Pro ARTS Gallery is introducing a new slow tech MAKER SPACE to share sustainable practices. This project will focus on disruptive technologies, sustainability, the commons, skill sharing, d.i.y. culture, cooperation, and co-production. The co-founder and director of this project is multi-disciplinary artist, technologist, and maker Praba Pilar.

Our first workshop series will be on Slow Fashion.  Fashion and textile production is extremely damaging to the environment and grotesquely abusive to human labor.  In this series, we will learn practical and material ways to get out of that damaging cycle. All levels of sewing experience invited – no sewing experience necessary. The series will take place on April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019, from 3-6pm at Pro Arts Gallery, workshop descriptions below. Check back for updates on upcoming workshops and events!





WHEN: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. followed by a social mixer; Saturdays of April 6, April 13, April 20, and April 27 –  2019

WHERE: Pro Arts Gallery (150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612)

PRICE: $240 per person for the whole series OR $70 for a drop-in per session. $20 one time fee for materials, due on the first day of workshops.

DISCOUNTS: 10% discount for current Pro Arts members. Become a member or renew here:

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April 6, 2019 Workshop

Learn about the worldwide sustainability movement of slow fashion, from upcycling to trashion, and all the ways to participate and join in. We begin this series by making our own dress form, customized to our own body, to take home. Having a dress form of your own dimensions opens up endless possibilities for alteration and customization of your clothes – with or without sewing experience.

April 13, 2019 Workshop

Learn practical aspects of ethical design for clothing, costuming, and wearable art. We will look at the ideas and concepts underlying fashion design in selected revolutionary settings, and get an overview of sustainable fashion activism. We will begin exploring the properties of textiles, and work with drawings, collage, idea boards, and other media to identify key elements of our own approach to this growing this field – and complete one garment to take home.

April 20, 2019 Workshop

Learn practical skills in upcycling and remaking clothes and accessories. We will fully explore the material properties of textiles, from fabrics to rugs to upholstery, and learn how to join these wildly different materials. We will learn how to instantly alter our own wardrobe in permanent and non permanent ways..

April 27, 2019 Workshop

Alter your own wardrobe to fit the different you(s) better, through multiple methods – from layering, to banding, to clipping, to zipping, to grommets, and more. We will work on our clothes, combining materials from around our house or thrift stores to alter our clothing. This final workshop of the series will expand your fashion toolkit in ways that fit your values in sustainable ways – whether they are vegan, textured, gender neutral, futuristic, queer extravaganza or more. We will cover resources available, through online and offline networks, to be a part of the slow fashion movement.



Praba Pilar has done award winning public art, worked as a sustainable production designer, created sets, made all the costumes for her performances through upcycling, and ran her own successful hat business. You can learn more about her work on her website.




*Space is limited. Contact us at with questions & concerns.