Top 10 Best Upcycling classes, courses, learnings kits and gifts in the UK

Breathe new life into your old clothing and furniture by building your upcycling skills. Learn how to revamp wooden furniture from cabinet doors, bookcases, chairs, desks, side tables and many more. Beginner upcycling workshops don’t stop at renovating furniture! Learn how to revive vintage fashion by restoring your favourite clothing. Engage your creativity, become enlightened to new materials and cherish your belongings with upcycling workshops.

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3. Upcycling Furniture with Expert Tuition
During this one week furniture upcycling course you will learn how to do several projects with step by step video instructions and personal guidance from expert upholsterer and author Juliette Goggin. You will learn how to use decoupage to transform anything from an old jewellery box to a chest of drawers with ordenance survey maps or botanical illustrations. You will learn to recover a drop-in seat chair to transform a piece of second hand furniture. Lastly you will learn how to create designer vintage cushions. Your tutor Juliette is an author and broadcaster and is on hand to answer all your queries and help with your own project throughout the week. If you frequent auctions, second hand shops, car boots fairs and street markets, you'll know how inexpensive good second hand furniture can be. With this in mind you will learn a few projects you can tackle to bring some upcycled furniture into your home. Juliette has a career in product design and development, where she worked with fashion designers such as Cath Kidston and Julien Macdonald, who helped Juliette to understand and appreciate both the creative and the manufacturing process. This in turn led Juliette to create her own fragranced gift and home collection, Juliette at Home, which reflected her love of all things recycled and vintage. It became a great success with independent retailers and department stores who loved the upcycled cake stands and candles in repurposed cups and vintage glassware. It also gave Juliette the excuse to spend a lot of time scouring carboot fairs and second hand shops in search of all manner of things that she could repurpose into my own quirky range. Juliette was thrilled to be asked to take part in Super Scrimpers on Channel 4 where she shared this love of crafting with the show’s participants, whilst also giving lots of money saving tips. At the same time Juliette also co wrote her first book, Junk Genius, with her talented friend Stacy Sirk. The book featured endless ideas for repurposing everyday objects and encouraged anyone with a creative flair to have a go at lots of simple, step by step crafting projects in their home.
5. Custom Screen print / with Mona Cordes
Mona Cordes is a German, London based Fashion Print designer. Cordes graduated from her Masters from Kingston School of Art in 2020. Her work embodies the physical expressions of multi-colored kaleidoscopic visions. With the help of statements and boldness through graphics and choice of themes, she is voicing political and ecological messages. Her brand is working towards a social sustainable business model, locally produced in London by only herself. Mona Cordes offers sustainable high end garments, for any gender and calls for community coherence and her work thrives through storytelling using themes of obscurity and rebellion. Mona works freelance with 3rd rail and doing other printing and seam-stressing work. Mona Cordes is leading this Silk-Screen Printing workshop and will show you how unused and unloved garments can be turned into your favourite piece in your wardrobe. The day will start with a small introduction about her brand, how she works and how she’s been running the brand since starting after university and followed by a description into silk screen printing. Mona will also have a selection of garments with her from her recent collection ‘CELLUSION’ launched in February with London Fashion Week. Mona will provide 4 different screens with her signature prints like her demons / trolls or the devil hearts or from her recent collection ‘CELLUSION’. Work-shoppers can then print their chosen garment! You will be shown how to mix up your colour and can choose a colour that you like. There will be groups for each silk screen design. If there is time we will be able to add another colour for your print. You will also be shown options for pigments and binders and how they can work on different kind of garments. You will be taking care of washing screens and drying process and shown little tips and tricks for printing ~ we will finally fix your personal garment and get some pictures of the print crew in your new pieces! You will leave the workshop with the knowledge of garment up-cycling through silk screen printing. The workshop is suitable for anyone, you don’t need to have printed ever before, anyone can do it and learn so much in just one day.
Next available date:10th July 2022

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