Green lifestyle: Jane and her Textilebeat are doing upcycling

Green lifestyle news: I have met Jane Milburn the first time at the Green Heart in Carindale, Brisbane, on month ago. I was attending the fair just to keep one eye on what local people here meant about sustainability. Jane made me courious about upcycling and I had to tried in person what she was talking about.

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Jane is an agricultural scientist value the resources, effort and cost that go into producing natural fibres. That’s what led her to find creative ways to rescue garments made from wool, linen, cotton or silk, and recast them for a second life. I started connecting everything to sustainability, what can be more ecological than upcycling?

The clothes we are wearing are statements about our personality, values and perspective. She says, every day we make choices on what to wear but unless us or friends and family are empowered with simple sewing and design skills, you are a slave to current fashion in-store and online.

Constantly seeking new clothes can be time-consuming, expensive and overwhelming. The alternative is to become more inventive and reuse, repurpose, and recreate existing pieces in our wardrobe.

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I have attended one of the workshop in Brisbane (South Bank area): Jumper to skirt conversion using garment surgery – half-day workshop   and for the first time in my life  I had sewn and I made with Jane help two wonderful skirts and one very nice shawl.

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Textile Beat is a social enterprise inspiring the upcycling of natural fibres, fabric and textured objects and following the heart on a creative journey by working with integrity, creativity and purpose. It was established in 2013 by Jane Milburn and Ele Cook in Jane’s studio at Brisbane Australia to value quality natural fibres and tap into potential opportunities to repurpose existing garments for pleasure, reward and sustainability.

If you are interested to know more about this nice way to be sustainable please have a look at 

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