Local arts group ArtsConnect and Douglas College are working together to present Swaporamarama. This fabulous free event will run from 11am-4pm on Saturday, March 13 in the Main Atrium of Douglas College’s David Lam Campus in Coquitlam [map].

Swaporamarama invites participants to swap and re-make old clothes. You bring a bag full of clothing that you don’t want anymore and trade it for some items that you do, then you get to work creating. There will be materials, equipment and experienced help on hand as you decorate, sew, silkscreen or paint your new creations.

Swaporamarama is a non-profit organization that started in the US. The event’s founder, Wendy Tremayne, believes that our culture is too involved in consuming and not involved enough in creating and re-creating. Swaporamarama is a chance to step outside that consumerist model. It taps into the DIY, green and frugal trends, and adds a fun, fashionable and social twist.

Thanks to the generosity of event sponsors there will be a silkscreening machine, sewing machines, textiles, notions, scissors, seam rippers, buttons, paints, brushes and more. There will also be experienced quilters on hand to help with sewing and artful advice. Or, if you know your way around a sewing machine, the organizers would love to hear from you.

There will be a red carpet where you can model your new creations, if that’s your thing, comparing “before” and “after looks” and offering inspiration to others. But mostly, there will just be a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of people working together to create a great event. Organizers are hoping to see 500 people of all ages and abilities show up and take part. The point is to have fun, experiment, learn and create. Previous Swaporamarama events in cities all across North America have garnered rave reviews, so come out and see what all the fuss is about!

For more information, or to offer your help, contact ArtsConnect at 604.931.8255 or info@artsconnect.ca.

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