Sunday 9 October 2022, Online Workshop, Transforming Denim Jackets with Karen Lukacs
19:00 - 21:00 BST (British Summer Time)
Online workshop, hosted on Zoom by Karen Lukacs
Karen Lukacs is a textile designer, maker and slow fashion pioneer with over 20 years of upcycling expertise. Inspired by the processes of fabric disassembly and reconstruction, she produces wearable pieces of art that bring cast-off textiles back to life. From her studio in the Sonoran Desert, Karen advocates for design as a solution to the negative excesses of fast fashion.
Driven by a hierarchical, zero-waste ethos, Karen begins her denim collection with one-of-a-kind jackets created from discarded denim jeans. Construction remnants are then collaged and transformed into bags and pillows, a demonstration of technical skills in tandem with artistry. She sees her work - this transformation of the old, scarred and unwanted - as modern heirlooms with new stories yet to unfold.
Outline of the workshop
This workshop is designed to take you through the process of transforming a simple denim jacket into your own signature statement garment - your modern heirloom. Karen shares design inspiration and technical tips from her experimentations in deconstructing denim and attaching layers. She demystifies the pattern process and easy ways to skillfully attach your embellishments.
By workshop’s end, you’ll know how to finish and care for your one-of-a-kind, transformed jacket.
Level of experience required
This workshop is about process from design to finished garment. It is accessible to those curious about transforming an existing garment into a signature one-of-a-kind. Machine sewing skills allow for project completion, but for those uncomfortable with machine or hand stitching, consider that the finish sewing could be contracted out.
Materials (not provided)
For the workshop, you will need the following tools and materials. You are encouraged to use what you already have - to upcycle, recycle and reuse.
- Unlined trucker jacket or similar garment from your wardrobe
- Lightweight 2-sided fusible web (recommended: Pellon #EZ2L212 EZ Steam II Lite Two-Sided Fusible)
- Scissors (both fabric and paper)
- Seam ripper
- Pattern paper (any lightweight paper that you can lay onto the jacket and draw your pattern)
freezer paper works well.
- Fabric glue
- Pins substantial enough to go through the layers of fabric
- Textile embellishments: this is an important part of the experience. Bring what catches your fancy, what speaks to you and of you. Remnants, t-shirt graphics, trims, stitchwork, beading, garments for lining…endless possibilities. Considering employing your own handwork samples. Options are endless,
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The workshop will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders after the event. Please allow 7 working days for the recording to be sent to you.
Workshop Cancellation Policy
All places are non-refundable. However, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will offer a credit note.
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact the events team, firstname.lastname@example.org.