In my weekly column for the Donegal News newspaper and on my Facebook page I regularly write about different D.I.Y tips for home décor, gift ideas as well as sharing fashion and accessories inspirations for you to try at home. Fashion is something I have always been passionate about since a young age and I love how fashion can be used as a means of self expression.
For years I have been up-cycling and reinventing my own clothes and accessories. I find up-cycling and creating very self satisfying and relaxing. If anyone tuned into the Darren Kennedy’s new fashion TV show on RTE2 called #TRENDING on Thursday night ( If you missed it watch it here: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10344372/ ) you would have heard me mention that “Im a MAGPIE!!!!”Yes I know, Cringe!!! But this is actually very true in my case! I absolutely love jewellery and accessories and I love their ability to change and transform an outfit. I am a big fan of statement pieces and have a massive collection of statement necklaces. Over the past two years I have designed and made several statement D.I.Y neckpieces which you can see here:
During the summer months I had the idea of setting up D.I.Y fashion workshops for adults. I had loads of girls emailing me asking how I had made something that I had featured on my Facebook page or if I would ever run something like this for adults in the future. I am a secondary school art teacher and teach art, craft and design to teenagers on a daily basis so I figured teaching adults would be a pleasure, especially if they came to my class of their own free will!!! As well as teaching teens, since 2008 I have been successfully running my own arts and crafts summer workshop for kids called ‘CreativeKIDZ Art Camp’ so I have experience running creative workshop and I felt confident about setting up a successful workshop for adults.
Some photos of the room yesterday in the Town Hall, Ramelton, Co.Donegal where I ran my first DIY Fashion workshop.
The girls getting creative and inventive with their garments at the workshop…
All very focused in this pic!!!
The girls also reinvented their old winter jumpers and cardigans by adding embellishment. They added lace, pearls, beads, jewels, bows, flowers to brighten up their pieces and this was done by a combination on sewing and gluing. I particularly loved watching the design process when they were laying the beads on the clothes to see what worked best. Everyone had their own sense of style and ideas and they had the opportunity to be as creative and inventive as they liked. Some of the girls admitted that this was the very first time they had tried anything like this and said that they really enjoyed it and would definitely be making adjustments to their accessories and clothing in the future.
At the workshop the girls also transformed their old clutch bags and made the most stunning little brooches which are very versatile and they can add to their winter coats, hats and plain clutch bags!
For the workshop I had a table set up with various little treats and refreshment’s that the girls could nibble on while creating……
It really was a fantastic day and girls gave me some very positive feedback about my workshop. I am delighted that it was a success and I will definitely be running more D.I.Y workshops in the future. I was also asked to run a Christmas jumper D.I.Y workshop, which I think would be such a fun event but I sadly am pushed for time with my exhibition coming in in January in Cork! But next year I will definitely have to run one.
If you missed my workshop in Donegal and want to try something like this I am running my next workshop in Co.Sligo in Inion Veigh craft shop and art gallery, Co. Sligo on Saturday 22nd of November with Sligo creative Elaine Leydon (see my column in the Donegal news newspaper below to read all about Elaine).
I have a few places left so get in contact to make a booking – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to everyone who attended my very first D.I.Y Fashion Styling workshop on Saturday. It was lovely to meet you all & I hope to see you at future workshops.