By Alesha Capone
Wolf Graf says he enjoys seeing the creative ways in which his students upcycle clothes and materials into new garments.
Graf teaches sewing classes at the Wyndham Community & Education Centre (WCEC) to help people gain skills to become self-employed, do a job placement or pursue study at TAFE or university.
Graf is also seeking expressions of interest from residents who would like to participate in future clothing alteration and upcycling short courses, to be held at the Wyndham Park Community Centre in Werribee and the Penrose Promenade Community Centre in Tarneit.
The courses will likely run as three weekly sessions, consisting of three hours each.
The courses, which are facilitated by the WCEC, are considered pre-accredited (non-certificate) courses and are offered free for eligible students.
Graf said that once enough people expressed interest in the classes, a starting date will be scheduled for the courses.
“The important thing to me is that I’m not just teaching skills but teaching a passion for it,” he said.
Graf said that without a passion for upcycling or craft, individuals would not embark on their own projects.
“When I see people develop something and run with it, it is so satisfying to see that,” he said.
Graf said his upcycling courses did not involve all students sitting down to do the one thing, but rather people working on their own projects, planning them out and figuring out what resources to use.
To find out more or register your interest in a class, contact the WCEC on 9742 4013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.