Stitch Kitchen are this years recipients of Dunedin City Council’s Te Ao Tūroa Environment Envoy Commission, presenting a new community project: 4KT Elephants to transform some of the city’s textile and clothing scraps into 4,000 cute soft toy elephants. Each elephant representing a tonne of textiles received by our local landfill in the last year.
Makers may keep their individually-numbered elephant, or donate them to local children’s charities Tedz4Kidz. Some elephants will also be available to buy, for those who would like to adopt these custom upcycled creations.
Experienced sewers will be available to help, so no prior experience is needed for those who would like to make an elephant. Visitors are welcome to bring their own (freshly laundered) garments or fabrics to use for making their elephant - excellent for sentimental items you cannot bare to throw away, or for items which need some radical inspiration to fulfill their potential.
Groups from businesses, organisations and schools are welcome to book in and create their own mini herd of elephants. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The pop-up will be in the heart of Dunedin's main retail area, with 343 George Street offered for the project thanks to Dunedin Dream Brokerage. As well as practical sewing facilities, the bright and colourful space will feature information and tips about how to reduce textile waste through everyday choices, from buying only what is needed, to caring for and repairing clothes, and responsible donating to second-hand shops.
This event is made possible through funding from Dunedin City Council, as part of 2019 Te Au Tūroa Environment Strategy, and Dunedin Dream Brokerage. Thank you!