Friday, March 5, 2010

Swap-o-rama-rama!

By Tracey Denofreo, CMO

Why buy new when you can Swap-o-rama-rama? On Saturday, March 13, come to Swap-o-rama-rama at the David Lam Campus Main Atrium. Bring at least one bag of clothes you no longer want, collect a bag of clothes you do want from the swap pile, and decorate, sew and silkscreen your new-to-you finds at this free event.


Douglas College Psychology student Ashley Graham, student volunteer leader for Swap-o-rama-rama, shows off a silk-screened creation. Douglas College and ArtsConnect are hosting the event on March 13.

Not crafty? Not to worry. Local artists, including fibre artists, sewers, silk screeners and fabric painters, will lead Do-it-Yourself Workshops where you can learn how to do anything from making minor modifications to completely transforming your new clothes. All the materials you need will be supplied. There will even be a red carpet where you can show off your new creations.

There will also be entertainment, featuring live music from indie bands and local musicians, including Douglas students.

Swap-o-rama-rama – swaporamarama.org – is a non-profit organization that started in the U.S. A free silk-screening machine is being provided for the event through one of the organization’s sponsors, Yudu, and Jenome Canada is supplying 15 sewing machines for use by participants. Douglas College is co-sponsoring Swap-o-rama-rama with ArtsConnect.

"This is kind of a wild event and a great community builder. We're hoping to bring Douglas students, local artists and the whole community together to share our stuff, our talents and our collective desire to consume less and create more,” says Jillian Hull, a Douglas instructor and ArtsConnect board member.

“Everyone is welcome. In fact, since the event is really created by the people who participate in it, anyone who would like to volunteer for this event can connect with us,” Hull adds.

Swap-o-rama-rama is being held in the Main Atrium at the David Lam Campus of Douglas College, 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, from 11am-4pm. To find out about volunteering or for more information on the event, contact Jillian Hull at hullj@douglas.bc.ca or Helen Daniels at info@artsconnect.ca