Shop as resource and value created through recycling trash to treasures

This upcycling project by public works demonstrates how, with very little material resource, one can upcycle low value objects into higher value products.

The project was conceived and delivered by public works, in collaboration with ROOFLESS art practice and clothing collection, as part of SHOPPORTUNITY – a project to improve shop frontages on Wood Street, Walthamstow, E17. New Life Charity Shop at 135 Wood Street hosted the project, providing 70% of the raw materials used to create a shop window display system, and an upcycled clothing collection called ‘A New Life’. public works also worked with staff and students from the Fashion Department, HND course at Waltham Forest College to breath new life into an odd assortment of clothing donated to the shop. Together they have produced a range of fabulous high fashion items all with specific stories behind them.

New Life Charity Shop is an incredible place of hidden treasures. A bespoke window display unit aims to highlight these treasures within old picture frames found in the shop. The display unit was designed and built by public works and accommodated a workbench for a short period, to enable the design team to work in the shop window upcycling clothing and shoes.

The upcycled clothing collection – ‘A New Life’ will be unveiled, alongside the students’ works, at a fashion show on Saturday 23rd March 2013 at 12 noon in Wood Street Plaza, E17. The designers will be present to describe the project and the stories behind each item of clothing, and share upcycling tips. Following the fashion show items can be purchased from New Life Charity shop itself. The proceeds of the sales will go to New Life Charity supporting children's education and welfare in third world countries.

Saturday 23rd March 2013

12 noon – 1.30 p.m

Wood Street Plaza, E17


Our R-URBAN-WICK project is published in this month Blueprint magazine if you want to find out more about the project visit our brand new website exclusively dedicated to R-urban-Wick

To download the pdf of article from Blueprint click here or even better buy the magazine to see it in full analog glory.