I love teaching slow fashion and fiber arts. It’s a core part of my studio practice and my work in community building, social practice, and supporting Slow Fashion through handcraft, sustainability, and mindfulness or “mendfulness”. Teaching is the cornerstone of my work. I offer workshops and tutorials online, in-person, and through my books. My workshops range from just a few hours to week-long retreats, see below for upcoming classes.
2018 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
May 30- June 3, 2018– New England Fiber Arts Summit, Mending Workshop: I’m teaching at the Fiber Arts Summit at Wing & A Prayer Farm in southern Vermont. I’ll teach a Sashiko Mending Workshop and also lead an interactive talk about slow fashion and making your wardrobe more mindful, meaningful, and well-loved. Registration details on the Wing & A Prayer website. UPDATE: This workshop is now SOLD OUT.
June 16, 2018–Brooklyn Flea in Brooklyn, NY, Mending Workshop: I’m teaching an afternoon Sashiko Mending workshop with the Brooklyn Flea at their exciting Industry City location in Brooklyn, NY. Workshop will be held from 1-4:30 inside the building tucked away in a private booth, but space is limited so be sure to sign up soon. This is one of my most intimate city workshops allowing for ample one-on-one assistance and individual attention when stitching and mending. For details, check out the workshop page on my site or buy tickets directly from the event page. Flea market is open 10-5pm so you could browse for a vintage garment that might magically need some mending and then come to the workshop in the afternoon.
July 13-15, 2018–Hudson Valley, Natural Dye Retreat: Join me for a weekend dye workshop, Natural Dye Workshop: Local Plant Color for Eco-Citizens, with the ever-inspirational Br. Aidan also known as The Knitting Monk. We’ll forage and harvest local plants that produce beautiful color on cotton, linen, silk, and wool. We’ll demystify the use of nontoxic mordants and modifiers, why they are important in binding plant color to fiber, and what local plants produce natural mordants too. We’ll discuss color for yarn, fabric, and paper; selecting secondhand garments for dyes; slow fashion and environmental activism; starting a dye garden and more. We’ll conclude with a simple slow stitching project to turn a dye swatch into a small amulet for a special necklace, pocket charm, or pendant. Of course, this retreat is open to anyone of any, all, or no faith, lifestyle, religion, or philosophy. Retreat runs Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, meals and housing included. See the details on the Holy Cross Monastery website.
July 22-27, 2018– Saco, Maine, Slow Fashion Retreat: I’m thrilled to return to the gorgeous coast of Maine for this second annual Slow Fashion Retreat organized by A Gathering of Stitches (AGOS). I’ll be teaching mending and Sashiko stitching, joined by teachers, Cal Patch teaching garment sewing and Jessica Lewis Stevens teaching natural dyes. This is a larger retreat at 30 participants and there is still room to join us so be sure to check out all the glorious details–our classrooms are across the street from the ocean. Details on the AGOS website, registration is now open.
August 11, 2018– Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY, Natural Dye Workshop: I’m leading an introductory-level natural dye workshop on the beautiful, historic grounds at Olana where legendary Hudson River School painter, Frederic Church, lived and worked. In this workshop we’ll forage plant materials from the beautiful grounds and create natural dyes for fibers such as wool, silk, cotton, and linen. We’ll also tour the house, admire the gardens, and muse on the history of color and Church’s extraordinary use of color in designing and decorating his home. This workshop will run 10am-1pm and is perfectly suited for the beginner looking to learn the basics of plant dyes or the intermediate dyer looking to work with whole-plant dyes, foraged materials, and wildcrafted color. This workshop is sponsored by Olana State Historic Site and the Olana Partnership and therefore workshop fees are made as accessible as possible. Cannot wait to join you for this beautiful location. Tickets are here.
MY BARN STUDIO RETREAT
September 21-23, 2018–Slow Textiles Retreat in the Hudson Valley, NY
I’m thrilled to host this first weekend workshop in my private art studio with my dear friend and dyer-extraordinaire, Sasha Duerr. We’ll forage dye plants from my garden, dye, stitch, mend, consider how slow textiles plays a role in slow living, while eating delicious local food with like-minded folks. Update: This retreat is now SOLD OUT with a full wait list, but you can read the details and get a sense of future retreats–over here.
2018 ONLINE WORKSHOPS
I’ve taught several online workshops over the years and I’m currently working to offer a new slow fashion workshop online in 2018. Join my mailing list to be the first to know. Stay tuned, I’m editing behind the scenes.