Upcycling Clothes Workshop

Free Sustainable Living Workshops

In order to celebrate the World Environment Day 2017, The Box Athens organizes a series of free workshops aiming to promote easy ways which everyone of us can easily incorporate to our everyday lives in order to reduce our ecological footprint.
By accepting the famous saying that the best way to change the world is by changing ourselves, it is easy to realize that there are, in fact, dozens of actions and initiatives we can adopt in order to improve our city. Several of those actions, from urban cycling and the use of public transport to zero food wasting and continuous reforestation are already promoted on a daily basis through public and private organizations, thus emphasizing the importance of private initiative when it comes to creating more sustainable and human-centric cities.
This is why, we chose two less promoted but equally interesting subjects for the wokshops we created for June 2-5. These subjects not only constitute a path towards a more ecofriendly way of life, they also boost our creativity and benefit our everyday lives directly.
Friday , June 2:  11.00 – 14.30 – Crochet Workshop

Friday, June 2: 18:00 – 21.30 –  Texturing Workshop:  Changing a garment’s texture and design

Σάββατο 3 Ιουνίου  – Clothes Remodeling Workshop – 11.00 – 14.30  and 16.00 – 19.00


Is there an “afterlife” for our clothes?

Yes there is and it can help us renew our wardrobe and fuel our imagination. Contrary to clothes recycling – where most of the times clothes end up in the landfill via a more “eco-friendly” way (through recycle bins) – clothes upcycling shows us how we can make good use of an old, worn garment in order to create a new one which has its own identity.

This way we can produce less waste, we save energy and water by contributing to textile production reduction and, more importantly, we use our creativity and imagination so we can make “unique creations” showing our own personal style.

During this series of workshops we will learn simple ways and techniques through which we can upcycle clothes without the use of special equipment (such as a sewing machine) or any advanced sewing skills.



Friday, June 2:  11.00 – 14.30

Crochet Workshop (15 participants maximum)

Crochet craft provides us with an easy and elegant way to create beautiful finishings and straps for old clothes we wish to repurpose and unique accessories such as necklaces, scarves, etc. If you have a couple of worn and torn t-shirts these is no need to throw them away. You can cut the fabric into strands and by interlocking the different coloured strands you can ass refreshing touches to another shirt or summer dress.

During the workshop we will practice two types of crochet techniques in various applications. All the materials needed will be provided to you at the Box Venue. The only thing you need to bring along is a garment of your choice and your imagination.


Friday, June 2 – 18:00-21:30

Texturing Workshop: Changing a garment’s texture and design

Do you have an unflattering loose t-shirt? A marked or stained shirt you no longer wear? Time to reinvent them!

Texturing techniques help us redesign our clothes by working with the already existing fabric. By creating folds, fringes or patterns on top of the damaged area, we can transform our old t-shirt into a modern blouse.

During this 3-hour workshop we will explore two or three simple texturing techniques and learn how to do exactly that.

(15 participants maximum. Bring along one or two loose shirts you wish to redesign)


Saturday, June 3 – Clothes remodelling workshop

11:00 – 14:30 and 16:00 – 19:00 (there will be a 90 minutes lunch break)

Have you ever thought that an old t-shirt could become a summer dress? An old hoodie could become a casual handbag?

This is the idea behind old clothes remodelling: We completely change the identity of a garment, giving it a new use and, hence, a new life.

(15 participants maximum. Bring along a couple of shirts, blouses, or dresses you wish to remodel.)


About the lecturer:

Constance Pyut is a designer and the founder of Sleek & Proud multi-functional clothing brand. She studied fashion design and architecture at Arnhem School of Fine Arts and has a degree of fashion design from HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

She lives and works in Greece since 1999 and has designed costumes for theatre (“Joan of Arc”, Splish Splash Theatre Group) and music shows (flamenco costumes for Playground Studio and costumes for Subrosa Modern Dance Group).

Her work is characterized by multifunctional clothes which can be worn in different ways and have many functions. She finds inspiration in architecture and the freedom that the transformation of her designs allows her.

You can find more information about her work at:

www.sleekandproud.com      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sleekandproud/


City, Ecology