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The Laundry Project

USED aim to raise awareness about key issues of consumption and sustainability whilst introducing skills to help people reclaim ownership of their lives. We want this message to be accessible to everyone and personal situations shouldn’t stop anyone participating. Through community projects we feel that we can make positive change.

The Laundry Project was designed as a series of workshops exploring stories and opinions with a group of women who have experienced homelessness now, or in their past. Throughout the project USED and the women will work through creative processes and disciplines to stitch together stories and explore the key issues of the UK homeless.

This project has been supported by donors to the Goldsmiths Annual Fund and awarded funding from IdeasTap.

IdeasTap is a charity that funds, connects and nurtures new creative talent. It was launched in December 2008 as the arts platform of The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust. In the past year IdeasTap has supported young artists with around £200,000 of cash funding.

We aim to curate and present the work made during this project at an exhibition in May on Oxford Street, thanks to our friends, 3space.

Updates on The Laundry Project and the upcoming exhibition can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/USEDcic

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Made In Peckham

Here’s a ‘behind the scenes’ shot of our fundraising video.

We hit Peckham High Street with a camera and a vague idea – to make a quick, light-hearted video that highlights our project and a brief overview of the issues that are close to our hearts.

Only a few months ago Peckham was one of the areas hit by the London riots as groups of people across London took to the streets and looted local shops.

Meghan, the star of our video, slipped into her heels and into the mindset of a crazed consumer. In the photo above, she talks to a local Peckham resident about USED, but mainly about her shoes.

The result is here:

http://www.wefund.com/project/used

All money raised from the video will go to helping us move into our new workspace in North London – a disused and vacant office space – with the help of 3Space.

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Show Us Your Space

With so many redundant shops and office spaces popping up around the country we got in talks with 3Space to put a roof over our heads and find a suitable home for the bags of reclaimed materials we’ve been rescuing from being thrown away and provide a space that we can work on re-using them.

The premise of 3Space, a charity, is to work with landlords who have an empty space to provide Community Interest Companies, social enterprises and other charities with a free temporary office or pop-up shop whilst it’s vacant and unused. Their aim is to help regenerate an area by making use of available premises, supporting local communities as well as giving organisations a platform to work their magic.

Our new space ties in nicely with the USED ethos, of using our available resources to make our upcycling community. A place where we can work on our range of clothes made from reclaimed materials, and to work with the community to skill-share, connect with our existing materials and create new from old.

Our aim is to be in our new working environment by the end of the month.

3Space are currently running a competition to charitable organisations with the chance to win the use of a free retail unit and £1500. See here for more details: http://www.highstreethijack.org/

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