Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Creative Clothes Recycling Event Comes to NZ

Press Release:

Creative Clothes Recycling Event Comes to NZ

For Immediate Release: 30 November 2009

The first New Zealand Swap-O-Rama-Rama creative clothes recycling event comes to Lyttelton on February 20 as part of the Lyttelton Summer Festival.

This international event was started in New York as a way to save old clothes from the landfill with creativity and community spirit. Swap-O-Rama-Rama is more than a clothing swap. It is a six-hour event where participants have an opportunity to alter, modify or embellish their swap finds.

A donation and a bag of clothes are required for entry. The clothes are then sorted into big piles and participants dive in. Sewing and screen printing stations as well as DIY workshops help “swappers” to modify and embellish their finds. A catwalk is available for those keen to strut their results. Food, coffee, roving entertainment will make Swap-O-Rama-Rama a full day event.

Swap-O-Rama-Rama was developed by New York artist Wendy Tremayne in 2004. It grew from a private, home event to a large-scale public event and then spread across the globe – from Jerusalem to Istanbul to Perth.

When Lyttelton resident Kris Herbert heard about Swap-O-Rama-Rama, she thought it would be a great event for her community.

“I put the idea out to Project Lyttelton and they came back straight away with an enthusiastic invitation to add Swap-O-Rama-Rama to the Summer Festival agenda,” Herbert says. “I love the creative edge that this event has. I hope people will leave with an armful of clothes and a year’s worth of inspiration.

“The world is awash with chucked-out, Chinese-made clothes and it just takes a bit of sideways thinking to break out of that cycle. I hope people will get a taste for the satisfaction of recycling and doing-it-yourself.”

The Lyttelton Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a fundraiser for Project Lyttelton, a grass-roots community organisation which strives to build a sustainable, connected community in the Lyttelton Harbour Basin. Project Lyttelton’s initiatives include the Community Gardens, Timebank and Farmer’s Market. The group also puts on two major festivals each year.

“I think Swap-O-Rama-Rama will become a regular favourite on the Lyttelton Festival calendar,” Herbert says.

NZ Website:
International website:
Project Lyttelton website:


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Roddy Doyle's Grim and Gritty Rosie

Although it was completed over two years ago, Roddy Doyle's first original screenplay in over eighteen years has only just arrived in New Zealand. It's been well worth the wait. More>>

Simon Nathan: No Ordinary In-Laws

The title of this short memoir by Keith Ovenden is misleading – it would be better called “Bill, Shirley and me” as it is an account of Ovenden’s memories of his parents-in-law, Bill Sutch and Shirley Smith. His presence is pervasive through the book. All three participants are (or were) eloquent, strongly-opinionated intellectuals who have made significant contributions to different aspects of New Zealand life. Their interactions were often complex and difficult... More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland