A Carnival Masterclass With Melissa Simon-Hartman

To mark International Women’s History Month we are celebrating the creative legacy of women.  


Join the UK Centre for Carnival Arts for this one-day masterclass with the internationally acclaimed costume and fashion designer, Melissa Simon-Hartman. This masterclass will explore the importance of and practical application of sustainable materials through ‘reuse and recycle’ in costume design and construction. Learn how to make positive impact on the environment and push your creative practice in costume and 3D.

This workshop is suitable for professional and amateur artists, crafters and designers of all levels. 

All materials and equipment are provided.

You will,  

  • Learn to identify suitable recycled materials for costume creation, considering factors such as texture, durability, and aesthetic appeal.  
  • Develop the skills to repurpose and transform recycled materials into unique and innovative costume pieces.  
  • Practice various techniques for integrating recycled materials seamlessly into costume designs while maintaining comfort and functionality.  
  • Enhance creativity by brainstorming and sketching sustainable costume concepts that align with specific themes or characters.  
  • Acquire practical insights into sourcing and procuring recycled materials, including tips for building relationships with local suppliers.  
  • Understand the lifecycle of sustainable costumes, from creation to disposal, and how to educate clients or production teams about their value.  

Running Time: 7 hours including break, suitable for ages 16+

Caribbean lunch served (included in the ticket price)

  • Chicken Curry (dairy free and gluten free)
  • Veg Curry (dairy free, gluten free and vegan)
  • Rice and Peas (dairy free, gluten free and vegan)

Drinks and alternative food available from the Hat Factory café. (not included in the ticket price)

This is a UK Centre for Carnival Arts and Culture Trust Luton partnership project, funded by Arts Council England and the London Luton Airport Greener Future Fund. 

For more information about Melissa Simon-Hartman and her residency at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, https://www.carnivalarts.org.uk/post/melissa-simon-hartman


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