What will you be doing on this workshop?

Similar to our Upcycling Textiles session, this session is all focused around using old, discarded materials and fabrics to turn them into something brand new, following an eco and sustainability model. But in this session, you will also learn how to add in basic electronic circuits into your designs to make elements light up.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the environmental importance of upcycling
  2. Understand the difference between upcycling and recycling
  3. Be able to incorporate basic electronic circuits into fabrics
  4. Be able to produce a new item using discarded materials

Aims of the Session:

1.1 Identify how a circular economy differs from a linear economy
2.1 Identify the main differences between upcycling and recycling
3.1 Understand how to sew a basic electronic circuit into fabric
3.2 Demonstrate how to incorporate conductive thread and LED lights into fabrics securely
4.1 List specific tools and materials required for the tasks
4.2 Use relevant tools, techniques, and materials to produce a new product
4.3 Demonstrate the ability to work safely when using hand-sewing needles and sewing machines
4.4 Produce a design that incorporates upcycling techniques

How long is the workshop?

As everyone learns at different speeds, the workshop is always delivered at your pace, over a minimum for 5 hours.
Session times are usually ran 10am – 3pm of given days, but occasionally we do change timings around to try to suit everyone’s availability.
We do also allow for additional time or a return for future sessions if you would like to or need to stay on for a bit longer to finish off.

Who is it aimed at?

Generally, anyone over the age of 16years, living in Coventry, and unemployed are eligible to register for our courses. Please check out of project funding for full eligibility criteria.
Workshop class sizes are always kept to a maximum of 8 participants to ensure everyone is able to get enough support and any 1-2-1 support that may be required.

Are there any entry requirements?

Everyone needs to have completed a registration with us prior to being allocated a space on any activities.
If you are not registered already, please follow this link: https://fablabcov.coventry.ac.uk/register-2345
No formal entry requirements or previous experience is necessary. This session is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with prior knowledge and skills.

What qualification will I gain from it?

Learners on the programme will earn ‘digital badges’ in recognition for completing workshops, programmes and getting involved in FabLab Coventry projects. You will be able to keep your badges forever and share what you have achieved with employers, your online community via social media, or potential education providers.


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