A series of workshops exploring and teaching textile based upcycling.

Participants joined Afri-Co-Lab for ‘UpCycle Your Life’, a series of free mini-making online workshops with Ugandan sisters Anna and Lilly, helping local St Leonards residents turn clothing that’s reached the end of it’s life into glorious gifts.

By the end of each session every participant had a gift for themselves and a gift to share and spent time with new folks; all with a hint of Afri-Co-Lab’s Uganglish-flavour.

In real time, as a group Anna and Lilly guided the group step by step, sharing top tips to achieve great makes that you will be proud of!

The first ‘UpCycle Your Life’ workshops took place in January and February 2021 (details below) with the final two happening in October 2022.



On Zoom
31st January or 7th February 2021

Learn new skills and showcase your creativity at these free UpCycling online workshops led by AfrI-Co-Lab.

Ugandan sisters Anna and Lilly will teach you how to turn unloved denim into two banana or star shaped hanging Lavenders bags. Keep one and gift another- sending calming vibes out into 2021. All materials are provided in advance for free via post.

Booking is essential and spaces are limited, so secure your place now via the online form on the Afri-Co-Lab website and they will be in touch with more information.

Access: They will be using Otter A.I live captioning

Further Information on UpCycle Your Life – Online Workshops
1. You will need to be a resident of St Leonards-On-Sea and the surrounding area
2. Mini make sessions are delivered online via Zoom
3. You will need a free zoom account – sign up here: https://zoom.com/
4. Under 16’s are welcome but must have adult permission, under 14’s must have supervision
5. Session spaces are limited and you will need a workshop kit to participate
6. Kits are available free of charge and will be posted to you so you must be able to provide an address via the online application form

If you have questions about any of the above, don’t worry get in touch with Afri-Co-Lab via:
● Facebook: @AfriCoLab
● Instagram: @Afri.Co.Lab
● Email: afri.co.lab.uk@gmail.com


UpCycle Your Life is headed up by Afri-Co-Lab aka Anna & LillyDesigner-Maker sisters Anna & Lilly. They bring you the best in Uganglish style UpCycled fashion, accessories and creative workshops.

You can find Anna and Lilly in their St Leonards studio, turning unwanted pieces into next season’s must have, combining their favourite things Uganda, Sustainability and the English seaside into their ranges.

When they’re not combing the streets of St Leonards for new projects they’re busy devising new workshops and events. From mono printing with schools to helping folks hone their own renegade sewing skills, always looking for ways to spread the creative love.

UpCycle Your Life is part of Pitch - a public call-out for funding proposals that took place in September 2020 for new creative projects in St Leonards. 

Supported by

Good Stuff in St Leonards, a community-led programme of creative activities and events funded by Creative Civic Change and facilitated by local arts charity Home Live Art

If you have any questions or queries regarding Good Stuff please email hannah@goodstuffinstlens.com