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SUPER SEAMSTERS WEEK 7 | Upcycle Adventure!


SUPER SEAMSTERS (AGE 6-8)

TOY & GAME DESIGNER

DATES: M-F June 29-August 2
AGE: 6-8 / Entering grades 1-3
LEVEL: Beginners + Improvers
MAX ENROLLMENT: 8
COST: $295 half day

UPCYCLE ACCESSORIES | Morning 9am-12pm

For a super FUN, kinda crazy, really messy, totally creative, out of the box camp week we’re LAYING IT ALL ON THE TABLE….literally!

When campers arrive in the morning they will find a massive pile of clothing in the center of the room and inspiration samples and mood boards on the walls. Each camper will be given a sketch pad, pencil, and a simple challenge…make something spectacular!

The Rules

  • Each camper may choose up to 5 large and 5 small pieces of recycled materials from the pile to use in their design

  • Campers may use unlimited fabric from the scrap bin.

  • All hardware must be reused from the pile EXCEPT grommets (those can be new).

  • Buttons must be reused from the recycled button bin

  • Hand sewing and machine sewing must be incorporated into every project produced

  • Finished projects must be sturdy and usable! This means collaborating with instructors during the design process to ensure sturdy construction techniques are applied.

  • Throughout the week campers may trade UNCUT materials with their peers or back into the pile for another piece.

  • Sharing or splitting pieces from the pile is allowed but counts as one piece for each camper.

  • Campers who exhibit unkind behavior toward their peers while sifting through the pile or trading will forfeit one piece of their stash.

Once all stashes have been collected each camper will choose 2 more pieces to make a simple bag for holding their stash for the week. Campers new to sewing will use this as an opportunity to learn how to use the sewing machine. More experienced campers can get as creative as they wish with their bag.

Once the bag is finished construction of the main project can begin. We have templates and dressforms for draping if campers choose to use them during the design process but they don’t have to. Partnering on projects is allowed and collaboration is encouraged. This isn’t a competition, it’s an adventure!

Awesome new ideas or techniques aren’t proprietary during this week, but to keep it fair, the originator of an innovative idea or technique that is incorporated into other designers work will be credited at the fashion show and in our end of summer photo book and web gallery.

We are SEW excited for this week! We can’t wait to see what kind of amazing creations come to life. We hope every participant walks away with a sense of artistic wonder, appreciation of community, and hope for the planet!

Wondering exactly what this is all about? Read on…


What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. As opposed to… Recycling which takes the original items and breaks them down in factories to produce similar or different items.

Why Upcycle?

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

1. SAVE MATERIALS FROM LANDFILL
2. REDUCE WHAT GOES INTO LANDFILL
3. MINIMAL USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES

SOCIAL & ECONOMIC BENEFITS

1. CELEBRATE ARTISANAL WORK AND OLD SCHOOL CRAFTSMANSHIP
2. SUPPORT LOCAL AND RURAL INDUSTRY
3. REDUCE MANUFACTURING COSTS

PERSONAL BENEFITS OF UPCYCLING

1. DO YOUR BIT FOR MOTHER NATURE
2. LEARN CRAFTY REPAIR SKILLS (FEELS GOOD!)
3. MAKE ONE-OF-A-KIND ITEMS


PLEASE NOTE: All camps are 5 days , Monday through Friday. We do not pro-rate for missed days and we do not do make-ups for summer camp. If you know your child will not be able to attend the full session let us know ahead of time and we can choose projects appropriately so they can finish during the week.

For additional information see our camp FAQ’s below