In this 4 hour workshop, you will learn about the sustainable design technique called upcycling and transform your no longer needed jeans into your beloved travel companion. A backpack is truly a Berlin essential item within your wardrobe and fits perfectly the city vibe. Create your unique bag design with us or join in with your friends for a crafty afternoon. These backpacks are timeless pieces and can serve as a perfect unisex handmade gift for a special occasion.
During the workshop you will learn:
- How to develop an upcycling mindset
- To work within the boundaries of jeans
- Backpack pattern designing
- Basic sewing skills (no previous knowledge of sewing required)
- Creation of a personalized backpack
Materials required: Bring along 1 or 2 jeans you would like to up-cycle, the rest will be provided by Berlin Sewing Salon. If your jean size is XS or S, please think in terms of bringing two pairs to have enough fabric to work with. In case you do not own currently any unused jeans, check out second-hand shops in your area or ask around your circle of friends. Look for jeans with slight faults such as a button missing or with holes, or jeans that might not get the chance to be worn again.
About the teacher:
Nikolett Madai is a circular design strategist from Hungary. She moved to Denmark in 2012 to study Design and Business with an elective of fashion and experimental design. The interest to specialize in sustainability afterward brought her to Berlin to Akademie Mode & Design for a master’s degree in Sustainability in Fashion two years ago. In 2019 she pursued further her thesis project as Dyeluxe to create food by-product dyes and won the Green Concept Awards. She has an academic mindset and a desire to pass on knowledge. She facilitated open house workshops for prospective students and Greenpeace and was a fashion design teaching assistant in Denmark where she taught her BA thesis on innovative zero-waste pattern making.