"Blue Jean Sisters Project" Make a Doll Workshop, Sat April 13 PM

Blue Jean Sisters’ is a project by artist Belinda Smith that raises awareness on human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the fashion industry. Make dolls to  contribute to the project. Materials provided. Basic sewing skills required. T and Cs apply.

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1pm - 3pm, Saturday April 13th 2019

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This is a free event but you must book to secure your place. You will be guided through the process by the artist.  If you can not make it to a workshop event there is the option of having the pattern sent to you and making it at home.

This project is one of six artist and social enterprise collaborations for A Fierce Hope, the keynote exhibition for Brisbane’s newest art and cultural hub - Adderton: house & heart of mercy, opening in August 2019.

At this workshop you will make a small denim doll that will be a part of the 'Blue Jean Sisters' project, an art installation highlighting human rights in the fashion industry. Modern Slavery effects 40 million people globally and women and girls make up over 70% of those effected. The goal for the installation is to make 2000 dolls, individually handmade. While made from the same pattern and material, every doll will have its own variations in colour and workmanship - each will be individual. The collection of dolls will be installed as a group, allowing the viewer to see the overall quantity as well as observe the individual variations. If you can not make it to a workshop event there is the option of having the pattern sent to you and making it at home.

It is hoped that people share this project and reflect on the decisions they make about the clothes they wear and how, and by who they are made.

Why Denim + Doll:

The rag-doll is a simple object made for a child by resourceful women out of scraps and rags around the home. Historically it is soft and familiar, made with well used textiles no longer useful. Children project living qualities on to their doll- a friend, confidant, someone to care for - reenacting the mothering, friendship and care they receive from family onto the doll.  A rag-doll is a symbol of innocence - it marks the time in a child’s life when they are loved and safe. It is used in this project as a symbol of the innocence lost for so many girls in the world.

Denim is a textile connected to the every day. Indigo dyed and hard wearing, the history of denim jeans is first linked to working clothes and then became a symbol of disobedience worn by jail inmates. Over the last few decades jeans have become a staple fashion item of clothing for any wardrobe. Today the demand for denim jeans has meant that the industry has become an exploiter of human labour and environmentally destructive. Outland Denim was founded to change that - using the high demand for jeans to forge social change.

The final project will be a part of A Fierce Hope, the keynote exhibition for Brisbane’s newest art and cultural hub Adderton: house & heart of mercy, opening in August 2019.

When: Saturday April 13th 1pm - 3pm
Where: Biome Collective, at our Paddington store, 2 Latrobe Tce, Brisbane, QLD.  Bus route from the city. Car parking behind our building.
Cost: This is a free event.

Inclusions: All materials will be provided.

Limited spaces, so bookings are essential! All bookings must be made here online.  Please add only this product to your cart.

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• any loss, damage, or theft incurred to personal property on the premises where the workshop or event is held; and

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CANCELLATION & REFUNDS

Should you cancel prior to 7 working days before the workshop, you will be refunded in full.

Cancellations 7 or less working days before the event will not be refunded, but you are welcome to transfer the place to somebody else.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop and refund your money in full if we do not reach the minimum number of 8 persons booked for the workshop

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