Button Masala is a simple joining system for clothing and product design that uses buttons and rubber bands instead of seams. It is a fast, cheap and environmentally friendly method that is a bit like doing knotting. All the products can be recycled and reworked by simply removing the buttons and attaching them somewhere else. The technique is also used to make rugs, bags, jewellery, shoes and many other utility objects. The technique is easy to learn and is not governed by design protection laws. Fashion designer Anuj Sharma explores human behaviour by starting with clothing, and works with a focus on crafts development and workwear. He teaches at several universities and his collections have been shown in Japan, the UK, and at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India. Note that the workshop will be given in English.
Bring a pair of scissors, a piece of fabric (new or old) approximately 2.5 to 4 metre in size, or a piece of oversized clothing, such as a large shirt that you want to alter. If you have a design idea you want to work with, bring a photo. There will be buttons and rubber bands for you to use. You can also bring your own buttons or other objects such as balls, plastic cups or similar to use during the workshop. You can use the same piece of fabric several times and return it to its original condition after the workshop.
PLACE: Form/Design Center
ORGANISER: The City of Malmö’s Handicrafts Association (SMHF)
COST: SMHF members 50 kronor, members of other associations 100 kronor, others 150 kronor.