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COVID 19 UPDATE: We are continuing to run our workshops with reduced student numbers to maintain safe working practices. Thank you for your continued support.

Pile of Clothes

Lockdown declutter and time to play!

As we head into the grips of an ever-tighter lockdown regime, my thoughts turn from being shut away in winter, to spring cleaning those forgotten corners of the house. Although the hats, gloves and scarves may be around for a while, this is a good time to sort through our clothes, shoes and accessories, to declutter and donate what we no longer want or need.

 

Due to the restrictions, it isn’t possible to take your donations to charity shops and the local recycling centre at present, so you might need to find a corner of the attic, garage or less-busy room to store items ready for the off. There are also other ways to pass on your decluttered things via online services and selling sites like vinted, depop and gumtree.

If it’s time for your clear-out, don’t forget to save those pieces of clothing and accessories made from natural fibres like cotton, silk, denim, jute or hessian. I love to recycle scraps of cotton lace, old t-shirts and other found items to use in creative ways with Powertex fabric hardener which gives exciting form and structure to all natural fibre materials.

Combining the fabric hardener with other Powertex products, like Easy Structure and Easy 3D Flex, creates amazing indoor and outdoor artwork in so many textures and finishes. If you’re clearing out overflowing draws or cleaning down the back of the sofa, you might come across interesting items like old keys, coins, odd earrings, nuts and bolts, rope and twine – they can be very useful in your Powertex artwork too!

Adding your own found objects into your sculpture makes your artwork so personal and unique. It brings a smile to your face every time you look at it hung on the wall or installed in the garden. During this lockdown, I’m going to take myself off to the studio, have a rummage in my stash of fabrics and bits and bobs and just PLAY! After all, when am I likely to get this much time to myself again?

So when you’re decluttering your home and changing your winter woollies to summer dresses, remember to save any useful natural fabrics and unwanted items to give your artwork an unusual twist and hopefully put a spring in your step too!

To find out more about the range of Powertex products that will add texture, colour and interest to your creations, visit the Artistic ReTreats website.

Photo by Mel Poole on Unsplash