EFWA Workshops


Workshop Schedule (descriptions below) – 20 spaces only, pre-registration required.


10.00am – 1.00pm 1.30pm – 4.30pm

23rd Nov

Wage War on Waste (with your needle) with Marie Mitchell Re-purpose those pesky plastic bags

with Marie Mitchell


24th Nov


Workshop with Jude Taylor



25th No


A Change of Clothes Upcycling workshop with Jane Milburn



26th Nov

Clothing Repair

with Mariana Kirova

Batik Workshop

with Merdi Sihombing

A Special Thank you goes out to our volunteer Artists and Designers; Marie Mitchell, Jude Taylor, Jane Milburn, Mariana Kirova, and Merdi Sihombing.

Workshop Descriptions –

Wage War on Waste (with your needle)  – (3 Hour Repair Café Workshop) – Marie Mitchell –  Register HERE

Not many people make the effort to mend their clothes anymore because clothes are inexpensive and easy to replace. If you want to keep your clothes that need only minimal repair from ending up in landfill, learn the basic skills required to fix the most basic clothing repairs. Repair Cafes are popping up all over the world in an effort to save money & reduce waste in our society. Be part of the first Perth Repair Café, bring along a garment or two requiring basic repairs such missing button or drawstring, split seam or ripped hem, small hole or snag. Discuss repair options with Marie Mitchell and no-sew techniques will be shown where possible. If you have scissors, thread and needle bring those along, there will be a small resource fee payable to Marie on the day.

Re-purpose those pesky plastic bags – (3 Hour Recycling Workshop) – Marie Mitchell – Register HERE

Everywhere we shop, our purchases are placed in disposable plastic bags. Believe it or not these bags are used for only 12 minutes on average, before being thrown out where they become an environmental hazard for thousands of years. The billions that are disposed of every year kill wildlife, damage the land and oceans. Join Marie Mitchell for a demonstration of some of the ways to re-purpose plastic bags into useful household items including padded mailing envelopes, clutch purses and lampshades and how to save money at the same time! Bring along 8 – 10 plastic shopping bags from the grocery, clothing store or other shops, some bubble wrap and your imagination.

Create Your Own Repeat Pattern – (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Printing Workshop) – Jude Taylor – Register HERE (Please note cost)

Sick of  mass produced clothing?Create something that reflects your unique character,and wear it with pride.

In this one day workshop you will learn how to create a  repeat pattern from one of your favourite images,if you don’t have an image don’t worry you can create one on the day. We will  then cut out a lino cut block,with this repeat pattern image,ink it up and print onto fabric or paper.Bring along any clothing you have that needs a lift and we will print directly onto it,a fun, creative  and exciting day for all, no previous experience necessary.

Cost $150 – all material to create block print supplied. Please bring your own clothing/fabric

You can either bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the venue – Taylors Cafe.

A change of clothes – (3 Hour Upcycling Workshop) – Jane Milburn – Register HERE

Few people make their own clothes these days because global supply chains produce commercial options that are cheap and affordable. If you want to stay engaged in the making process – and reduce clothing waste – then transforming existing clothing to suit ourselves is one way to do that. Join our conversation about a different style of making with a ‘show and tell’ session by upcycler Jane Milburn. Bring along a few garments you are holding on to yet not wearing in their existing form (dated style, too big, too small, or damaged), we brainstorm upcycling options then make changes within the timeframe using scissors and hand-stitching. Alternatively bring several old cotton t-shirts and we show you how to transform them into eco-products.

Clothing Repair Workshop – (3 Hour Mending Workshop) – Mariana Kirova – Register HERE

By offering cheap prices, today’s fashion unfortunately also offers very low quality clothing. That makes extending the life of your good quality wardrobe pieces a priceless alternative at your fingertips.

Clothing repair is easier than you think; a fun and very satisfying way to prolong enjoying your favourite wardrobe pieces for years. We will use hand sewing and discuss traditional and more creative mending techniques, with or without sewing, by adding or replacing. Local clothing upcycler Mariana Kirova will be happy to take you on the journey and to give hands-on advice on the pieces of clothing you bring.

Take on the opportunity of this free session and get insights on how to fix and repair clothing by using simple materials and you will be surprised how much money you can save for yourself and your family.

Bring along:

  • Couple of clothes in need of a new button, a hem, repairs to the seams, with a whole or in any other need of repair
  • Any materials you think will be useful to do the repair, such as pieces of clothing/fabric, a zipper head to put back on a zipper, thread, yarn or else.
  • Some materials such as needles, thread, some fabric pieces and scissors will be available on site.

Batik Workshop with Merdi Sihombing (3 Hours Workshop) – Register HERE

Coming Soon!

Presenter Bios – 

Jane Milburn

Sustainability consultant Jane Milburn is at the cutting edge of a slow clothing movement in Australia, after earlier work in journalism and rural communications. Having trained as an agricultural scientist, Jane’s long-standing interest in natural fibres led her to establish Textile Beat in 2013 as a conversation about ethical ways of dressing that are good for ourselves, society and the planet. Through presentations and workshops, Jane’s goal is to inspire a more sustainable clothing culture. She is RIRDC Rural Women’s Award 2010 Queensland runner-up, Rural Press Club of Queensland past-president and a Fashion Revolution Australia committee member. For more information please visit her website at www.textilebeat.com.

Marie Mitchell

Marie Mitchell is a Perth based fibre artist with a strong background in teaching and workshop facilitation. Specialising in textile and design at the University of British Columbia and Ontario College of Art, Marie was privileged to study with well-known Canadian textile artists Joanna Staniszkis and William Hodge. Delighting in the tactile nature of fibre, her work explores current issues and the beauty of the world around her both natural and man-made. Predominant techniques currently used include applique, hand and machine embellishments, hand dying and painting. Her work has been juried into the 2017 ‘Stitched and Bound’ exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda, and shown at the 2017 ‘Quilting as an Art Form’ exhibition at Central Park Tower, Perth. She won Viewer’s Choice for the Contemporary Quilt Group ‘Door Challenge’ at QuiltWest in 2016. Marie’s current works seek to understand and empathise with the experiences of refugees travelling to Australia. She is very excited to be part of Eco Fashion Week Australia as she believes we have a responsibility as global citizens to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Facebook www.facebook.com/Marie-MacLachlan-Mitchell-Artist-1342049095909469/. Email – marie.mitchell.art@gmail.com

Mariana Kirova

Having a formal training in fashion design with some local experience in bridal industry and alterations, today Mariana is committed to inspire others in reworking and upcycling clothes already in circulation. Focused on helping others with sewing and re-styling, while looking for the best way to reaching out people, in 2015 Mariana created EcoFashionSewing.com as a creative hub for DIY makers and clothing enthusiasts. Recognised for her skills in garment construction in her fashion studies, Mariana knows quality finish. And her easy-to-follow tutorials help others to achieve that too. Also available on the website is her free e-Guide covering design essentials and discussing upcycling methods you can apply when reworking your wardrobe.

Mariana is thrilled to find out the interest of our local community for a better, sustainable life – by reducing waste and going natural and organic, by reusing, repairing and repurposing in a unique creative way. The fabulous EFWA event proves we are concerned and passionate about that.

After showcasing her upcycled collection, made especially for the EFWA’s runway, Mariana will be looking at offering more inspiration, tutorials and workshops, locally and online. Get in touch or sign in to keep posted through her website EcoFashionSewing.com.

Jude Taylor

Jude Taylor is a highly collected Western Australian artist with a body of work spanning nearly three decades,She is renowned for her striking hand-coloured linocut prints,which are represented in private and institutional art collections throughout Australia.After creating repeat patterns of wildflowers in 2008,Jude branched out into textile production and created a line of homewards and clothing.

The  fabric used in the Jude Taylor clothing and homewares collections are natural fibre fabrics which are screenprinted by hand in small runs in Ubud, Bali.  We have a close relationship with the producers of our products from screen production to screen printing to sewing. The businesses we deal with are small family enterprises who have no means to access Fair Trade certification due to the overheads involved.  Instead of relying on certification, Jude has been involved in all levels of production of the fabric and knows the premises, work conditions and artisanal practices of the workshops. Through these personal relationships we can be sure that we are producing products in an ethical manner that recognises the artisanship involved in their production.   Website – https://judetaylor.com/

Anne Williams

Anne Williams is a textile and fibre artist and teacher who loves exploring the possibilities of simple textile techniques.