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St Angela's Home Economics lecturers make presentation to ATHE on Upcycling

St Angela's Home Economics lecturers make presentation to ATHE on Upcycling

The Textiles, Fashion and Design Team, St. Angela’s College of Ursula O’Shea, Michelle O’Leary, Anna Callaghan and Heather Brady gave a presentation and workshop on ‘Upcycling Processes for Textile Products and Garments’ to a packed audience at the Association of Teachers of Home Economics National Conference on November the 9th in the Athlone Springs Hotel.  The workshop was timed to coincide with the introduction of the Textiles and Craft Strand within the new Junior Cycle Home Economics Specification to second level schools this academic year.
The presentation addressed the need for more sustainable and ethical use of fabrics and textiles in the context of global warming. The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter in the world and current on-line purchasing trends are contributing greatly to this (Fisher, 2015).
Speaking at the conference Ursula O ‘Shea welcomed the introduction of the new Textiles and Craft design brief and particularly the upcycling option within the brief which will “…encourage our students to appreciate how unsustainable fast fashion is and to use pre-worn and pre-loved garments and textiles in creative and exciting ways.”
Current BA PME Home Economics students’ re-imagined t-shirts and exemplar upcycled textile products were viewed by the Home Economics teachers, resources for teaching the Textiles and Craft Strand were discussed. Participants then stitched either a sample of Japanese Sashiko or Boro Mending embroidery on upcycled fabrics. The full St. Angela’s TFD team were involved in the preparation for the presentation and workshop including Helen Maguire and Maura McGuinness and Linda Kerlin.
A record 250 Home economics Teachers attended the ATHE National Conference in Athlone over the two-day period.

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