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Waltham Forest's Festival of Reuse and Repair

NEXT EVENT
The Reuse and Repair Fair 

 

Saturday 9 March

11am-3pm

FREE ENTRY

Venue: George Mitchell Secondary School

Farmer Road, Leyton, London, E10 5DN

Find new ways to reuse, repair, repurpose and upcycle your everyday items with local community groups and organisations.  

Bring along clothing to alter and mend, household items for repair, and your bikes for maintenance

  • Free Give & Take

  • Clothing Alterations & Upcycling

  • Sewing Machine Repairs

  • ‘Refashion Challenge’ against the clock

  • Learn Sashiko, a Japanese darning technique

  • Sew personalised sajada, upcycled prayer mats

  • Make headbands from discarded helium balloons  

  • Mending Circles

  • Bike Maintenance

  • Electronics Repair Cafe

Booking is required for some activities, and others are drop in sessions

See below

Our first fair shines a spotlight on circular fashion and textiles initiatives

Two more fairs are planned for later in the year and will champion reuse and repair projects for the outdoors and tools sharing, and sustainable interiors, furniture upcycling and paint rescue.

For access enquiries email: access@artillery.org.uk

Booking required for these repairs and workshops...
  • Refashion Challenge
    Refashion Challenge
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Join the design team and beat the clock!
  • Sewing machine repairs
    Sewing machine repairs
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 13:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Bring along your sewing machine and get it back in working order. Learn to do your own servicing and repairs
  • Handcrafted Prayer Mats Workshop
    Handcrafted Prayer Mats Workshop
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:30 – 14:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Welcoming this Holy Ramadan Month with a workshop upcycling unused fabrics into personalised prayer mats
  • Sashiko Mending Workshop
    Sashiko Mending Workshop
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Learn the art of repairing your old garments using the traditional Japanese embroidery technique, Sashiko.
  • Forest Fixers' Electronics Repair Cafe
    Forest Fixers' Electronics Repair Cafe
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School , Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Lamp won't light up? Toaster won't pop up? Vacuum won't pick up?
  • Clothing Alterations
    Clothing Alterations
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Bring back to life an item from your wardrobe
Drop in for the following free activities on the day...
  • Give and Take
    Give and Take
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Simply bring something along you no longer use to give and take something away you need.
  • Dr Bike Session
    Dr Bike Session
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Free, drop in bike maintenance
  • Helium Balloon Headbands
    Helium Balloon Headbands
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Headband making workshop using discarded helium balloons - a drop in activities for all ages
  • Fabric Rescue Project
    Fabric Rescue Project
    Sat, 09 Mar
    George Mitchell Secondary School
    09 Mar 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    George Mitchell Secondary School, Farmer Rd, Leyton E10 5DN, UK
    Find out more about FRP's fabric and haberdashery rescue project
Meet Local Reuse & Repair Projects
in the Pop Up Market Place 
Are you a local business, sole trader or community initiative with reuse or repair at the core of what you do?

Would you like to share what you do with the local community?

The Reuse and Repair Fair is the perfect chance to meet a new audience of potential customers wanting to learn how to extend the life of clothing and homewares they own. 

 

We’d love to invite you to pass on your knowledge with the Waltham Forest community, whilst raising awareness of the service you offer.

 

Do you have a skill you’d like to share? 

 

Could you offer mending advice, share upcycling skills, or bring something to make or mend live on the day to illustrate your craft…or would you like to join a panel discussion, host a competition or give a special offer (that we could help to promote?)

 

You’d be part of a pop-up marketplace at George Mitchell Secondary School, Leyton, which will celebrate all things reuse and repair and will also be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded conscious creatives!

Please get in touch to discuss your idea further,

Laura Kerry

Email: events@artillery.org.uk

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Reuse and Repair Directory

As part of Waltham Forest Council’s response to the climate emergency and cost of living crisis gripping our country; The Climate Emergency Team and Waste & Recycling Team has teamed up with the long established Forest Recycling Project (FRP) to create the Waltham Forest Reuse & Repair Directory. 

In celebration of the directory launch, Artillery CIC has been commissioned to produce three Reuse and Repair Fairs in 2024.  

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