JUNK FASHION: Those involved in the project which will see a pop-up shop opening in Barnard Castle. Matthew Read, far right, is appealing for anyone who can help provide a premises
JUNK FASHION: Those involved in the project which will see a pop-up shop opening in Barnard Castle. Matthew Read, far right, is appealing for anyone who can help provide a premises

YOUNG people are working with The Bowes Museum and council waste officers to deliver a “junk fashion” project.

The Bowes Museum, Durham County Council’s strategic waste management department and Teesdale YMCA and Auckland Youth and Community Centre have all united for the scheme.

Durham County Council will provide the second-hand clothing for the young people to upcycle, producing accessories and garments to sell in a one-day retailing extravaganza in a pop-up shop in Barnard Castle.

Youngsters aged between 13 and 20 will gain fashion design and textiles skills, business skills and an insight into retailing. 

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Workshops will be delivered by the museum’s new Bowes Centre for Art, Craft and Design headed up by its director, Matthew Read, and the museum’s education team. 

Expert fashion advice and practical skills such as pattern cutting and garment construction will be delivered by museum staff. Mentoring from fashion design and fashion marketing undergraduates from Northumbria University will give those taking part an insight into a career in fashion and manufacturing.

The project is looking for an empty shop in Barnard Castle to be used by the young people for a week at the end of August. To offers premises and shop fittings or in-kind expertise, contact Matthew.Read@thebowesmuseum.org.uk