When discussing ways to combat the growing impacts of climate change, it is often said that ‘while the problems are global, the solutions are local.’ For Kyoto-based, French-born designer Clementine Sandler, the eco-friendly up-cycling of Japanese textiles draws upon many ‘local’ experiences from around the world, to help tackle a global problem.
In addition to creating her own distinctive designs and custom orders for her accessories brand Mikan, Clementine runs workshops that show how to transform offcuts into centerpieces. She explains, ‘I believe that if people experience the making process of transforming something old into an object as beautiful as one they could buy, they will undeniably consider consumption and waste differently.’
During the frenzy of Melbourne Fashion Week, Clementine will return to Melbourne to conduct classes at The Social Studio, a not-for-profit enterprise in Collingwood on September 7th and 8th. (Following the success of last year’s workshops, we suggest getting in quickly and booking asap). Clementine highlights that Melbourne Fashion Week is ‘the best time of the year to celebrate a more “human side” of fashion, and bring sustainable practices to light.’
To sign up for Clementine’s up-cycling workshops at The Social Studio, click through here.