Discover style workshops with an unusual twist in St Kilda

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Join local artists, fashion designers and creatives for an afternoon of workshops to be held in St Kilda as part of Melbourne’s 2013 Sustainable Living Festival this month.  Learn how to transform would be waste into stylish artefacts.  Facilitators will include Sofie Grossjean of who will be teaching her printing and fused-plastic techniques for re-vamping old clothes and fabrics.  The event will be hosted by Transition Port Phillip and will include several workshops such as bead making, re-styling garments, plastic yarns and weaving, and making puppets from PET plastic bottles and other discarded single-use materials and flowers from recycled fabrics.

“Our throw-away lifestyle is creating a huge environmental problem in our oceans and lands, with responsibility and creativity we can do something about it”, says Patricia Acuña, a local blogger ( and artist who specialises in plastic re-purposing and up-cycling and will be facilitating at the event.

Transition Port Phillip’s event, Life Beyond Single Use, aims to highlight the variety of plastics and other waste items that are produced to simply be used once then discarded, while at the same time showcasing creative solutions to transform this trash into treasure.  Transition Port Phillip is a local environmental group actively working to inspire and enhance community connectedness and sustainable living’

Sessions will be held from 12-4pm on Saturday 23 February at the Port Phillip Eco Centre (55a Blessington Street, St Kilda) and will be suitable for all ages and creative abilities.  Online booking is essential email for enquiries.  Please bring an old t-shirt on the day if possible.

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