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Create a Zero Waste Upcycled Hobo Bag from Vintage Furnishing Textiles.


Workshop by sustainable designers Aurore Thibout and Laurence Teillet.


Saturday 22nd September – 1 to 5pm at Elemental Studio, London Fields E8.


Exploring the concept of Zero Waste pattern cutting, you will reuse hand-picked vintage furnishing textiles to design and make your bespoke Upcycled Bag.

Combining traditional skills with a contemporary vision, you will experiment with the materials and learn new creative possibilities to make an original, one-of-a-kind piece.

(See here photo 2, showing the toile of the Hobo bag using Origami and folding techniques creating deep practical pockets with a large handle. Each participant will make their own unique bag composed with their favourite vintage fabrics).


While taking the time for yourself to enjoy the power of making, you will also be able to discover the work of the lead designers, focusing on a more ethical and sustainable fashion system.


Skills: No prior experience necessary. You will learn some basic sewing skills including pattern cutting, using the sewing machine, selected fabric manipulation techniques such as patchwork and creative upcycling…


Cost: £90 inc. materials and , snacks and refreshments.

Feel free to bring your own sewing machine.


Any questions:



Aurore and Laurence met several years ago in Paris when working on the Artisanal Collection at Maison Martin Margiela. Since then, they have taught together at a number of masterclasses and workshops in Fashion and Textile institutions in the USA, France and Canada. This September, during the London Design Festival, Elemental’s flagship Shoreditch store will sell an exclusive selection of Thibout’s sustainable clothing along other selected designer makers. These two workshops are a great creative and learning opportunity for anyone interested in conscious, handmade and upcycled products.


Aurore Thibout is a textile and fashion designer and visual artist living in Paris. In her work, she captures the passage of time and explores the concept of memory through creating limited editions and unique pieces. Melding tradition and innovation, her creative process begins with selecting materials and involves recycling antique fabrics and using natural dyes. Thibout travels all over the world to teach workshops and materclasses, recently completing projects in Taiwan and Japan.

Her collection ‘Colour of Time’ reflects cultural heritage from past centuries through to the present day. A selection of her latest pieces will be for sale on exclusively at Elemental during the London Design Festival.


Laurence Teillet is a multi disciplinary designer focused on sustainable textiles and fashion. Designing with a conscience: being aware of her impact in today’s society by re-using waste materials to experiment, to refine and redevelop new types of fabrics and possibilities for clothing. After working for many years in the fashion industry in Paris and London, she is currently the Artistic Director at Elemental. She is leading experimental masterclasses and workshops to transmit her experience, to share her creativity and to highlight the importance of sustainable design in Fashion and Textiles.


More info:

Zero Waste Workshop Saturday 22nd September

  • Create a Zero Waste Upcycled Hobo Bag from Vintage Furnishing Textiles.


    Workshop by sustainable designers Aurore Thibout and Laurence Teillet.


    Saturday 22nd September – 1 to 5pm

  • Spaces are limited and allocated on a come first come first served basis. Once the money is paid, your place is secured but not refundable. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there is not enough particpants up to 2 weeks before the due date. Full amount will be refunded.

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