Gladrags volunteer Eva

Eva – passionate about fashion

Eva has been volunteering at Gladrags in Moulsecoomb since 2018. Gladrags is a unique, eco-minded charity that provides over 7000 costumes to schools, youth and community groups, amateur & fringe theatre, and the wider arts community.

Eva was motivated to become a volunteer after reconnecting with her love of textiles. “I knew I wanted to apply for a degree in textile design and was looking for a way to expand upon my fashion and textile knowledge, which is where Gladrags came in!”

Typically, Eva is involved with ‘front of house duties’ such as greeting customers and helping them source costumes, recording and organising the hires and returns, and the occasional mending job! However, every shift is different, which she loves.

“I encounter such varied customers at Gladrags. One minute I’m sourcing what feels like hundreds of lost boy outfits for a Peter Pan production and then I swing by Tudor England, with time to hop over to WW2! I never know what era I’ll spend the afternoon in! Being around such a vast library of costumes has also been an excellent first-hand education on historical dress.”

Besides feeling inspired for her own design practice, volunteering at Gladrags has benefited Eva in other ways. “Volunteering at Gladrags has greatly improved my confidence. I feel far more able to lead a group and meet new people than I was before.”

“I have also been very fortunate to make great friends at Gladrags and be involved in other outreach projects such as the suffragette sash making workshop I helped run at a local school. It was lovely to introduce sewing in an historical context to year 6 pupils.”

Eva highly recommends volunteering. “It’s a real mood boost to know you have contributed back to the local community. It’s a fantastic way to get involved in your community in a low-pressure environment.”

“Volunteering at Gladrags has greatly improved my confidence. I feel far more able to lead a group and meet new people than I was before.”

“Volunteering at Gladrags has greatly improved my confidence. I feel far more able to lead a group and meet new people than I was before.”

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