august, 2018

31aug6:00 pmCommunity TalkRethink Clothing Culture6:00 pm Parkes Shire Library

Jane Milburn wears upcycled denim vertical

Event Info


Be curious!


2018 Curiosity + Wonder = The Slow Clothing Movement and Upcycling

To quote the great late Albert Einstein “Curiosity is more important than knowledge”.


In the pursuit of curiosity Parkes Library celebrates authors, books, science, art and creativity in August and September each year.


Social entrepreneur and author Jane Milburn will be visiting Parkes to host a community talk on rethinking the clothing culture.  Jane believes in the magic of remaking and upcycling, and will present two workshops to get people started.


Friday evening: Community Talk – Rethinking Clothing Culture

In an era dominated by passive consumption of cheap and synthetic fashion, Jane presents a compelling case for why we need to change the way we dress to live lightly on Earth through everyday practice. Slow Clothing is a holistic approach to what we wear that considers clothes in the context of health and wellbeing. Jane outlines how slow clothing actions can bring wholeness through living simply, creatively and fairly.

Where: Parkes Library

When: 6pm, Friday 31 August 2018

RSVP by 30 August:   or  phone 6861 2309


Saturday: Workshop – Transformations from Nature

Experiment with colour using natural materials from your wardrobe, kitchen and garden. Find an unloved natural-fibre garment or two from your wardrobe (or op shop) – wool and silk (work best) or linen and cotton. Using onion skins, tea, leaves, flowers, bark and rusty tools, we refresh and transform them for a second life.

Where: Cooke Park Community Centre

When: 9am-4pm, Saturday 1 September 2018

Suitable for beginners. Age 12+. Cost $10. Bookings required with payment at Parkes Library.


Sunday: Workshop – Snip and Stitch Upcycling

Transform your t-shirts and other clothes using scissors and stitching.  Bring along a few unloved natural-fibre garments, options for upcycling them will be explored and changes enacted using hand-stitching techniques or machine sewing (for those with a machine to bring along).

Where: Parkes Library

When: 9am-4pm, Sunday 2 September 2018

Some sewing experience preferred. Aged 15+. Cost: $10. Bookings required with payment at Parkes Library.


For more information, contact the Parkes Library  or  phone 6861 2309



(Friday) 6:00 pm


250 Clarinda St, Parkes


Parkes Shire Library6861 2309 and 25 Bogan Street, Parkes NSW 2870