Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing.
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a non-profit, Creative Commons event that takes place in over 100 cities throughout the world. Welcome!
When you attend the swap bring at least one bag of your unwanted clothing and a small donation (each swap varies depending on available funding). Every swap begins with a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted clothing of all who attend. Everyone is welcome to dive in and find their next new/used items from the pile. Take as little or as much clothing from this pile as you like, it's all free.
After you have chosen your new clothes slide on over to one of the sewing stations and attend a workshop. Learn to make modifications or totally transform your finds. Each swap features a variety of workshops by local artists who are there to share their sewing and modification secrets with you. All the materials you need to sew, embroider, bead, fix, repair, knit etc, are suppled.
On Site DIY Stations
Swap-O-Rama-Rama also offers on site DIY with skilled artists to help you get started. You'll find designers with sewing machines ready to teach you how to make modifications to your new/used duds. Or you might try the hand sew area and decoration station where you can learn to embroider, knit, crochet, etc. A silk screen station offers many amazing designs for immediate transfer as well as an opportunity to make your own screens using a YUDU silk screen machine.
Some swaps host a participatory fashion runway featuring the silly and the sophisticated. All are invited to take a playful spin down the runway in their most fabulous finds. Ask the audience for their opinion on the outfit you just plucked from the pile. The runway will also feature a fashion show of the local designers who staffed the event. Of course all designs are made of reuse. And for those who are emotionally attached to their clothing, you might find there is runway time for clothing story telling. Use this space to share interesting stories about the clothing you've brought to the swap.
Free Labels for Relabeling
Before you hit the street in your new recycled clothes consider covering up the existing branding with a new label, one that celebrates the DIY communities collective creativity rather than the brand of a corporation. At some Swap-O-Rama-Rama's you will find free 100% Recycled or Modified by Me labels and sew them on at the swap or at home.