2017 Workshops & Projects

Slow Fashion Interviews: In 2017 I’m writing a new monthly interview series, Slow Fashion Citizen, as a column for the popular knitting blog, Fringe Association. This series will share the stories of various leaders in the slow fashion communities ranging from fashion designers to artists, authors, makers, dyers, menders, knitters, shop owners, organizers, and otherwise slow fashion heroes. Join me each month as we glean insights and inspirations from these forward-thinking creatives. Visit Slow Fashion Citizen on Fringe Association.

November 2017– CA Workshop: I’m over-the-moon excited to return to my beloved San Francisco Bay Area to teach two mending workshops at Handcraft Studio in the East Bay. I’ll offer a workshop on Saturday, November 4 and again on Sunday, November 5. We’ll practice Sashiko stitches, mend your garments, and I’ll share all my favorite Bay Area resources for makers, materials, tools, fabrics, yarns, indie fashion, and everything between. This is one of my favorite spaces to teach and it’s the place where my four-hour mending workshop was born. Be sure to register soon as my Bay Area mending classes tend to sell out. I cannot wait to return to this forever Home Away from Home.

October 2017– NY Workshop: My last mending workshop on the east coast this year. Join me on Sunday, October 29 at Drop, Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY for my popular Sashiko Mending workshop. We’ll start with a Sashiko stitching project resulting in a tea quilt or handmade coaster then we’ll move into my four mending techniques for garments and we’ll finish by mending individual garments and I’ll offer feedback throughout. So excited to teach in this glorious newly renovated storefront on Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Registration is now open on the Drop, Forge & Tool site. Let’s stitch, mend, and talk all things slow fashion in the midst of the autumn beauty.

October 2017– Iowa Retreat: I’m thrilled to be leading a Slow Textiles Retreat in collaboration with my dear friend and natural dyer, Sasha Duerr. From Friday, October 13- Sunday, October 15 we’ll be in Cedar Valley, Iowa at the gorgeous renovated barn on Three Pines Farm to share in this weekend focused on mending, natural dyeing, rejuvenating garments, regenerative fashion, and all things slow living and slow textiles. This is a very special weekend retreat commencing on Friday evening and concluding on Sunday afternoon complete with workshops, conversations, gatherings, and glorious vegetarian meals. For more details check out the information on the Three Pines Farm site. Update: This workshop is now completely sold out with a full wait list. Thank you for your interest in this retreat!

September 2017– NY Workshop & Artist Residency: I’ll be offering my first east coast Natural Dye Workshop close to home in the Hudson Valley in Germantown, NY as part of my September Artist Residency at the ever-inspiring new art center, Instar Lodge. The new collaborative workshop, Medicinal Dye Plants: Natural Dyes + Remedy Making, will be focused on plants that double as natural dyes and medicine–offering herbal dyes that might serve as talisman or amulets or otherwise add healing properties to our garments alongside natural and glorious color. The workshop will be held at Instar Lodge on Saturday, Sept 16 from 1-5pm. There will also be a public conversation and open studio on Saturday, Sept 30 in conjunction with the Land & Memory exhibition upstairs. Artist talk from 5-6pm and Open Studio and exhibition opening from 6-8pm. Free and open to all.

July 2017– Maine Retreat: Join me for this thoughtful week-long Slow Fashion Retreat on the seaside in Coastal Maine. I’m honored to join this incredible team of artists and slow fashion advocates for this incredible Slow Fashion Retreat organized by A Gathering of Stitches. I’ll be offering daylong Visible Mending workshops alongside teachers and friends Cal Patch of Hodge Podge Farm and Jessica Lewis Stevens of Sugar House Workshop. The retreat is designed to offer participants a chance to delve deeper into the questions of sustainable fashion through three homemade wardrobe techniques: Mending, Sewing, and Natural Dyes. There will be chance for discussion, dialogue, individual attention, and sharing of so many resources as we gather by the ocean side for this first-of-it’s-kind slow fashion retreat. Registration opens on March 1, 2017 so be sure to register early to reserve your place.

April 2017– NYC Retreat: I’ll be joining the incredible team of artists and teachers for the Sweet Paul Makerie in Brooklyn, NY for this April weekend retreat. I’m offering four Sashiko Mending workshops over the weekend and participants have 12 other workshops to choose from. I’m so impressed with the lineup of teachers that I wish I could be a teacher and a student too. The Makerie creates such wonderful creative retreats and in partnership with the ever-inspiring Sweet Paul Magazine the powerhouse organizers behind this event make it sure to be a wonderful and thoughtful and inspirational weekend. More details on The Makerie website. Be sure to sign up soon… it typically sells out.

February 2017– NY Workshop: I’m thrilled to offer my first NYC mending class at Brooklyn General in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, February 11 from 1-5pm. Join me in my old home city as we practice various stitching techniques, make a Sashiko pot holder, mend our garments, and consider the slow fashion movement towards a more meaningful wardrobe. All the details can be found on the Brooklyn General website but if you’re interested in joining us don’t delay! These workshops typically fill quickly and space is limited. We’ll practice Sashiko stitches, mend one of your garments with my assistance, and we’ll talk Mendfulness and how to make your wardrobe more mindful and ethical too. Join us!