Designer bags made of discarded Eurovision advertising tarps

For many of you, the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is already in the distant past. But for those of you who keep the venue close to your heart, you can now start wearing it too. Quite literally!

In the Gabarage workshop located in the 4th district of the Austrian capital and this year’s Eurovision host city – Vienna, designer bags are made of discarded Eurovision 2015 tarps by former drug and alcohol addicts. The upcycling workshop was founded in 2002 in cooperation with the Anton Proksch Institute, the largest drug rehabilitation centre in Europe. The goal is to facilitate former addicts their way back to the labour market.

Amongst the material used to create different products like lamps, furniture pieces, bags, jewellry, and accessories, are tarps which were employed for advertising purposes during Eurovision Song Contest held in Vienna last May.

Four different designs of bags with a Eurovision motif are on offer. In making the bags, the Eurovision advertising tarps are firstly washed, then pressed, cut to shape and finally sewn to a piece of Eurovision art. However, if one has a special wish of what his/her own bag shall look like, these ideas can be realised as well.

We want to offer a range – from small, low-priced bags up to really big bags that can be used in everyday situations, whether it would be for shopping or for going a night out,

said Victoria Kadernoschka, from Gabarage.

The demand for these bags is high. In total, only about 200 bags will be sewn and put up on the market, with a price tag ranging from 19 to 95 euros, depending on the size and design.

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