From Waste to a Work of Art: Ideas for Upcycling Textiles

Have you ever wondered what to do with a lovely piece of clothing or home furnishing fabric after it reaches the end of its useful life? There really is no need to throw it away, it can be recycled into something beautiful, not only giving you a piece of art for your home but also an enjoyable activity in the process of creating it. Can’t part with old clothes, or simply can’t find the right material for your creation? Why not try your local Oxfam?

Look out for striking colours, patterns and texture in materials or clothing to add interest to your creation. Not only does it spare you the expense of buying new materials but you are also supporting those in need. Here are a few artists that use textiles in their art work to inspire you!

David Agenjo specialises in layering texture and colour with a focus on the human body. This school lesson plan  on Collaboroo  explores art with materials and textures inspired by David and shows how a self-portrait can be created using upcycled fabrics and paint.

Louise Baldwin is a textile artist known for her combination of found imagery, colour and domestic packaging used alongside fabric to create rich wall hangings. She doesn’t plan her design in advance, instead adding layers and manipulating and sewing them until they look right. You can see Louise’s work on The Sixty Two Group of
textile artists
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Mandy Patullo uses collage techniques in textile art. She is particularly interested in patching and piecing together fabrics or using paper ephemera and layering in her printmaking. She follows her own ‘thread and thrift’ vision by sourcing vintage fabrics and quilts to recycle into her own work.

Bethan Ash creates bold, bright and eye-catching pieces inspired by relatable social and popular culture including consumer goods combined with abstract ideas.

Jo Deeley is a textile artist who works with different textures and methods to create sculptural shapes and designs. She incorporates 3D designs into her work using traditional methods including weaving, knitting, plaiting and knotting, as well as more unconventional techniques like folding and pressing fabric.

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Top tips for upcycling fabric into art

  • Follow your instincts. There are no rules ­­­- you can combine your fabric with any other mediums and fix as you like using glue, staples or stitching.
  • Gather a variety of different textiles before you begin your creation. Old clothes and textiles from your wardrobe or your local Oxfam is a good place to start. Try asking at the till to see if they have any fabrics that would be heading to textile recycling that you could buy for a cheaper rate.
  • Look out for interesting trims, threads, buttons and fastenings to add interest to textile collages. Check the Homewares section of your local Oxfam or Oxfam Online Shop too for extra sewing supplies and crafting materials.
  • Consider different ways of manipulating textiles to create your art work. Gathering, shredding and fraying, knotting, plaiting, folding and layering will help you to create a 3D piece of art.
  • Use a sketch book to draft out your ideas before you begin but you don’t have to replicate your initial images – a piece of art can develop as you work on it.

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Having a Spring Clear-Out: My Tips for a Clutter Free Home using the KonMari Method

I’ve long been a bit of a hoarder and quite messy by nature, but I’m trying to change (honest!). If anything, I’ve come to realise that getting rid of stuff feels really good. Last year, I jumped on the Marie Kondo bandwagon. Marie Kondo is the queen of tidying up, and developed the KonMari Method. In short, you’re encouraged to work your way through each room of your house, tackling different categories of items you own (clothing, paperwork, books…) and asking yourself, if each item ‘sparks joy’. An old pair of boots no longer sparking joy? Out they go!

I can’t say I followed the method by the rules. I didn’t personally thank each item before setting it free (as is part of the KonMari method) but I did ask myself if I really needed all this stuff. I managed to create six bin bags full of things I no longer needed, no longer used or I had lost interest in. I spent some time reorganising my rickety IKEA wardrobe, and again, I didn’t follow the rules of putting items in colour order, but just folding my clothes and putting everything into some sort of order felt
GOOD!

Bag of clothing that will be donated.

But old habits die hard, and I had all of these bin bags sitting in my living room for (I’m ashamed to say) months. But now we’re well into the new year, one by one, I’ve taken them all to my local Oxfam shop. What I didn’t realise before, is that you now get given a green label to stick on each donation bag – your Gift Aid donation number, name and postcode are added to it, and when your items sell you get an email to say how much money your items raised. You can also track your Gift Aid through the Oxfam Apptoo!   I admit, I got a bit of a buzz out of that email, knowing that some of my items were now ‘sparking joy’ elsewhere, and now I’m putting aside more things to donate. At this rate, I’m not going to
have anything left!

Want to join Sarah in starting a clutter-free life? Find your local Oxfam shop or donation point here  or donate to your local M&S for some loyalty card goodies
You can also get some declutter inspiration from another of our amazing Oxfam Fashion bloggers, Colleen,
here.

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What Fashion Means to Me: Georgia Bridgett’s View

For me, the way a piece of clothing is cut, the shape it provides for a particular person, the array of colours we have to choose from, all work together to form a piece that will suit certain people and not others, or will be preferred by some and not others; that I find absolutely fascinating. The reason many of us love fashion is because it is a form of expression, it is empowering. It makes us feel good. I am fascinated with the way designers like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen take basic pieces like the t-shirt and put their creative energy into how it fits and falls. We all love a
beautiful design but we want it to complement different body types and skin tones.

 

My love for personal style led me to start my blog. I wanted to use it as a way of exploring my interests. Since I moved to Liverpool for university I have been rummaging through the abundance of fabulous charity and vintage shops. My finds started to become the heart of my blog and I increasingly started to question the ethical and sustainable status of high street stores. I wanted to understand how and where the garments I was buying were being made. This led me to find some shocking figures. The Guardian printed an
Oxfam report on Unilever’s treatment of its employees in Vietnam. Employees were struggling to provide for their families and ‘Of workers in the Cu Chi factory, 80% said they needed another source of income’.

 

Ethically Conscius

 

Workers in a garment factory in Vietnam where the employees work 12 hour days 6 days a week for as little as $1 an hour (Photo Credit: Eleanor Farmer| Oxfam) 

 

 

So charity and vintage shopping became for me a way of being ethical and sustainable in the consumerist world of fast fashion. It is fantastic that the money we spend on clothes from charity shops are going towards fighting incredible causes. ‘Shining Mothers’ is a women’s group in Nairobi that is supported by Oxfam. Jane, leader of the
women’s group, ‘trains other women on their basic rights and skills for running small businesses.’

 

Jane Muthoni, leader of ‘Shining Mothers’, buying ingredients to make homemade yoghurt which she sells to the local community in Kawangware, Nairobi, Kenya. 2016 (Image Credit:Allan Gichigi/Oxfam)

Despite the amazing benefits of charity shopping, it is a shame that it has a reputation for being for the less fortunate. I used to volunteer at a charity shop and I was often asked if we had any shopping bags that did not say the name of the charity on it. From my perspective they did not want other people to have the view that they couldn’t afford high street fashion. These customers tended to be the older generation whilst the younger generations today appear to be taking charity shopping as a new trend, a way of finding something quirky. I have a
friend who chooses only to shop in charity shops for ethical and sustainable reasons. I’ll always remember a short, deep purple cardigan she bought. It was knitted and had beautiful little buttons sown on and a ribbed rim. When she told me it was from a charity shop my heart sank – it was gorgeous and I was desperate to wear it! Only now with my own little finds do I truly appreciate the satisfaction of owning an item of clothing that contributes to your unique style. These pieces also have a story.  Perhaps that cardigan was worn on a trip to Canada or the French Alps. May be
the gorgeous vintage dress I bought from Pop Boutique in Leeds was worn on an evening out in 1960s Paris, walking by the Seine River. Or maybe it was simply worn to a family birthday party, whilst sharing laughs and food in good company. As I sit writing this blog post, a white beige cross-stitched jumper is resting by my side. I bought it today for £6 at a vintage fair in an old Church in the centre of Leeds. I rummaged through the racks of t-shirts, dresses and finally jumpers until I spotted it. The label says ‘CANADA’. Who brought it over here? Was it shipped with many others,
bought as stock? It has history. It will be loved all over again.

 

Laura Jones talking to a customer at the Cowley Road Shop, Oxford.  (Image Credit: Rachel Manns| Oxfam)


I can still appreciate the craftsmanship of designers and show my support for the ones who are environmentally and ethically conscious like Stella McCartney. I can still enjoy a high street purchase but I try to make sure it is from an ethical company.

The most beautiful designs begin with the beauty of ethical working conditions and sustainable sources and I hope one day all of fast fashion will become fair fashion.

 

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How to make your own Upcycled Vintage 20′ Cloche Cap

Post written by Leah Topham, volunteer at Oxfam Batley where she helps upcycle the clothes. She’s written this series called Rags to Riches where she lets us in on her DIY secrets, keep your eye out for her next post!

Everybody has old hats that have been through all weathers and are now on the verge of getting binned! Why not up cycle your old hat, or find a plain one in your local Oxfam or from the Oxfam Online Shop, and transform it into one fit for any special occasion!

 

 

I have started with a plain black felt cloche cap, 5cm wide black lace, 2cm wide black ribbon, and some left over spotty fabric.

 

1.) Firstly I started with my spotty fabric I cut it down so it was approx 11cm wide, I then folded from the bottom to create a little more volume.

 

2.) Then Pleat the fabric as you pin it to your hat …You can choose how you want your hat trim to look. I have worked more towards a flower shape so I have pleated my fabric and pinned in half a circle.

 

3.) Then using a needle and thread, gather the edge of the lace to make it into a circular shape. I gathered two strips of lace, you can do as many as you want and any length depending on the look you’re going for.

 

4.) After Gathering the lace, lay it on top of the fabric already pinned to your hat, keeping in mind the design and shape you’re going for.

 

5.) Then using Ribbon twist it into the shape you desire and tack a few stitched to hold the shape together.

6.) Next, Pin your ribbon into the middle of your lace, and start to stitch down all the fabrics to your hat, remembering to remove all pins afterwards.

 

 

 

And there it is! As easy as that. If you try to do it at home please, remember to share the pictures with us: @OxfamFashion #foundinoxfam

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DIY Doily Tips: Upcycle Ripped T-Shirts

Article written by Rumaanah Bilal, volunteer at  Oxfam Online Batley 

To begin these DIY doily shirts, collect everything you may need. I created two different shirts but there are limitless designs that you could create! Start off by ironing the shirts to get rid of any creases. I have picked these navy and white tops to work onto. The white one has a hole so I created a design to cover this up. This is a great way to bring new life to a shirt you’d otherwise end up recycling.

What you’ll need:

  • Plain T-shirt (Use ones you already have or check your local Oxfam or Oxfam’s Online Shop)
  • Dollies (Again if you don’t have any you want to chop up it’s worth checking your local Oxfam or Online)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Threads (mixed colours)
  • Pins


Start cutting into the areas of the doilies you like the best. I picked out doilies with floral designs as this is something I really love, but you could easily use the lacy parts as well – customise to your heart’s content to make this piece a unique beauty!

After getting your desired pieces start to place them on the shirts in different ways to see which layout looks the best. I came up with a lot of ideas and they all seemed to be really interesting and wonderful. Here are some of the designs I tried out:

 

As soon as you have arranged your designs, pin the pieces down and carefully start to hand stitch the separate parts to the shirt. I noticed the edges of the blue doily was quite frayed so I had to fix that by stitching it down tightly, but still making sure I maintained the shape. I cut out around some hexagons from a different doily and I placed them in a row down the sleeves, this way it covered up the hole and also made it quite stylish. In contrast to the white shirt having quite a bit going on, I kept the navy shirt really minimal by only putting a white trim around the neckline.
This technique would also look great along the hem or armholes of your chosen garment, and would be a good way to cover up any wear and tear!

Here are my final designs for both tops. I like how they turned out and would love to do more like this. I like the contrast between both tops. Both are very simple and can be easily styled with a pair of jeans. I love that you can save a lot and create something stylish, whilst saving clothing that would otherwise end up in recycling, instead of paying £20+ for a high street piece.

If you try out my embroidered t-shirt DIY please share the pictures: @OxfamFashion #foundinoxfam I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

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How to Make a DIY Rug From Old T-Shirts

Blog By Upcycling Volunteer Sophie Burton

As a volunteer at Oxfam Online Batley Hub I was challenged to upcycle something from the rejected products that gets donated to us. As this is such a great way to recycle t-shirt fabric and make something new I decided to share it with you all.

My Idea: To make a rug. But not a regular rug, more of a quirky style rug that is different and unique. So my idea was to get lots of different jerseys and cotton blended fabric, cut them up into 1-2 inch strands and plait to make a continuous yarn. Once done I wound it together on top of an anti slip material to form the shape of a mat. My idea was to make something that would have been rejected or thrown away into a ready to use item. I have written down the steps below if you want to make a one-of-a-kind rug of your own!

My Rug

What You Need:

  •           Old T-shirts (To create a door-mat sized rug like mine I suggest 6-10 T-shirts, for a smaller table mat you should only need 3 T-shirts)
  •           Non-slip floor matting in a large enough size to create the base of your mat.
  •           Needle and thread
  •           Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Find a variety of jersey fabric materials that include T-shirts, both long sleeve and short sleeve. Look for bright colours and stripes but avoid complex patterns and these do not work as well. Find a mid-stretch fabric, not too stretchy but not tight that it has no give. Try asking your local Oxfam if you could buy some of the damaged clothing that gets donated to them.

Step 2: Cut the shirts!!! To get the most out of one T-shirt I suggest that you cut across the t-shirt but leave a 1 inch space and don’t cut through. Do this to the whole shirt and carry on cutting to the end once below the sleeves. When you’ve done this, open the shirt up to the part that is all still attached and cut across diagonally. I found this tutorial by My Poppet really helpful in creating my yarn.

Make Your Own T-Shirt Yarn

Step 3: Once you have a length of yarn, start to roll it up into balls. This makes the next step easier as you can see what you’re working with and it makes sure that everything isn’t getting knotted. It is also good to make up some cool colour ways.

Step 4: Once you have all your yarn balls you can then start to plait them together using a normal three strand plait. Sew the 3 pieces of yarn together across the top keeping it as flat as possible – this makes the next few steps less fiddly and gives you more yarn to work with.

Make Your Own Upcycled Fabric Rug

Step 5:  You can now start to lay out your yarn to get a feel for what style and shape you want! I chose an oval style square shape that would make a door mat. I started off by laying my plaited yarn onto non slip material which can be sourced cheap off line or at a general shop.

Wound Rug

Step 6: Gluing. For this I used a hot glue, I cut out a rectangle of the non slip and started in the middle in a circular pattern. Once my circle reached the edges then I laid to pieces of straight yarn above and below the circle, I then went round the circle and created semi circles shapes to fit into the lines above.

There you have it – all finished! You can now enjoy your new mat. Hope you liked this tutorial and please share if you make it! Tweet @OxfamFashion #foundinoxfam

DIY T-shirt Rug

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The Ultimate 3 Day Declutter Guide Part 2: How to Clear the Clutter

Declutter Day has finally arrived! I hope you’re wearing something comfortable and you’re ready to take on the world… or at least, the designated area you’ve set out to clear.


Get everyone on the right page

There’s no point in embarking on a declutter mission if the people helping you are clueless. First let them know your goals and secondly give them jobs, so they know exactly what they’re supposed to be doing.

Identify clutter stations

While you’re going through all that mess, it’s a good idea to organise your clutter straight away. To do this, you must take four sheets of paper and write the words ‘Donate’, ‘Sell’, ‘Throw / Recycle’ and finally ‘Undecided’. If an item isn’t needed in your home, it’s time to choose which section it will go into.

‘Donate’ all the items that still work, but you never use. You will be helping others, so give your items to your local Oxfam shop or donation bank.

‘Sell’ any items such as white goods, electrical items or anything else that you think someone would pay for. Broken electrical goods are even welcome on sites like eBay or at a car boot sale!

‘Throw or recycle’ all those things that you no longer need or that don’t work. Be ruthless and take care to identify items that are recyclable.

‘Undecided’ is for those items that you truly can’t bear to part with. Don’t worry, I won’t force you to get rid of them today! A decluttering secret I can share with you is this – fill up a cardboard box with all that clutter that you can neither decide to keep or get rid of. Find a home for this box, out of the way somewhere – perhaps a loft or in a garage, seal it with tape and write the date of one year in the future.

Once that date comes around, donate the box without opening it. You may not even remember what the box contained when the year is up!

Help sort out your clutter

Give it some thought

Give each item real thought before you decide to either keep, or add it to a clutter station. Ask the following questions:

  • When did I last use this?
  • Will I ever use this again?
  • Is this item of use to me?
  • Does it bring me happiness?

The longer you take with each item, the better a commitment you make to your decision.

I am a strong believer of repeating the following sentences in your head:

  1. I will not keep something out of guilt or obligation
  2. I am not afraid to let go

This will remind you that getting rid of an item does not make you a bad person, nor should you hold onto something out of fear or expectation.


How to donate with Oxfam

Now you’ve got lots of unwanted items that can be donated, it’s time to get down to Oxfam. They accept all types of things, including:

  • Good quality clean clothing / shoes / bras
  • Bags / Accessories
  • Books
  • Music – CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays & More
  • Homeware
  • Soft furnishings
  • Knitted items / blankets
  • Toys / Games
  • Furniture
  • Mobile phones

If you are unsure what Oxfam will accept, ask at your local Oxfam shop or ring support at 0300 200 1333.

Oxfam and M&S have made it even easier to donate your unwanted clothes. Drop off all those clothes that you have found during your Declutter Day and drop them off at your local Oxfam shops or M&S. If your donation contains an M&S labelled piece of clothing or M&S soft furnishings, then you will receive a £5 M&S voucher for a shop over £35.

For every £1 donated to Oxfam…

37p goes to Emergency Response
3p goes to campaigning for change
8p goes to fundraising costs
10p goes to support and running costs
42p goes to development work

Decluttering and donating will help people who need it – you’ll be helping to fight poverty around the world.

Go you!

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The Ultimate 3 Day Declutter Guide Part 1: Declutter Preperation

I’m a messy person. There, I’ve admitted it. I also like to buy shiny new things for the kitchen, clothes for my wardrobe and thingamabobs for the home. Messiness and a shopping passion result in a very cluttered existence. This all changed when I looked at the cupboard, I mean, really looked at the cupboard and realised I didn’t need half the items located inside.

It was time to face the music – I needed to declutter my house… for good.

If, like me, you have the same problem, this is not something you can go into lightly. Here are my top tips on how to prepare for decluttering your home.

1. Identify a decluttering goal

There is no point in saying to yourself that you’re going to declutter the house. You need a specific and measurable goal, such as ‘I want to let go of at least 10 items of clothing so my wardrobe has more space in it’. Once you’ve identified this, you will have a clear plan in your head.

Planning your Declutter

2. Write a declutter list

Now your goal has been chosen, it’s time to write yourself a checklist. For example… if you were clearing your wardrobe out to make space, this list could include the following tasks:

  • Remove any clothes that you haven’t worn in the last year
  • Remove any clothes that don’t fit
  • Remove any clothes that cannot be mended

3. Pick the day and stick to it

Break out the calendar and find a day that’s completely free of social activities. Communicate when ‘Declutter Day’ is to be to the rest of your household and make sure they know that no visitors are allowed on the day. Your family or housemates can either stay and help you, or they can leave your home for the day!

Congratulations, you’re now ready for ‘Declutter Day’. Keep your eyes peeled for my next post 

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The Ultimate 3 Day Declutter Guide Part 3: Keeping the Clutter Clear, a Tidy Life

Congratulations, you’ve successfully decluttered and achieved your goal. It’s now time to organise all those items that you do need and make sure the clutter doesn’t build up again. 

Identify day-to-day vs hardly ever items

It’s important to first deal with all the items that you’ve established you really can’t live without and the solution is simple. Place the items that you hardly ever use up high, away in those hard-to-reach places and the items that you use daily, in easy-to-reach places that you can reach without standing on tiptoes or bending down.

Tips to keep tidy

Choose multipurpose furniture

Now you’ve got rid of the clutter it’s time to find the storage solutions that are right for you. Consider multipurpose furniture that does lots of jobs instead of one, such as a footstool with hidden compartments for DVDs, or an ottoman that you can sit on, and store bedding in. Find out if you’re near to an Oxfam furniture shop here.

Treat yourself and make it look gorgeous

You’ve achieved your decluttering so take your time and make it look great. Give everything a lick of paint and invest in gorgeous cupboards and draw dividers. It’s your chance to keep precious items organised, clean and beautiful!

Clothes tidy

Rules for keeping that clutter at bay

1. Buy less – If you’re in a shop and something exciting has caught you eye but you know you don’t need it, take a deep breath and walk away.

2. Recycle, file or frame paper – Paper can easily build up in your house. Make a point to sort it out as quickly as possible. If it’s recyclable, put it in the bin, file if you need to keep it or frame if you child has created a masterpiece.

3. Get people on board – It’s all very well and good that you’ve decided to keep your home uncluttered, but if everyone in your household isn’t aware, there may be some problems! Let your family or housemates know of your intentions and together you’ll be able to stay on top of it.

4. Write a pay day wish list – It’s only natural to want some new things for the house every now and again, so if you’re a shopping fan, why not write a wish list? Each time you find something you like, note it down and at the end of the month near to pay day, check it. You may discover some items on the list no longer interest you.

5. Get a clutter basket – Get a big basket for the living room, or wherever your household makes a lot of clutter. Every evening fill the basket with all the clutter that has built up during the day and return it to their rightful homes.

Give yourself a pat on the back and bask in your clutter-free existence. You’ve done it!

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Winners of Oxfam vintage fashion competition revealed. See the stylish shots now…

Four fashionistas, each with a passion for vintage, have won Oxfam’s competition to find its faces of decades of vintage fashion #VintageFaceAndStyle.

The women, all respected fashion bloggers, showcase the looks of 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s in photographs viewable on the Oxfam Online Shop.

The images, which encapsulate the looks of each era, were taken by leading photographer Benjamin Tietge at Oxfam’s huge recycling hub Wastesaver in West Yorkshire. Make-up was by celebrity stylist Rosie Lewis. Andrew Williams Senior Stylist at Nicky Clarke worked the hair.

The Daily Telegraph’s Senior Fashion News and Features Editor Victoria Moss, herself a dedicated and discerning vintage fashion fan, judged the competition.

Victoria chose: 1950s Nora Thoeng, 29, norafinds.com; 1960s Sarah Brewer, 28, stylesixites.blogspot.co.uk; 1970s Leigh Travers, 25, foxandfeather.com; and 1980s Kristin McIlquham, 35, tightscameraaction.com.

“Fashion is currently having a love affair with mid century colours and inspirations,” said Victoria. “Sarah has a brilliant and enviable grasp of sixties style and her look feels current. Leigh’s look clearly takes inspiration from the 70s but feels very now as well, which is clever.”

All four winners were delighted to be picked. Nora, a molecular biologist researching motor neurone disease, even wears 1950s clothes to the lab.
“I wear vintage full time but since I’m a scientist I don’t wear my favourite vintage clothes to work because it can get messy in the lab. The 1950s is the most popular vintage decade – it never really left. You still see the 50s silhouette in modern fashion – the small waist and full circle skirt. It’s very elegant and feminine. You still see it on the runway of Christian Dior,” she said.

Kristin spends her spare time in charity shops. “Dedicate a day to vintage shopping. If you’ve never done it before, take a chance. Pick one shirt because you love the colour,” she advises.

Oxfam has more than 670 high street shops and the huge Oxfam Online Shop, which raise crucial funds for Oxfam’s work fighting poverty and suffering across the globe.

Many shops have vintage sections, while the Oxfam Online Shop is a virtual world where fashion lovers and collectors discover treasures from the past at amazing prices to create looks that are totally on trend.

Richard Saint, Oxfam Senior E-Commerce Product Manager said, “Our four winners are super stylish and influential women who share their flair and passion for vintage on social media. They rely on charity shops to create their looks. The Oxfam Online Shop is a huge virtual department store where shoppers can time travel at their leisure and find items from yesteryear and yesterday to mix and create looks that are bang up to date.”

For more information and interviews contact Emma Fabian, Press Officer 01865 47 2193, efabian1@oxfam.org.uk.

Notes to Editors

Oxfam is a global movement of people all working towards the same goal – an end to the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters, help people earn a living, and speak out on the big issues, like inequality and climate change, that keep people poor. And we won’t stop until we get there. Join us!

• For every £1 donated to Oxfam, 84p goes directly on emergency, development and campaigning work, 8p is spent on support costs, and 8p is invested to generate future revenue.

Oxfam Online Shop is the UK’s biggest charity shop with thousands of unique treasures all in one place, from the Oxfam Unwrapped range of charity gifts to more than 100,000 unique second-hand items. There are over 50,000 books, more than 23,000 women’s clothing and accessories items, 13,000 music products, films and video games and 6,000 items of homewares and collectibles. Oxfam shops across the country upload new items to the site every day, and volunteers at two central hubs, based in Milton Keynes and Batley,
Yorkshire, upload thousands of new items a week.

• Wastesaver is Oxfam’s central hub for all things vintage. It’s where unique clothing donations – from high street fashion to vintage gems – are sorted and listed online. Oxfam’s individual high street shops also list donations online, from designer labels to signed books and second-hand cameras.

• Victoria Moss is Senior Fashion News and Features Editor at the Daily Telegraph. Previously she was Acting Fashion Features Director at Marie Claire and Fashion Features Editor at Instyle. Victoria writes a regular column at Instyle.

• Photographer Benjamin Tietge was Mario Testino’s former first assistant and has also worked with Annie Leibovitz.

• Rosie Lewis is a QVC presenter who has made up faces from Hollywood to Brentwood and even the Prime Minister.

• Andrew Williams is Senior Stylist at Nicky Clarke’s salons.