“Making for Change: Waltham Forest” comprises a programme of community engagement, educational and design research activities grounded on the themes of makers, fellowships, and radicals, using fashion as catalyst for change in the borough, with long-term legacy.
With the aim of ensuring a pipeline of skills training and acquisition leading to employment, three schools (i.e. Leyton Sixth Form, Waltham Forest College, and Belmont Park School) have been selected for engagement through the following programmes: Fashion District’s Innovation Challenge themed around “A Store of the Future”; Fashion Unit; Fashion Futures 2030; Fashion Clubs. Moreover, research residencies will be undertaken in 3 (large, medium, and micro) textile and fashion design and manufacturing businesses based in Waltham Forest. For 3 months, 3 LCF researchers will collaborate with staff at Wagland Textiles, Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, and Cactus Leather, addressing issues of economic, environmental, social, and cultural sustainability. Furthermore, the local community (especially young people and hard to reach groups) will engage in a range of participatory making activities using fashion as a catalyst for change: “I WANNA BE ME I WANNA BE (E)U”, a series of 6 co-making workshops, Garden Party, 1000 Coats, 3 symposia, and 2 showcases.