The slow clothing revolution arrived at Taree Literary Institute on Wednesday, September 12, bringing with it every natural fibre, colour and creative twist under the sun.
Sustainability consultant, Jane Milburn presented her new book, ‘Slow Clothing’, and shared many of her colourful creations with the crowd.
“This project is a narrative about dressing for health and well being, rather than for fashion or status,” Jane explained.
“Over time I found myself beginning to work to the values of others, and I wanted to realign that way of living to work to my own values”
Jane explained the project had, in a way, become a rebellion against the ideals of fashion in keeping up, being new, passive consumption and shopping for entertainment.
“It’s a wholistic approach,” she said.
“People are so driven by fashion, but what is fashion, and how can it ever be sustainable when it is ever-changing?”
Jane’s slow clothing creations feature a dedication to natural fibres and reinventing old clothes.
“A lot of new fashion is made from synthetic materials, and only 10 per cent of clothes sold in Australia are made here,” she said, “the idea is have a few items of quality that are locally made.
“There’s also a lot of problem solving, creating features from mistakes, you just have to start where you are, use what you have and do what you can.”
The Forster book launch will be held at Forster Arts and Craft Centre on Thursday, September 13 from 10.30-11.30am, followed by a workshop from 1-4pm.
Attendance at the Forster book launch is free, while tickets for the workshops can be purchased here for $20 each.