Dynamic 2019 fabric program launches in flamboyant style
  • Thursday 11 April 2019
heidi middleton, fabric

Get into a creative groove this year with Sunshine Coast Council’s 2019 fabric – Slow Fashion, Artful Living program.

Celebrating the rich talents of Sunshine Coast artisans and designers, fabric brings art and sustainability together in a curated program of design and artful lifestyle activities.

The program will launch in flamboyant style on April 15 at Big Screen Cinema in Caloundra with a free screening of Iris [M] - a documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel. Tickets are free but places are limited so make sure you book quickly, and be sure to dress brightly.

The launch will kick off an eight month program of workshops covering hands-on fabric dyeing, crafted jewellery printing, weaving, make a lampshade, a botanical high tea, author talks, lunches, an op-shop ramble and styling session, wearable art, professional development and more.

Book in and connect with some of the world’s leading fashion influencers, and learn from national and international experts and change-makers including Sass & Bide co-founder Heidi Middleton, who will share the story behind her new slow-fashion initiative, Artclub, and Natalie Isaacs, founder of 1 Million Women, who will share her story of the 600,000 women strong (and counting) global lifestyle revolution movement.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the Sunshine Coast was increasingly able to attract and support a local textile and fashion industry that also had a strong understanding of the value placed on conscious design, handmade and sustainable production.

“This is the second year of our fabric program, and the variety of events on offer provide a great opportunity for the community to get involved, be better informed or simply inspired with new knowledge, bringing to life our healthy, smart, creative vision,” Cr Baberowski said.

fabric is a collaborative initiative that provides important visibility to our dynamic local design industry while also inviting the community to go on a creative journey and meet the talented local makers.”

When it comes to lifestyle, Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said there were many ways we could embrace small positive changes in everyday living.

“There are a range of events throughout the fabric program that provide fun and practical opportunities to equip yourselves with new skills and creative lifestyle hacks,” Cr McKay said.

Check out the full program. Bookings open Monday, April 15.

The fabric program is supported by council’s Regional Arts Development Fund and the Sunshine Coast Council Living Smart program.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Image: Courtesy of Heidi Middleton, Artclub