Cultivate Cornwall CIC are awarded two years of lottery funding to grow their
TeX – Textiles with a difference project.
TeX - Textiles with a difference; part of the Cultivate Cornwall social enterprise - is a community benefit project that aims to bring communities together through textiles.
Providing skill sharing opportunities, holding youth fashion shows, organizing Swishing events and creating a ‘Makerspace’ where the community can come together, learn from each other, get creative and make things in a social environment are some of the key opportunities that will be made available through the project.
The activities will be free to participate and will predominantly take place between Bodmin, Par and Liskeard.
The project will also work with the business community, helping reduce their environmental impact through repurposing textile waste, TeX aims to use embrace innovation creating products for the circular economy out of waste textiles to help support their long-term sustainability.
Harry, 22 who is one of the Directors of Cultivate Cornwall said "We are really looking forward to reaching out further into the community, we have a great team of sewers, designers, teachers and seamstresses who are ready and waiting to share their skills with the community.
"The fashion industry produces about 60% waste and that is set to increase, so as well as the community aspect of this enterprise there is the ecological side, which to us is so important.
"Working with partners like BJ Sherriff, who have been amazing, we can try and change the culture of the industry and build a successful company that will make a real difference."
Harry says the continued support of the community has been invaluable, as the project aims to benefit the local community, their continued contribution has been essential to shaping the project – with 2 years of funding having now been secured - there are firm foundations on which to grow the Tex – Textiles with a difference project.
Anna who will be helping deliver the project added: "It's vital to us that we help the people around us, with the removal from textiles from the curriculum it is essential that people like me share our skills and experiences with the younger generations so these skills don’t die out.
"TeX is a great way of doing that and I am excited to get out there and start building on our engagement with the community."
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