Temasek Shophouse and Post-Museum have partnered up to bring awareness to the growing issue of fashion waste with the second edition of the Renew Earth Sweat Shop. In this second edition, the organisers want to tackle Singapore’s enormous problem of fashion waste, with over 131,000 tonnes of waste produced in 2020, through upcycling. Their hope is to galvanise a community to confront the issue of fashion waste by creating micro-community spaces for people to gather to learn, to sew and upcycle together. They quickly amassed over 200kg of fashion waste from swap shops, thrift stores, and green movements, to put towards a different and meaningful purpose.
The Renew Earth Sweat Shop will be presenting the works of the participants at the Temasek Shophouse from 30 August to 30 September. Industrial Repair workshops will be conducted from 12 – 2pm and
2.30 – 4.30pm on 11, 12 September, 25, 26 September. Daily Collective Patchwork sessions are also available. These workshops are free and open to the public by RSVP only. Visitors to the showcase can try their hand at weaving, using an industrial sewing machine or participate in the community sorting house. Some of the items may also be for sale.
Renew Earth Sweat Shop is a community and participatory art project reacting to the environmental impact and labour conditions linked to the global fashion industry. In its first edition in 2020, over 100 participants came together, to sew, to learn and to contemplate the ripples our everyday actions have had on a planet that is becoming increasingly fragile. This is the second time organisers Post-Museum and visual artist Veronyka Lau have gathered a community under the Renew Earth Sweat Shop banner in COVID-19 conditions.
The 4-month programme started with the Ideation Workshops in May that was conducted online due to COVID-19 restrictions. More than 80 people gathered virtually and in small groups to bring new ideas for their individual, community, and potentially commercially viable upcycling projects towards a pop-up showcase at the Temasek Shophouse.
Renew Earth Sweat Shop is free and will be open to the public from 30 August 2021 to 30 September 2021, on weekdays 9 am – 6 pm, and on weekends 11 am – 5 pm.
Venue: Temasek Shophouse, 28 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238832
When: 30 Aug - 30 Sep 2021,