Compton Care and the University of Wolverhampton have entered into a partnership to form a brand-new ethical fashion project called ‘Remade in Wolves’.
The partnership will see university students, studying for Fashion and Textile degrees in the University’s Wolverhampton School of Art, attending a series of workshops from the 21st to 23rd September and then visiting Compton Care’s flagship Retail Plus store in the city centre to practise the new skills they have learnt. The workshops will focus on raising awareness of ethical fashion, such as upcycling and fast fashion, in addition to styling.
In dedicated ‘upcycle’ sessions on the Tuesday and Wednesday, members of the public will be able to drop in to Retail Plus with any material or piece of fabric between 10am and 4pm, which the students will turn into a bespoke bag for the supporter to take away.
Students will also be taking part in a styling workshop, dressing mannequins in the windows of the large retail store, in addition to an education session on ‘fast fashion’ – looking at how to reduce waste created by the mass production of cheap clothing. It is hoped that this will be turned into a monthly event where students collect rags from Compton to be made into pieces which can be sold in Compton shops.
Aaron Smith, Area Manager at Compton Care, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the University of Wolverhampton on this exciting new project with their design students. It’s a great opportunity for members of the public to get involved too, helping us to care for the environment while also raising much-needed funds for Compton Care and receiving their own bespoke creation to take home.”
Jo Bloodworth, Senior Lecturer in Fashion at the University of Wolverhampton said, “We are thrilled to be working with Compton Care to launch a series of projects and workshops that will be ongoing with the Wolverhampton School of Art and Fashion and Textiles department. We hope that together we can explore creative solutions to work with donated textile waste and give new life to clothing, rags and furniture to support this fantastic charity. This week we will be starting with a production workshop creating practical bags from discarded denim and cotton garments. Our final year Fashion students and alumni will be running the workshop with support from our academics and technical department and re-worked pieces will be made and put straight on the shop floor to be sold for Compton Care. Come along to see what we are working on and find out more about what we do on our BA (HONS) Fashion degree.
For more information on our Retail Plus shop, visit our Shops page.