During the Easter Holidays we held a two day yarning and craft workshop for young girls which was called “Trash to Fashion”. The workshop was about self esteem, reflecting on feelings and needs and getting creative! Elders who who had sewing skills, were on hand to help the girls learn to sew. The girls had a heap of old clothes that they cut, tore, and added to to create some deadly fashions. The Workshop was facilitated by – Kate Raffin, Grace Bond and trainee facilitator Luella Blair. Costume designer, Kerry Greene was on hand to show the girls some easy tricks and designs.
At the beginning of the workshop we were worried that no one would arrive – a half an hour later 28 girls arrived and most of the girls stayed for the full two days. We laughed, had fun and got creative and many of the young girls went from SHAME to being game! Lesleigh Fisher was given a gift of a clothes voucher for showing courage, initiative and perseverance. Many of the young girls who participated asked if they could have more of these workshops.
This workshop was funded by IAS – Indigenous Advancement Strategy – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.