Edgar and Bird.
Property Partner: Hall Family Trust
122 Queen Street (corner with Lincoln Road), Masterton.
From 25 October 2017.
Open Tuesday – Thursday. Weekends: workshops to be arranged / advertised separately
With their pilot space in the CBD Edgar and Bird are providing the Masterton community an opportunity to do something with unwanted textiles. They reclaim textiles and garments destined for the landfill through ethical, eco-conscious and sustainable practices.
This community creation space features banks of textiles, sewing machines, cutting tables and models of new garments, aiming to demonstrate how you can upcycle textiles, through workshops and public engagement.
Edgar and Bird want to get like-minded people involved in the making and innovating process and create a rapport with the community to help grow awareness of the on-going effects that the fast fashion industry has on our environment. To utilise what we already have, instead of reaching for the brand new.
“We aim to nurture creativity and provide an inclusive environment founded on positivity, honesty and respect. Our goal is to be passionate and dedicated with everyone involved to be inspirational and supportive of each other.”
About the Designer: Paul Edgar Bird worked in the fashion industry earlier on in his career for designers such as Karen Walker, Adrian Hailwood, Miss Crabb, Illicit Clothing and Doosh Clothing.
He has a vast amount of knowledge from the industry and knows what the work load is like. He saw a lot of waste involved in the process, and that clothing was being designed for a certain type of person. He aims to be inclusive through innovative design.
Over the past four years Paul has been part of the Oversew Fashion Awards, an international fashion competition that aims to promote upcycling and give designers the chance to show how innovative they can be by using existing garments. Paul has won at least one award each year. Two of the years he has entered he has taken out the Overall Prize of Excellence.
Another Paul Edgar Bird project: https://www.facebook.com/RubbishDay/