Come and join us for the 2023 return of this exciting, fashion-sustainability program run by artist, Norwin Anne! Come enjoy a safe accessible space where curious, like-minded people can repair, rework, and swap clothing while also learning about “textile waste”.
From Here to Wear
Saturday February 18th, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 5:00pm
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Cost: PWYC (Pay What You Can), with FREE Spots available
REGISTER FOR FEB 18 HERE
What to Expect
From Here to Wear creates a circular closed loop system for clothing that people no longer want, while promoting a reuse and “waste not, want not” mentality. It’s a fun alternative to shopping and an engaging way to upgrade your wardrobe — a conscious practice on how to be more intentional with the clothes you wear.
Please wash and dry all clothes beforehand. You’re welcome to bring up to a maximum of 40 clothing items — but note that there’s a quality check to determine if your pieces will be for swapping (Is it still in good condition? Would you pay for it? Give it to a friend? If you answered yes to all, then it’ll be perfect for the swap!), repairing or *reusing.
*We accept and separately collect “textile waste” which is anything unwearable and beyond repair, they’ll be deconstructed to be repurposed for other uses or shredded. These must be in clean condition as well, we don’t want to handle anything unsanitary so be respectful and considerate — please don’t treat this as a garbage dump!
There’s also the Textile Library Lab — a mending station with a collection of salvaged materials where participants can use sewing machines and available supplies to repair / alter their clothing, including an opportunity to learn basic sewing skills for simple fixes (ex. how to sew a button, fix a ripped seam, do patchwork, etc) and receive guidance or ask any questions.
The clothing swap will be a fair exchange, so if you bring 5 items then you can take 5 items. During quality check if any items are unfit for the swap, it’ll be considered a “mendable” and will not be part of the exchange / count — these are placed separately by the Textile Library Lab and are up for grabs with no limit (great for those willing to repair, rework or want to reuse it for a project). Participants should be browsing through only a good selection of items, so this process makes the swapping experience more enjoyable when there’s no “junk”.
At the end, the remaining pieces that aren’t swapped will be sorted and responsibly distributed to local nonprofits / grassroots groups in our community that work directly with people who are in most need.
If you’re not interested in swapping and just want to donate clothing, please inquire for a list of places in the GTA that may accept your donations instead of giving them to for-profit organizations and / or consider these other options from this page.
Please contact Norwin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
About From Here to Wear
This initiative aims to raise more awareness on the problems surrounding the management of “textile waste” and to help prevent them from being disposed of improperly. Toronto doesn’t have a separate collection for it like electronic and household hazardous waste which are more commonly available. While there are private collection bins, more than half of all clothing donations from those along with thrift stores and textile recycling programs are actually exported — reference to Kantamanto Market in Ghana and the Atacama desert in Chile. So after learning about how most of our secondhand clothing ends up overseas where they turn into toxic waste sites (which not only threatens those communities but also contributes to worsening climate change), the goal is to help manage unwanted clothing / textiles in our local community and divert it from landfills.
To learn more, read the EEA blog post: Talking Textiles with Norwin Anne!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Norwin at email@example.com!
*For updates on future From Here to Wear events and other similar initiatives, join the mailing list here.
About the Facilitator
Norwin Anne is a Filipinx textile based artist / designer, (re)maker and eco-culture communicator. They studied Fashion Techniques and Design at George Brown College with a waste conscious approach and slow fashion mentality. Primarily working with secondhand materials, they started focusing on textile waste as a research study during school which evolved into learning more about the concept of waste in general to understand its environmental impacts and beyond. They want to continue developing their ideas and merge their knowledge of fashion with other subjects.