May132018

Special event

Past Event

A workshop presented as part of the zero waste installation Sink or Swim by Colin Meredith.

From 1 PM to 4 PM

Free admission, reservations mandatory

Where: Space D (4th floor)

As part of the Phi Centre’s Sink or Swim zero waste installation, we’re inviting the public to attend a special DIY workshop.

By 2050, the weight of plastic in the ocean will match the weight of its fish. To reflect upon the future of the planet and our environment, the Phi Centre invites the public to create something meaningful from waste. Each participant is requested to bring regular plastic bags to this initiative, and will be guided through the process of making a water resistant, sturdy, reusable, and personalized tote bag using plastic's inherent properties. Participants will be provided with simple bag patterns and DIY plastic fusing techniques to transform the old grocery and shopping bags into useful creations.

The workshop will be animated by the Phi Centre team. Note that the workshop will be bilingual. Please bring your own iron.

Sink or Swim

For a few years now, adidas Parley have been raising awareness about the need to radically change how we produce and consume goods. They’ve led by example, using recycled plastic from the oceans to create sneakers and clothing, and literally spinning a problem into a solution.

In order to celebrate adidas Parley's initiative, local artist and designer Colin Meredith, in association with OTH Boutique, have created Sink or Swim, a zero waste installation and capsule collection. This installation is consisted of a range of nautical vests fashioned from recycled plastic — challenging how we think about producing clothing at a time where our oceans are polluted with critical levels of plastic.

The collection includes two T-shirts, two crewnecks, a track pant and a tote bag. The bag is made from reversed fabric, designed to show wear and tear, while the pant was created by Colin just for Sink or Swim. The installation will feature 4 vests, created using various plastics and single-use bottles collected from customers at the OTH Boutique.

Not only are the vests serviceable, but they also tout a distinct aesthetic thanks to the use of recycled plastic. In fashion, utility is important, but so are aesthetics. What Colin has shown with Sink or Swim is that it’s possible to create visually interesting pieces while using recycled plastics. There are no more excuses.

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