Kate (byKatyMac) creates wearable clothing from recycled and reclaimed fabric for adults and children to minimise the impact on the planet. Kate takes part in the Festival and helps visitors to learn skills to alter and mend their own clothing.
Why do you take part in the Festival?
I really looking forward to sharing the skills I learnt from previous generations with younger people or people who don’t sew.
What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?
I have always mended and created new things from materials I already have. I enjoy using resources inventively and not always buying the ‘perfect’ thing from the shops but making something individual.
What has been your greatest making achievement?
My wedding dress made from a duvet cover has been displayed in an exhibition about reducing waste and I’m very proud of that. I am also proud of my upcycled Ballroom and Latin dance outfits.
What is the best thing about your craft?
Mending and remaking reduces the amount of new resources used, so it is good for the planet. In addition, it also saves money and gives me a sense of achievement.
What is your favourite making website or blog and why?
Up-Cycled Cloth Collective is my favourite – I get so much inspiration from people’s posts and ideas, it’s fabulous.
What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?
My daughter bought me a fabulous unpicker – it has a much easier handle than the normal type of unpicker and my husband jokes that I have three hobbies – sewing, collecting fabric and unpicking!
Why should people come and try your craft?
Repairing and altering your own clothes is a great way to save money and become more aware of the climate emergency and steps you can take to reduce your impact.