With formal training in fashion design and work experience in bridal and alterations, Mariana has transformed her love for clothing into a passion for upcycling by reworking the old into new.
Celebrating the power of making with the respect to the environment, some of the places Mariana has showcased her upcycled collection and one-of-a-kind pieces are at the first Eco Fashion Week Australia, Brisbane’s second-hand fashion festival ‘Revive’ 2017, Jane Milburn’s Slow Clothing Project 2016 and a couple of publications in the international makers magazine Altered Couture, USA. She has been an advocate and presenter at Common Threads Woven Through Community since its inception in 2018.
Mariana’s main focus is to keep as many as possible good quality textiles and clothing in circulation as opposed to discarding into landfill. Her real love and the task she’s devoted to is to help educate and inspire others to learn the skills of sewing and upcycling clothing themselves. She does this by offering an online secondhand fashion website and also encourages people to buy locally where possible.
We are blessed at The Sound Temple to have Mariana join us to as an advocate and presenter in the Perth Hills as part of our Common Threads Woven Through Community Exhibition.
Common Threads Woven Through Community is a week-long community engagement project proudly brought to you directly following the World Fashion Revolution week held in late April each year and happily leads into the local Toodyay Fibre Festival of 2019.
This exhibition includes topics of integrating sustainability, creativity, and traditional hand-crafted wisdom of the ages. These events are designed for you to leave feeling deeply inspired to become part of a continuing impulse of considerable change.