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
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.
October- December, 2018–Mending Matters Book Tour: I’ll be hosting book signings, sustainable fashion panels, book parties, and mending workshops to celebrate the release of my next book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More. Details are still being confirmed but be sure to visit the Books page of my website for updated information regarding a signing at the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival; a panel and book party in Brooklyn, NY at Tatter Blue Library; mending classes at Handcraft Studio in Emeryville, CA; a panel at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA; mending classes and a talk in Los Angeles, CA; and more events to be announced. All the details are over here on my site and will also be announced in my newsletter. Celebrate this book with me!
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 but you can join the wait list. Read all 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.