The current flooding in the south-south region of Nigeria and across several states has led to the loss of over 600 lives, displaced millions, caused the loss of homes, livelihoods, and thousands of hectares of farmland, with the ripple effects stretching across the entire economy; it has never been more critical to localise what climate change is and how it affects us.
As part of the WE! ARE Campaign and with the support of Creative Development, The Assembly is pleased to announce our sustainable fashion initiative – tRACEs.
tRACEs is a multimedia project and exhibition that brings together six fashion designers and 3d artists to explore climate justice with a community located on a landfill in Lagos, Nigeria, and how climate change can be communicated to a wider audience using fashion, design, and storytelling.
The goal of the project is to engage our designers and the host community to co-create fashion-related expressions that promote the awareness of climate change and bring to the fore, African heritage and traditional sustainable practices that can address climate change on a global platform while creating greater awareness of digital fashion.
Inspired by our host community and over a 4-week period, the cohort will develop 3 characters, their outfits, and digital doubles in preparation for the project showcase.
tRACEs WILL HOST
Three Workshops: tRACEs will host a series of interactive workshops facilitated by an expert Faculty where creatives will actively participate in sessions centred around climate change, sustainable fashion, and indigenous materials and production techniques from an African perspective.
Interested in learning more about local production techniques that can be adapted for contemporary usage or finding out how to incorporate sustainable fashion practices into your work?
Over 2 days, the in-person workshops will include the following sessions:
- Understanding Climate Change in your Local Community & Material Sourcing
- Exploring Sustainable Fashion Practices that Work across Africa & Ideation
- Designing with Locally Sourced Materials and Local Techniques & Prototyping
One Showcase: This is the project climax and a multimedia exhibition where our host community and wider creative community (you) will be invited to experience the cohort’s story and interact with the design pieces developed on the project to spark wider conversations, reflection, and action about climate justice.
YOUR INVITATION TO THE SHOWCASE
Inspired by our host community, the cohort created 3 Solarpunk characters; The Ambassador, The Single Mother, and The Migrant; their clothing and accessories; and their digital doubles.
Time: 11 am – 6 pm (WAT)
Where: Ajegunle Co-Working Hub, 101 Kirikiri Road, Opposite Mobil Filling Station, Wilmer Bus stop, Apapa 100211, Lagos, Nigeria
HOW TO JOIN THE WORKSHOPS
The workshops are FREE. You can choose to join one or more workshops alongside other creatives and get the opportunity to contribute to the development of the design projects the cohort is creating.
Register here to join as many of the workshops as you are interested in. Limited seats available.
Date: 3rd – 4th November 2022
Time: 10:00am daily (WAT)
**Where: Victoria Island, Lagos
11th October – 3rd December 2022
The workshops will be recorded
** Workshop venue to be disclosed after registration.