1 August. Weekend highlights include the first paper plane academy; a pop-up book workshop; a children’s storytelling museum tour; paper doll fashion design in Frock stars: inside Australian Fashion Week; and a fashion photography collage workshop linked to Creating the look: Benini and fashion photography.

The Sewing Room will be delivery “ The Felt my Tote workshop’  How to refashion a woolen knit jumper from an op-shop into a fabulous tote bag on 11am – 3pm, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August (two-day workshop) at the Powerhouse Museum.

From Vinnies to designer chic! Bring along an old woollen jumper – from an op shop or from home – and re-fashion it into a gorgeous tote bag. Using the ancient process of felting, the old jumper will be deconstructed and reborn as a brand new accessory. Let your imagination run wild as you cut, fold, sew and appliqué your tote bag, stamping it with your own personality. All you need to bring is an old woollen knit jumper or woollen garment; all other sewing equipment and materials will be supplied.

The following workshops will be in the bright and busy The Sewing Room .

Whether a beginner or an expert, these sewing workshops will inspire you to push the boundaries of your creativity. Expand your existing techniques or try something completely new at these fun and educational events. With beading, embroidery, pleating, t-shirts, fashion design and illustration on offer, there’s plenty of choice. Nimble fingers and an open mind can lead to all kinds of beautiful outcomes.

Tambour Beading:
Saturday 14 August, 10am-4pm

Fashion Design & Colour Theory:
Sunday 1 August, 11am-4pm & Friday 13 August, 10am-2.30pm

Fashion Illustration:
Saturday 31 July, 10am-4pm

Introductory Embroidery Stitches & Beading Techniques:
Saturday 7 August, 10am-4pm & Wednesday 4 August, 10am-4pm

Pleating In Fashion:
Wednesday 4 August, 10am-3pm & Sunday 8 August, 11am-4pm

Chic T-Shirt Manipulations:
Friday 6 August, 11am-4pm & Sunday 14 August, 11am-4pm
$ 150

To book, please call Penelope Leonard on 0432 688 536 or email

The Sustainable Fashion & Manufacturing Forum 10th June 2010 6pm

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 Bronwyn Darlington at the Sewing Room

Thank you to everyone who registered their interest for an evening with Bronwyn Darlington. The response was incredible, it was exciting to see that so many people are passionate about sustainable fashion. I can forsee that this will be one of many forums to be held at The Sewing Room.

Bronwyn provides advice to textile and clothing or other companies on creating ethical and sustainable clothing lines including supply chain design and advice and certifications such as Fair Trade, Carbon Neutral, Carbon offset, Organic Ethical Clothing Australia (formerly ‘No Sweatshop’) and Australian Made.
Bronwyn Darlington, (B.A., M.A) has worked extensively in fashion manufacturing. This has been in both internal and consulting capacities with sustainability as a core focus. Her presentation at this forum will be a consideration of how we can apply social, environmental and cultural benefits to the fashion and textile industry. In addition to setting up Darlington Consulting, she was founder of Rise Up Productions and until recently served as a member of the Australian Government’s Textile Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industry Innovation Council.
This evening would be of interest to Designers, Manufacturers and anyone interested in the ethical manufacturing of clothing.
The schedule
Best to arrive between 5.30 and 6.15pm with Bronwyns talks to begin at 6.30pm and to conclude at 8pm to allow for the opportunity to participate in general discussion. The Forum fee is $45 per person.

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 6th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Higher Learning Conference 17th & 18th June The Ivy Sunroom

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The Sewing Room and the Fashion and Textile Gallery are proud to support a new fashion seminar in Sydney, Higher Learning.

Higher Learning will be delivering the inner workings of all aspects of the fashion industry. It will be an opportunity to get access to practical information to help you succeed in one of the most competitive industries in the world.

During this 2 day conference on the 17th and 18th of June at the ivy sunroom, you will learn from some of the most successful people in the fashion industry about design, buying, marketing, public relations, fashion week, online, creative strategy, investment and more!

The speakers are representing companies including General Pants Co., Romance Was Born, Friedrich Grey, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, Sweaty Betty, Merivale, Le Black Book, Ogilvy, RUSSH Magazine and Design Crowd. In addition the event will be hosted by acclaimed fashion commentator Glynis Traill-Nash.

To view the full list of speakers and event details go to

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 3rd, 2010 at 11:53 am

Posted in Events, News

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea for the Cancer Council

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untitled-105240946Wednesday 26th May 10am to 11.30am

May is Morning Tea time. So tea up your friends and workmates to come down to the Sewing Room @ The Fashion & Textile Gallery on Wednesday 26th May to help tip the balance in the fight against cancer. It will be just like one of our fabulous classes with all the fun, laughter and you know how much I love a good story. So come along, have a chat and bring your lastest creative project for show and tell. You’ll be making a difference, because every cup counts.

No need to book just pop in, see you then.

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 7th, 2010 at 12:52 am

Posted in Cancer Support, Events

The ArtyBra Exhibition 23rd April – 10th May

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The Fashion and Textile Gallery has on displayed the ArtyBra collection from the 23rd April – 10th May. More then a hundred gorgeous, colourful, wonderful, fantastic works of ArtyBra have been created to raise money for Blue Mountains Cancer Help.

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Come in and have a look at the truely amazing handy work that has gone on.
Fifteen of bras are on “silent” auctioned at the gallery.
On Saturday 29th May the bras will be auctioned at a Cocktail party at The Carrington from 5.30-7pm. Tickets $25.00 from hotel reception, bookings essential.

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Written by Penelope Leonard

May 1st, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Posted in Cancer Support, Events