A clothing store with a difference. Artist Vanessa Crowe (Moodbank), designer Jennifer Whitty and Space Between, a social enterprise for fashion, upcycle fabrics for new migrants with textile excess from uniforms no longer in use. Vanessa and Jennifer are combining forces to explore how clothing can be re-purposed, and how the sharing of skills, stories and experience through the conduit of clothing/ textiles can drive an alternate model that turns our ideas about shopping for clothes on their head.
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Sharemart will grow out of a collaboration with members of the Porirua refugee community. This initiative aims to upcycle remnants of our corporate consumer system while also providing a place to celebrate the diversity of people who live in Porirua.
Sharemart will open shop in a vacant commercial space within the central city. From this space standardised corporate uniforms will be transformed to meet the needs of the community and convey a sense of people and place. Skills, stories and the results of making,mending and repurposing of clothes will be the basis of the service where creations are produced to enact a cultural social exchange rather than amonetary one.
Jennifer Whitty is a sustainable design educator, researcher, designer, facilitator, writer and activist. Originally from Ireland, she teaches and practices at Massey University’s School of Design. She is the founder of Space Between a social enterprise for fashion at the College of Creative Arts which is based on the distinct but complimentary approaches: to design with the current waste stream from industry but to ultimately ‘design out’ the waste from industry and design in closed loop solutions. Space Between exploring alternatives to mass-produced high-waste clothing, and creating ethical business opportunities for new designers. She is focused on developing new green business models and systems for alternative ecologies of fashion practice, which are connected to and have an impact on society. She strongly believes in the positive aspects that fashion can impart to both the individual and to our culture. Jennifer is involved in taking action to harness this power and to catalyse change in the current system by developing alternative roles for the fashion designer through activism and social innovation.
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