Binge Festival - Visible Mending
Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

Binge Festival - Visible Mending

  • The Fashion Lab, 4th floor Commercial Union House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In today's world it is easier than ever to purchase new clothing when our old ones get damaged, but what if we were to embrace and adapt to the changes in our clothing, creating a wardrobe full of stories and unique detailing? In this one-hour session as part of the Binge Festival, you will learn the skills to transform your moth-eaten wares into beautifully decorated garments that are completely original and personal to you!

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Binge Festival - Fashion Revisited
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Binge Festival - Fashion Revisited

  • B&D Studios, 3rd floor Commercial Union House, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With an estimated £140 million worth of clothing ending up in landfill each year here in the UK, many of them still wearable or recyclable, what can we do collectively to address this issue? Join The Fashion Lab in conjunction with Orbis and B&D Studios for a showcase that demonstrates the value and creativity of second-hand clothing, featuring reworked and pre-loved fashion by sustainable fashion brands Melanie Kyles and Trendlistr. ‘Fashion Revisited’ is part of Binge Festival, a festival organised by TryLife in association with The International Film Awards that aims to celebrate creative talent both regionally and internationally.

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Zodiac Hoop Art
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Zodiac Hoop Art

The mysterious and often beautiful symbolism of astrology has long been inspiration for artists and designers. Collections by the likes of Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Valentino have all featured embroidered elements such as constellations, moon phases and horoscope symbols over recent years. Join contemporary embroidery artist Melanie Kyles to embroider your own zodiac hoop-art, learning key hand-embroidery techniques and creating a gorgeous starry embroidery piece to take home.

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Floral Monogram Embroidery
Oct
5
10:30 AM10:30

Floral Monogram Embroidery

  • The Fashion Lab, 4th floor Commercial Union House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Embroidered florals are classic for a reason. From intricate silk shading of the Orient, to the Mexican blooms donned by Frida Kahlo, to traditional English garden scattered florals, they are a stunning way of personalising your wardrobe and home and will work hard throughout the seasons! In this class, you’ll be taught a series of floral and leafy crewelwork stitches, which you can then apply to a simple monogram design.

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Boro-Inspired Visible Mending
Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

Boro-Inspired Visible Mending

  • The Fashion Lab, 4th floor Commercial Union House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bring your worn out denim (or any other medium-heavy woven fabric) along to this workshop that explores the Japanese art of visible mending. The Japanese art of Boro not only mends, but also embraces imperfections and adds to the stories of our clothing, a heritage craft that ties in so well with todays conversations on slow fashion and sustainability!

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Introduction to Machine Sewing
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Perfect for beginners, this popular class will gently ease you into learning how to machine stitch (either on your own machine or one from The Fashion Lab), and you will leave the session feeling more confident on the tools you'll need, how to set up and thread your machine, how to stitch efficiently and how to create a seam.

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Introduction to Machine Sewing
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Perfect for beginners, this popular class will gently ease you into learning how to machine stitch (either on your own machine or one from The Fashion Lab), and you will leave the session feeling more confident on the tools you'll need, how to set up and thread your machine, how to stitch efficiently and how to create a seam.

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Heritage Open Day - The Fashion Lab
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Heritage Open Day - The Fashion Lab

Ever wondered what lies behind the doors of Commercial Union House, one of the few remaining Brutalist office buildings in Newcastle that also happens to be home to a huge variety of artists, creative businesses, galleries, charities and learning groups? For this year's 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days, there will be an exclusive tour of the building including The Fashion Lab at Ampersand Inventions, as well as a talk by We are Explore patron John Grundy, 'Concrete Dreams: Brutalism and the North East'.

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Sustainable Fashion: READy OR NOT Meet-up
Jul
23
6:00 PM18:00

Sustainable Fashion: READy OR NOT Meet-up

Whether you’re an eco-fashionista, or completely new to Ethical Fashion - you’re welcome to join us at our READy or NOT monthly meet-up group held at the cosy communal area of Ampersand Inventions! Grab a cup of tea and engage with the latest articles and conversations surrounding fashion, sustainability, and progressions being made in the industry.

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Boro Visible Mending
Jun
29
10:30 AM10:30

Boro Visible Mending

Bring your worn out denim (or any other medium-heavy woven fabric) along to this workshop that explores the Japanese art of visible mending. The Japanese art of Boro not only mends, but also embraces imperfections and adds to the stories of our clothing, a heritage craft that ties in so well with todays conversations on slow fashion and sustainability!

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Floral Monogram Embroidery
Jun
22
10:30 AM10:30

Floral Monogram Embroidery

Learn a range of floral embroidery techniques whilst creating your very own personalised hoop in this exciting new class! Florals never date and are are great way of customising your wardrobe or home. Crewelwork is a popular embroidery technique due to its accessibility and versatility, and can be seen in current fashion, social media and craftivism trends.

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Introduction to Machine Sewing
Jun
15
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Perfect for beginners, this popular class will gently ease you into learning how to machine stitch (either on your own machine or one from The Fashion Lab), and you will leave the session feeling more confident on the tools you'll need, how to set up and thread your machine, how to stitch efficiently and how to create a seam.

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Seabed Stitches
May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Seabed Stitches

Due to popular demand, a brand new embroidery class for those looking to turn things up a notch! Learn a mixture of beginner and intermediate stitches to build up richly textured seascape embroidery, with 3D needlework that leaps from the fabric (otherwise known as 'stump work').

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Introduction to Machine Sewing
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Perfect for beginners, this popular class will gently ease you into learning how to machine stitch (either on your own machine or one from The Fashion Lab), and you will leave the session feeling more confident on the tools you'll need, how to set up and thread your machine, how to stitch efficiently and how to create a seam.

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The Late Shows
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Late Shows

The Late Shows is a free late-night culture crawl taking place in NewcastleGateshead over the weekend of Friday 17 - Saturday 18 May 2019. During The Late Shows, museums, galleries, studio collectives and landmark historical buildings come together to offer visitors one-off events including hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances and parties. It's all about encouraging people to do something cultural with their evening in celebration of the national event Museums at Night.

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'Worth It' by Women of Tyneside
May
15
5:00 PM17:00

'Worth It' by Women of Tyneside

‘Worth It’ focuses on a collective textile work created by a diverse group of women in a series of workshops exploring and expressing their experiences of being a woman on Tyneside today, using the theme of ‘Body Image and Identity’. The exhibition is presented as part of the Festival of Women, produced by the Women of Tyneside project.

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Floral Monogram Embroidery
May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Floral Monogram Embroidery

Learn a range of floral embroidery techniques and beginners monogramming whilst creating your very own personalised hoop in this exciting new class! Celebrating the Chelsea Flower Show and perfect for stepping into Summer, florals never date and are are great way of customising your wardrobe or home.

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Abstract Embellishment - All That Glitters
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Abstract Embellishment - All That Glitters

A brand new class for those with magpie tendencies! Learn how to professionally hand-embellish an abstract design and create visually stunning textures that play with light and form. You will be encouraged to be creative and think outside of the box (with guidance so you're not thrown in at the deep end!) With a vast range of beads and sequins to choose from, the possibilities are endless!

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Northern Sustainable Fashion Revolution
Apr
24
to Apr 28

Northern Sustainable Fashion Revolution

  • Commercial Union House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Organised by contemporary embroidery artist Melanie Kyles and ethical clothing brand Uncaptive, the five-day festival combines ethics, craftsmanship, education and sustainability within the fashion industry. The event will begin at the central hub of culture and creativity in Commercial Union House, leading up to a finale catwalk in the luxurious ‘Strawberry Thief’ suite of Beeronomy. An exciting line-up of events and interactive installations aim to raise awareness of fashion practices, the effects of fast fashion, and progressions being made through technological innovations and creative solutions. Guests will have the opportunity to partake in hands-on activities, learn from local industry professionals and academics, and explore the future of fashion in a more conscious era.

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Introduction to Machine Sewing
Apr
13
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Perfect for beginners, this popular class will gently ease you into learning how to machine stitch (either on your own machine or one from The Fashion Lab), and you will leave the session feeling more confident on the tools you'll need, how to set up and thread your machine, how to stitch efficiently and how to create a seam.

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Zodiac Embroidered Brooch
Apr
6
12:30 PM12:30

Zodiac Embroidered Brooch

Calling all Cosmo Queens! The mysterious and often beautiful symbolism of astrology has long been inspiration for artists and designers. In this class, you will be taken through the steps to produce your very own embroidered horoscope pin badge/patch based on an original illustration. Choose from a selection of over 100 shades of quality Egyptian Cotton embroidery thread and various shades of British wool felt, and make it all your own!

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Introduction to Machine Sewing
Mar
23
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Perfect for beginners, this popular class will gently ease you into learning how to machine stitch (either on your own machine or one from The Fashion Lab), and you will leave the session feeling more confident on the tools you'll need, how to set up and thread your machine, how to stitch efficiently and how to create a seam.

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Sustainable Fashion: READy OR NOT Meet-up
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Sustainable Fashion: READy OR NOT Meet-up

Whether you’re an eco-fashionista, or completely new to Ethical Fashion - you’re welcome to join us at our READy or NOT monthly meet-up group held at the cosy communal area of Ampersand Inventions! Grab a cup of tea and engage with the latest articles and conversations surrounding fashion, sustainability, and progressions being made in the industry.

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'Seabed Stitches' with We Are Explore
Feb
16
10:30 AM10:30

'Seabed Stitches' with We Are Explore

Learn a range of textural crewelwork and stumpwork techniques in this nautical themed embroidery class. You will be taught each stitch step by step, to enable you to build up your own original textile artwork featuring textural barnacles, sea foliage and sea shells, whilst learning about the history of sewing at sea.

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Women of Tyneside - Body Image and Identity Pt.2
Feb
7
10:30 AM10:30

Women of Tyneside - Body Image and Identity Pt.2

  • The Fashion Lab, 4th Floor Commercial Union House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of the ‘Women of Tyneside’ programme for TWAM (Tyne & Wear Archive Museums), this practical workshop follows on from a ‘Body and Identity’ session, where local women were invited to look through the TWAM fashion and costume archives, and discuss how they experience and express their physical identity throughout their lifetimes. The second part of these sessions will be held in The Fashion Lab, where women will be invited to help create textile pieces that represent themselves and women in the wider local community. The final works will be exhibited as part of Women of Tyneside’s ‘Festival of Women’, before being added to the archives.

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Women of Tyneside - Body Image and Identity Pt.2
Jan
31
10:30 AM10:30

Women of Tyneside - Body Image and Identity Pt.2

  • The Fashion Lab, 4th Floor Commercial Union House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of the ‘Women of Tyneside’ programme for TWAM (Tyne & Wear Archive Museums), this practical workshop follows on from a ‘Body and Identity’ session, where local women were invited to look through the TWAM fashion and costume archives, and discuss how they experience and express their physical identity throughout their lifetimes. The second part of these sessions will be held in The Fashion Lab, where women will be invited to help create textile pieces that represent themselves and women in the wider local community. The final works will be exhibited as part of Women of Tyneside’s ‘Festival of Women’, before being added to the archives.

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Women of Tyneside - Body Image and Identity Pt.2
Jan
24
10:30 AM10:30

Women of Tyneside - Body Image and Identity Pt.2

  • The Fashion Lab, 4th Floor Commercial Union House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of the ‘Women of Tyneside’ programme for TWAM (Tyne & Wear Archive Museums), this practical workshop follows on from a ‘Body and Identity’ session, where local women were invited to look through the TWAM fashion and costume archives, and discuss how they experience and express their physical identity throughout their lifetimes. The second part of these sessions will be held in The Fashion Lab, where women will be invited to help create textile pieces that represent themselves and women in the wider local community. The final works will be exhibited as part of Women of Tyneside’s ‘Festival of Women’, before being added to the archives.

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Women of Tyneside - Body Image and Identity Pt.2
Jan
17
10:30 AM10:30

Women of Tyneside - Body Image and Identity Pt.2

  • The Fashion Lab, 4th Floor Commercial Union House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of the ‘Women of Tyneside’ programme for TWAM (Tyne & Wear Archive Museums), this practical workshop follows on from a ‘Body and Identity’ session, where local women were invited to look through the TWAM fashion and costume archives, and discuss how they experience and express their physical identity throughout their lifetimes. The second part of these sessions will be held in The Fashion Lab, where women will be invited to help create textile pieces that represent themselves and women in the wider local community. The final works will be exhibited as part of Women of Tyneside’s ‘Festival of Women’, before being added to the archives.

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Introduction to Machine Sewing
Jan
15
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Perfect for beginners, this popular class will gently ease you into learning how to machine stitch (either on your own machine or one from The Fashion Lab), and you will leave the session feeling more confident on the tools you'll need, how to set up and thread your machine, how to stitch efficiently and how to create a seam.

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Introduction to Machine Sewing
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Machine Sewing

Perfect for beginners, this popular class will gently ease you into learning how to machine stitch (either on your own machine or one from The Fashion Lab), and you will leave the session feeling more confident on the tools you'll need, how to set up and thread your machine, how to stitch efficiently and how to create a seam.

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