Workshops to encourage people to get creative and explore links between mental health and fashion


People in Edinburgh will have the opportunity to attend a series of workshops exploring the links between fashion and their own mental health and wellbeing.

The workshops have been created by the mental health charity Penumbra in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art and Saheliya, a mental health service which supports black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The nine workshop programme will encourage people to think about the positive and negative affects fashion can have on their mental health and wellbeing. This will include exploring diversity within the fashion industry and fashion in other cultures.

As part of the workshops participants will design and create their own fashion pieces from up-cycled materials, which will be exhibited at the National Museum of Scotland.

The programme will take place over the next three month, finishing with the week-long exhibition in February 2018.

Workshop dates:

  • 10 November 2017 – Examples of diversity in the Fashion Industry
  • 17 November 2017 – Creating a collage
  • 24 November 2017 – Making a fashion piece from up-cycled materials
  • 1 December 2017 – Fashion and other cultures
  • 8 December 2017 – Planning your design
  • 12 January 2018 – Making your design and sharing your thoughts on mental health and fashion
  • 19 January 2018 – Pre-exhibition preparation
  • 3 – 10 February 2018 – Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland

More information

If you would like to attend please contact Nikki Kilburn from Penumbra by emailing Support Workers are also welcome to come along.

For more information please contact Robin Murphy on 0131 475 2569 or email

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