FASHIONISTAS from across Leeds will see their catwalk creations come to life at free workshops starting this week.
The Passion 4 Fashion project offers local residents the chance to learn skills such as stitching, designing, customising and money management.
Now in its second year, the project will run six workshops every week from its new unit at Leeds Kirkgate Market.
The sessions, which are open to everyone, will see participants given a budget of £20 to source their materials.
The hundreds of budding young designers will then scour the market for fabric and inspiration.
The project is co-ordinated by Leeds Federated Housing Association (LFHA), Leeds City Council and other local housing providers.
Leeds Markets donated the unit especially for the project.
Sue Burgess, manager of Leeds Markets, said: “It’s really important to us that Kirkgate Market provides as many opportunities as possible for people to do the things they love and access new skills.
“By supporting Passion 4 Fashion we’re also reminding people about the great fabrics and accessories available here.”
The first weekly workshops are now underway and day workshops will also be held, offering fashion confidence, knit and natter, t-shirt customisation and repairs under the expert guidance of local eco-designers Ketchup Clothing, Re-Made and Fabrication.
At the end of the project, an exhibition will be held in the unit showing films, photos and clothing.
A fashion show involving all participants will also be held at Leeds Town Hall on September 21.
Sue Jennings, from LFHA, said: “We are excited to be in the vibrant atmosphere Leeds markets has to offer.”
To book a place in the workshops or for more information, call Leeds Federated Housing Association on 0113 386 1200.