‘garments against waste’: bodies that make


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Image by Rute Chaves

What does a garment need “to say” or “to do” to not become waste?

You are invited to a participatory textile installation made of so called waste. If you have a knitted garment or blanket that has been sitting in the ‘get rid of’ pile—unloved and lonely—bring it down to MPavilion for a morning of unravelling and making.

Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in this experience of making and knit-write their ideas, thoughts, and feelings about waste into a “pattern” piece. That piece can be added to a collective garment installation on site, or be reassembled with other available patterns into a keepsake—or both!

With time the installation grows and feeds itself by using the ongoing unravelled yarn (from the artist Rute Chaves, yours and others) in an endless cycle of connection.

Together we will contribute to an installation of rescued yarn on the way to landfill, unravelling the possibilities and hack-knit ideas about waste, and bringing them into new forms—activating and assembling an endless collective garment experience.

Rute’s hacked knitting-machine will be available as a knit-type-writer, or a pixel drawing tool. It uses an open source hard-and software to have real time control over the needles, enabling anyone to knit a simple two coloured image live onsite into a knitted fabric.

All knitting is manually operated and assistance is provided—no knitting experience necessary.

Register to attend

We recommend you register to attend this event to avoid disappointment.

In accordance with the rules of our COVIDSafe Plan, we have non-negotiable capacity limits for certain events. If we still have spots free by the time this workshop begins, we will grant admission to people who have not registered, until we reach our capacity limit.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.