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ScrapFest Refashion Show

A Showcase of Repurposed Clothing

Spartan Upcycle is excited to collaborate with ScrapFest organizers and Seams Sewing & Mercantile to host the Refashion Show on Friday, July 12, 2024, at 7 p.m. on the ScrapFest main stage in Old Town, Lansing. ScrapFest is a repurpose-focused art festival featuring a sculpture competition of upcycled metal artwork made by teams of artists from around the world. 

Staying true to the theme of reuse, the Refashion Show is a showcase of upcycled garments that celebrates textile reuse and the local makers, menders and creative thrifters that are reimagining unwanted clothing and scrap material to fashion unique pieces by hand. 

The event is not a competition and anyone can participate! Participants will get to show their upcycled garment(s) or accessory as part of the runway show. To join the fun and show your refashioned piece, please sign up in advance so we are prepared to tell the crowd about it! For additional details and to sign up see the participant information form

This aspect of ScrapFest highlights how creative reuse can help divert textiles from landfills! As such, accessories or garments should be around 80% reused/reclaimed materials. (This does not have to be an entire outfit, but if you're showing a hat or jacket, 80% of that item should be made of repurposed material.)

Open Craft days focused on Textile Upcycling

Leading up to the show, Spartan Upcycle is hosting three drop-in Open Craft sessions focused on Textile Upcycling, scheduled for Friday June 7, 14, and 28, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Surplus & Recycling. These free events are open to the community and are a great place to get started or continue working on refashioning unwanted clothing or other discarded textiles. 

These sessions are suitable for people who want to participate in the Refashion Show, as well as those not participating in the show. Anyone with an interest in altering unwanted clothing is welcome to attend. 

A handful of projects will be suggested as possible reuse projects, including simple ways to alter clothes and ways to make non-apparel items. Some will include sewing while others involve no-sew methods such as painting, stamping, tieing knots, and gluing. We will help you get started and offer assistance, but these Open Craft days are more self-directed rather than a workshop/class environment. 

You're encouraged to bring an item of clothing to alter, but we also have a supply of secondhand clothing available for repurposing. 

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