The work shoppers will be re-purposing once loved and used recycled jeans and recreating them into their own personalised tote bag. This workshop will give the participants a new outlook on old clothing and repurposing it to something new. They will be taken through a step by step process of putting the tote bag together and looking at ways to use every part of the denim jeans without leaving waste and damaging the earth. The participants will have the creative freedom to design and paint their tote bags, customising and styling it to suit themselves. Overall the work shoppers will leave with their tote bags knowing that they have re-purposed something that may have contributed to landfill and instead is contributing to something new and sustainable.

About the Artist

Grace Ware is a self-taught local artist from Traralgon who displays a surrealist and quirky flair in her textile denim illustrations. Her artwork explodes with bold detail through line work and tone giving life to her offbeat and eccentric characters. Grace paints how she feels using her distinct band of characters and symbolism making Grace a distinctive young artist emerging from the Valley.It is through her use of fine liner, paint pens and acrylics which accentuates the striking line work and depth seen in her pieces. Grace courageously pushes herself to avoid displaying her art on the traditional canvas or frame, she believes that by displaying her work on a surface like denim

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What you will learn
  • Learn how to re-purpose and upcycle an old pair of denim jeans into their own tote bag with minimum waste and lots of creativity. Be guided a step by step process of creating a simple tote bag design, providing them with skills on how to use the sewing machine and hand sewing, along with sustainable ways to create a tote bag with all different parts of the jeans. The participants leave with their own personalised tote bag that they re-purposed. From this they will develop new skills in using a sewing machine, hand sewing, painting skills and also skills in recycling and repurposing once loved clothing.
What you will get
  • A custom made tote bag

What to bring
  • All materials provided
What to wear

Clothes that will get paint on them or protective clothing (overalls)

Appropriate for

Everyone's welcome



Vendor since 2016

The VRI is a project of Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House Inc in partnership with Reactivate Latrobe Valley Ltd. 

We offer a range of classes, workshops and activities including a growing community garden, artist community gallery - Alt_Art and technical support Fridays - LV Digital Shed. A work for the dole program runs Monday - Friday at the hall and volunteers are welcome to join us in making, sharing and connecting through art, gardening, building, cleaning, cooking and using technology. If you have a great idea for a workshop you would like to run get in touch with us -

We value learning by doing and we make learning fun!

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