Use It Up. Wear It Out is a London based workshop initiative created and facilitated by Karen Shand & Joanna Whelan. We offer a wide portfolio of D.I.Y fashion Workshops that show you how to "pimp'' your accessories and clothes in a playful and irreverent way. Having met as fashion buyers, the friends decided to team up and find a way to make fashion inclusive, accessible & fun for everyone. Combining a love of travel, meeting people, making crazy stuff and bedazzling things, each season they pick the hottest trends and take their wheelies on the road. Mobile and ready to roll, we bring our kit and expertise to you. Using fashion accessories and clothing as a base, our workshops explore customisation techniques using a wide variety of materials including; up-cycled textiles, jewellery and haberdashery. Visual inspiration is provided by mood boards, help sheets and examples of what is possible that have been made by us. Our aim is for each participant to experience designing and making processes in an accessible and inclusive way, that results in a finished piece within a set time frame. Inspired by both street style and catwalk trends, our workshop options are constantly evolving with new workshops regularly being developed and added to our programme. To see our workshop options and to book visit our Website

Give the anarchist… a pair of scissors

As part of the Southbank Centre’s ‘Gift Of Giving’ campaign we hosted 4 90 minute drop-in workshops over the weekend, where the public could customise an item from the pop-up charity shop being hosted on the Spirit Level in aid of MIND, or bring an item from home.

One of the quick upcycling projects undertaken there was inspired by the iconic, Seditionaries ‘Anarchy Shirt’ shown above. This street artist turned up with carrier bags full of old t-shirts bearing his own screenprints, which we decided to turn into a wearable archive piece. Using an old flannel shirt, the logos and motifs were roughly chopped out of the jersey which we then collaged, fabric glue was liberally applied, and slogans stencilled over the top. 

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The most won-der-ful time of the year is fast approaching, but what to wear to the annual Christmas party? We put on our thinking caps and with our regular venue Drink, Shop & Do hosted a series of Kitsch-mas themed evenings to get you in the holiday spirit. Putting a festive twist on our Bling Your Beanie and Dress Your Head  workshops, tinsel, pom poms, baubles and bells embellished accessories to create the ultimate party headwear!

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Last month Slashstroke Magazine embarked on a very cool project - Hackney Street Style School - sponsored by Middlesex University and Hackney Council in association with Create London, The Mill Co Project and A New Direction. A short course for East London youth’s, Use It Up. Wear It Out were thrilled that our shades & visors were used in the styling. Thank you /- ! See the exciting results from a very talented group here…..

http://slashstrokemagazine.com/2013/07/30/hackney-street-style-school-work-out/

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Get involved: DIY arts and craft events in London
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Alexi and his review of our workshop in Time Out printed mag & on the blog….check the link below :)

http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2013/07/22/cool-shades-bro-alexi-duggins-pimps-his-sunglasses/

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In November we teamed up with Vinspired - the U.K’s leading youth volunteering charity as part of their #Get Trashed campaign. To launch their initiative to save fashion from landfill the first ‘Car Boot Disco’ was held at the Ministry of Sound in London. This free event was organised to encourage young people (16-24yrs) to swap, customise or recycle their unwanted clothing. With a soundtrack provided by KISS FM dj’s, a raffle of celebrity donations and an exciting rosta of fashion hackers the event promised to brighten up a gloomy Sunday afternoon. There were 4 customising areas offering; airbrushing, screen printing ‘spangling’ and studding. Our ‘Punk Couture’ styling made use of studding, safety pins and chains, embellishing collars, pockets and cuffs with motifs. A popular hack amongst Trashers was adding studding to prints by creative community People of Print.

4 months ago
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As seen on the telly box…..

As seen on the telly box…..

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A lovely selection of pretty head wear made by some lovely ladies at our latest Headdress workshop at Drink, Shop & Do

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Full house of creatives at Pimp Up Your Shades @ Drink, Shop & Do July.  And we had a very special guest take part too…Alexi Duggins, Editor of Time Out

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