Temasek Shophouse & Post-Museum have partnered up to bring awareness to the growing issue of fashion waste with the second edition of the Renew Earth Sweat Shop. In this second edition the organisers want to tackle Singapore’s enormous problem of fashion waste with over 131000 tonnes of waste produced in 2020 through upcycling. Their hope is to galvanise a community to confront the issue of fashion waste by creating micro-community spaces for people to gather to learn to sew and upcycle together. They quickly amassed over 200kg of fashion waste from swap shops thrift stores and green movements to put towards a different and meaningful purpose.
Renew Earth Sweat Shop is a community and participatory art project reacting to the environmental impact and labour conditions linked to the global fashion industry. The 4-month programme started with the Ideation Workshops in May that was conducted online due to COVID-19 restrictions. More than 80 people gathered virtually and in small groups to bring new ideas for their individual community and potentially commercially viable upcycling projects towards a showcase at the Temasek Shophouse from 30 August to 30 September.
The Renew Earth Sweat Shop will be presenting the works of the participants at the Temasek Shophouse from 30 August to 30 September. Industrial Repair workshops will be conducted from 12 – 2pm and 2.30 – 4.30pm on 11, 12, 25, and 26 September. Daily Collective Patch work sessions are also available. These workshops are free and open to the public by prior registration only. Visitors to the showcase can try their hand at weaving using an industrial sewing machine or participate in the community sorting house. Some of the items may also be for sale.
Register for the workshops here: https://bit.ly/3gvy0Td