Events & Workshops
Each season we bring together like-minded, creative individuals through a series of events, talks and workshops both online and in our shops. We hope you can take part.
We also host live shows each week, bringing our community together through a series of styling conversations, talks with our makers and guided tutorials led by the TOAST team. Join our upcoming TOAST Live events or watch our past shows.
TOAST Circle Talks and Clothes Swaps
TOAST Circle, our clothes swapping initiative, looks at the life of a garment beyond its first wearer, and allows us to foster a more conscious, thoughtful and circular lifestyle. Since launching in 2019, we have helped our customers to swap more than 1,500 garments.
Over the next couple of months join us in our shops for thought-provoking conversations and a chance to swap your TOAST garments. A Q&A will follow each talk. Alternatively, you can watch live online via our TOAST Circle page. During each event you will hear from thought leaders in the field of fashion circularity and have the opportunity to discuss questions, connect with your local community and cultivate longevity in your own wardrobe.
The Circular Economy with Katie Treggiden
Join founder and director of Making Design Circular, Katie Treggiden, to hear about the role that taking part in the circular economy can play in personal wellbeing and building community.
The Role of Styling & Community with Alice Wilby and Katelyn Toth-Fejel
Join creative consultant, educator and activist Alice Wilby and designer, artist and PhD researcher Katelyn Toth-Fejel as they discuss the role of styling and community to tackle the climate crisis.
The Craft of Use with Kate Fletcher
Join Kate Fletcher, Professor at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, for a talk exploring ideas and practices of durability including from outside the global north, clothing volumes and the usership of garments..
TOAST Harrogate, Thu 19 May, 6pm - 9pm.
Eternally Yours at Somerset House
This summer we are taking part in the Somerset House show, Eternally Yours, a free exhibition exploring ideas around repair, care and healing. From Thu 16 June to Sun 25 September, you are invited to appreciate the worn and aged, uncovering the history and emotional value of the items we hold on to, rather than discard.
We will present a display from textile artists who have repurposed TOAST materials, exploring different repair techniques. Alongside this, there will be a series of workshops and mending consultations with creators including Molly Martin, Ekta Kaul, Amy Goacher and Tom Collison. Tickets for individual events can be booked from Thu 5 May via Somerset House.
Thu 16 June - Sun 25 September
Prices for individual events vary. You will also have the opportunity to donate* to the Crafts Council UK. All you need to take part is a webcam and microphone - we suggest using a laptop or desktop computer, but you can also use your tablet or mobile phone. We recommend using a WiFi connection to avoid data charges. Virtual workshops will be available to watch on demand for up to 14 days following the live event.
Please register using the links below to confirm your place.
Pickling and Fermentation with Missy
Join east London-based founders of Missy fermentary and restaurant, Clare Geraghty and Rona Jones for a pickling and fermentation workshop. They will provide you with the knowledge and techniques to create your own kraut, pickles and hot sauce at home. This workshop is suitable for beginners.
Tickets cost £10.
50% of ticket sales will be donated to Crafts Council UK.
Wed 18 May, 6.30pm BST (7.30pm CEST / 1.30pm EDT), 1 hour 15 mins.
Natural Dyeing Discussion with Kathryn Davey
Join Kathryn Davey, a natural dyer based in Dublin, for an overview of her dyeing process and the seasonal plants you can use this spring. This workshop is suitable for beginners.
Tickets cost £10.
50% of ticket sales will be donated to Crafts Council UK.
Wed 25 May, 6pm BST (7pm CEST / 1pm EDT), 1 hour 20 mins.
In Our Shops
Rose Arbuthnott Exhibition at TOAST Cheltenham
Visit TOAST Cheltenham to see a curation of local artist Rose Arbuthnott’s still life paintings alongside our SS22 collection. Having studied at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Drawing School in London, she now creates work from her studio in Gloucestershire.
The exhibition can be viewed from Fri 13 May until Sun 29 May during normal opening hours.
Thu 19 May, 5 - 8pm.
Poetry Workshop with Diana Hendry at TOAST Edinburgh
Join local poet Diana Hendry and the team at TOAST Edinburgh for an afternoon poetry workshop. She will guide you through writing poems about clothes, whether belonging to you or someone else, new, loved or lost.
Diana has published six collections of poetry, alongside being a celebrated children's author of over 40 books. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, based at Edinburgh University, and a writer-in-residence at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
Tickets cost £10 and include refreshments.
Fri 20 May, 2.30 - 5.30pm.
Past Events | Watch Again
Rural Kind | Time to Make
Rural Kind founder Mike Watt creates waxed canvas bags out of an old schoolhouse he is renovating in Carmarthenshire, Wales. His pieces respond to the natural landscape surrounding the workshop, being hardwearing and robust against the Welsh weather.
For this Time to Make, Mike creates one of the waxed canvas belt pouches. It has a press-stud leather loop at the drawstring top, allowing you to attach it to a belt, making it useful for long walks or cycles.
Read more about Mike's process on the TOAST Magazine.
Amelia Pemberton of Darn | Time to Make
From a converted barn in a quiet, rural village near Redruth in Cornwall, Amelia Pemberton runs her label Darn, creating vibrant pieces to wear or decorate the home.
For this Time to Make, Amelia gathers magnolia flowers to draw from, returning to her converted barn studio to demonstrate how she created designs for two scarves, which are exclusive to TOAST.
Read more about Amelia's process on the TOAST Magazine.
Studio Kettle | Time to Make
Alex Jones designs, cuts and makes hats and bags for his label Studio Kettle in Hull, Yorkshire, inspired by the history of the port city. The weather is often cold and windy, and so the textiles used are hardwearing and protective, such as waxed cotton.
For this Time to Make, Alex creates one of his signature pint bags and explores the banks of the River Humber. Alex cuts the waxed canvas by hand, then sews the pieces together using topstitching to ensure they will last.
Read more about Alex's process on the TOAST Magazine.
Seaweed Foraging and Pressing with Molesworth & Bird | Time to Make
Melanie Molesworth and Julia Bird co-founded their seaweed design company, Molesworth & Bird, in 2018. The pair met over 30 years ago and began foraging and pressing seaweed after they both moved away from London – Julia to Cornwall and Melanie to Dorset.
For this Time to Make, Melanie and Julia go seaweed foraging on the Lyme Regis coastline and create pressings in their studio. They only gather seaweed that has washed up naturally on the coastline, or is floating freely in the shallows after a storm, to ensure there is no damage to the ecosystem.
Read more about the pair's seaweed design company on the TOAST Magazine.
TOAST Creative Residency
Our annual TOAST Creative Residency brings together our community of creative individuals. This year, we hosted our first blended Creative Residency at the Crafts Council Gallery in Islington.
Each event was inspired by our seasonal campaign Rewilding, connecting individuals and fostering thought. The three-day programme of talks, workshops and live demonstrations from willow weaving and needle tufting to growing your own microgreens and mindful whittling is now available to access on-demand.
*All donations you make will support:
Crafts Council UK, the national charity for craft. Funds raised will support the work they do to inspire making, empower learning and nurture craft businesses. We jointly believe craft skills and knowledge enrich and uplift us as individuals, and, in doing so, will change our world for the better.
Find more information about how you can support Crafts Council and their important work on their website.