Horizon's Guide to Slow Fashion, Artful Living

Fabric is an initiaitve of the Sunshine Coast Council that celebrates the rich talents of Sunshine Coast artisans and designers, bringing art and sustainability together in an exciting new program of activities. We've hand-picked some of our favourite creative workshops, author talks, events and professional development opportunities sure to inspire.



1. Heidi Middleton Designer Talk

In collaboration with The Refinery, join Heidi Middleton in conversation. Heidi will share her alternative vision of fast fashion. She will take you on her journey from co-founder of Sass and Bide to moving to France and returning to redefine what a small, sustainable, creative fashion business can look like today. Channelling her passion for art and fashion, ARTCLUB combines Heidi's original works, remnant fabrics and vintage fashion. In this Sydney atelier limited edition pieces are designed and made. The pieces are to be loved, shared, swapped, repaired and passed onto another pair of loving hands.

Details: 30 May | Mooloolaba


2. Colours of Tanawha

Come and explore the Maroochy Bushland Botanical Garden with Anne Harris. Learn the art of foraging and natural dyeing on cloth. In this introductory session you will learn how to experiment and find plants that are suitable for dyeing cloth. There will be a demonstration with colours that celebrate the local landscape. 

Details: 21 May | Tanawha


3. Spring into Sustainability - A Changemakers Lunch

Join Natalie Isaacs and other Sunshine Coast business leaders and change makers. Come and connect, be inspired and join the conversation. In Every Woman’s Guide to Saving the Planet, Natalie shares her journey from climate bystander to international campaigner. Now the founder and CEO of the globally recognised climate action organisation 1 Million Women, Natalie shares her tips and insight into making a difference. Come and join us as we celebrate spring with a delicious locavore lunch and connect with change makers from the Sunshine Coast and beyond. Drink on arrival and two course lunch included.

Details: 2 October | Bokarina


4. Minimalism - Documentary Screening

How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavours of minimalism. It takes the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life - families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker - all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less. Stay around for a chat with local minimalist Carly Willoughby-Rolls and friends.

Details: 16 October | Nambour


5. Indigo Shibori Sampler

In this workshop you will be instructed in the art of stitched shibori and natural indigo dyeing. Your unique design will be stitched on hand woven, organic cotton. It will then be dyed in indigo to create the contrast. After adorning the embroidered hand-stitching and framing in an embroidery hoop your art piece will be ready to add a pop of drama to your home.

Details: 9 June | Eudlo


6. Developing Wearable Art Workshop

Explore the endless possibilities for sculpting unexpected materials such as paper, plastics and items from nature to create stunning wearable art entries. You will be under the tutelage of previous Australian Wearable Art finalists Yanni van Zjil and Larissa Salton, and festival curator Wendy Roe. Guest judge, designer Cindy Vogels will give a morning introduction on what the judges are looking for! A free, inspirational hands on workshop and shared lunch to wrap up National Recycling Week.

Details: 17 November | Eumundi


7. Raranga (Weaving) Workshop

Connect with nature and get creative while using traditional New Zealand Maori weaving techniques to explore this amazing plant and fibre. Alice will teach you the traditional techniques of weaving with New Zealand harakeke (flax) and you will explore the processes, traditions, Tikanga (protocols) around weaving as well as how to nuture the plant and how to harvest sustainably.

Details: 15 September | Flaxton


To browse the entire program, head to the Fabric: Slow Fashion, Artful Living website.

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