Rebecca Wood is on a mission to combat fast fashion and celebrate the power of upcycling old clothes and recycled materials.
Bodmin may not be known as one of the fashion capitals of Kernow but it is certainly celebrated for its well-stocked charity shops, full of new and preloved high street bargains.
Rebecca Wood, who is driven by her enthusiasm for community and sustainability has worked hard to raise funds to offer the people of Bodmin a series of free sustainable fashion workshops.
Rebecca told Bodmin Life, “I am not from an affluent background and I believe my lifestyle reflects how many others live in Bodmin. I don’t have the disposable income to follow the latest fashion and buy new and so I have always reinvented my older items.”
She continued, “I felt I would upcycle more if I could develop those skills. I wondered how many others felt the same and so I wanted to facilitate the sharing of those skills and knowledge to positively impact the environment and the community.”
Thanks to the support of FEAST Cornwall, intoBodmin, The Bodmin Lions, Plastic Free Bodmin, Discovering 42, the charity shops of Bodmin and individual supporters from the community, Rebecca’s dream of accessible upcycling sessions have become a reality.
The FREE workshops will take place every Tuesday for 12 weeks from March between 5pm-7pm at Shop 14 (next to Oggy Oggy). Bring your own items to upcycle or use the free materials and clothing items that have been kindly donated to the project.
The workshops will host creative professionals specialising in various skills including embroidery, natural dyeing, patchwork, sewing machine skills and more.
Rebecca hopes to develop this project to conclude in a fashion show in June that celebrates local creativity, sustainability and community.
These workshops are suitable for ages 12-102. All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.