Slow Textiles Retreat
Join Katrina Rodabaugh and Sasha Duerr September 21-23, 2018 in the Hudson Valley of NY.
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This Slow Textiles Retreat focuses on natural dyes, hand-stitching, mending, and various ways of incorporating sustainable, mindful, and holistic textile arts into creative work. Slow textiles are one aspect of the slow fashion movement that is easily adaptable by individual makers, crafters, and fiber artists of all skill-level and interest. The slow fashion movement is garnering international participants as we collectively work towards a more ecological and ethical fashion future. Through this retreat, teachers, artists, authors, and friends–Sasha and Katrina–have created various workshops to share their textile arts practices, delve deeper into the conversation around slow living and slow textiles, foster like-minded community, and retreat into the workshop atmosphere at Katrina’s private barn studio, backyard gardens, and Hudson Valley homestead.
Over the weekend participants will learn techniques for foraging, harvesting, and creating natural dyes on various animal and plant fibers such as cotton, linen, silk, and wool; learn several mending and slow stitching techniques including Sashiko stitching that results in practical repairs for fixing garments while also adding meaning and Mendfulness to fiber work; and gather together in this slow textile community to discuss slow living, integrating our creative work and our ethical values, and the power of connection to plants and slow textiles. Meals will be lovingly prepared by a local eatery and will be vegetarian using organic and local produce whenever possible. Healthy snacks, treats, and teas will be available throughout the weekend.
Students will leave the retreat with an abundance of inspired plant palette swatches and recipes, a variety of finished naturally dyed and patterned textiles, as well as an existing garment refreshed with natural color (please limit to one garment only–100 percent natural materials such as linen, cotton, silk, or wool will work best); a finished Sashiko design project; one mended garment (please bring your own garment for this portion–denim is a great choice–along with a corresponding patch); printed instruction booklets; various tools and materials; multiple references and resources; and the confidence to continue this work beyond the classroom.
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Meet the Teachers
Sasha Duerr is an artist and designer who works with plant-based palettes, natural color, and place-based recipes. She is a professor at the California College of the Arts with a joint appointment in Textiles and Fine Arts where she deigns curriculum and teaches courses in the intersection of natural color, slow food, slow fashion and social practice. In 2007, Sasha founded Permacouture Institute to encourage the exploration of regenerative design practices for fashion and textiles. Her extensive work with plant-based palettes and ecological systems has been features in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine, Selvedge, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes (Timber Press/ Workman, 2011) and Natural Color (Watson-Guptil, 2016). She lives with her family on their urban farm in Oakland, CA.
Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade, secondhand, or ethical garments instead of fast fashion. She teaches mending and natural dye workshops across the United States and she writes, exhibits artwork, and organizes events to raise awareness for sustainable fashion. Her work has appeared in galleries, magazines, theaters, books, juried craft fairs, and alternative arts venues across the country. She published her first book, The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books in January 2015. I’ve received artist awards, grants, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Creative Capacity Fund, and InstarLodge among others. Her former blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. She has a BA degree in Environmental Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry and book arts, though her textile training started at the side of her mother’s sewing machine several decades ago. Katrina grows, forages, and harvests dye plants near her farmhouse in the Hudson Valley.
Details for the Weekend Gathering
Friday evening, welcome reception, 4-6pm. (Local wine and snacks provided.)
Saturday morning workshop, 9am-12 noon.
Saturday lunch, noon-1pm. (Local lunch provided)
Saturday afternoon workshop, 1-4pm.
Saturday evening talk and pop-up with a special guest, 4-5:30pm. (Tea and snacks provided.)
Saturday closing, 5:30-6pm.
Sunday morning workshop 9am-12 noon.
Sunday lunch, noon-1pm. (Local lunch provided)
Sunday afternoon workshop, 1-4pm.
Sunday closing, 4-5pm. (Tea and snacks provided.)
Venue & Location
This workshop will be held in the private barn studio of Katrina Rodabaugh in the Germantown area of the Hudson Valley, just two hours north of Manhattan. The exact address will be sent to attendees once registration forms have been completed and payment has been received in full. The studio is not accessible by public transportation as it sits on one-acre of an 1820s homestead in the beautiful agricultural region of Upstate NY. Attendees will need to drive to the retreat but parking is available on site. As the classes will be held in Katrina’s private studio this gathering will be very intimate in nature and limited to just 12 students to lessen the impact on the land, allow for an intimate gathering of like-minded folks, and foster deeper individual attention from the teachers. Also, you’ll get to harvest plants from Katrina’s garden and say hello to her new bees. There are local parks, fields, and forests nearby for further foraging local plant dyes though we’ll be harvesting most materials directly from the backyard.
The Hudson Valley hosts an incredible community of small, independent farms and inspiring eateries. In keeping with this regional culture all lunches will be provided by a delicious, thoughtful, and local eatery using local and organic produce whenever possible. Lunches will be included on Saturday and Sunday, they will be vegetarian but please let us of any food allergies or preferences and we’ll work with you to make sure you’re nourished. Tea and healthy snacks will be provided throughout the weekend. There will also be a reception on Friday night to welcome guests and share in local wine and snacks. In addition, Katrina can make several suggestions of delicious places to have dinner on Friday and Saturday nights if you’re traveling from afar.
Accommodations & Lodging
There are many places to stay in the beautiful region of the Hudson Valley but here are some of Katrina’s favorites that are less than 20 minutes away from the studio. In addition, there are several beautiful Airbnb listings in the immediate region. The towns of Germantown, Red Hook, Tivoli, Hudson, Rhinebeck or Rhinecliff would be convenient from the studio location and, without knowing the exact address, would likely be less than 30 minutes away.
Hotel Tivoli in Tivoli, NY
Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY
Farmer & Sons in Hudson, NY
The Barlow in Hudson, NY
The Rhinecliff Hotel in Rhinecliff, NY
Or check out the Design Sponge guide to the Hudson Valley
$595 weekend package includes two all-day workshops with two instructors, various slow fashion materials, tools to share, two local lunches, one evening reception, snacks & tea throughout, one special guest with an adorable pop-up, and the opportunity to visit Katrina’s studio and garden to share in this experience with a like-minded community.
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We reserve the right to cancel this retreat at any time. If we cancel this program, you will receive a refund. Refunds: Registration fee is refundable up to 30-days before the start of the retreat only (minus processing fees). No credit or refund is available if you cancel less than 30-days before the start of the retreat; if you do not show up; or if you leave the retreat early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend the retreat and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content, which we do not anticipate as we work diligently to offer thoughtful, professional, and generous classes. If an emergency arises within 30-days of the retreat we will accept a transfer should there be another interested participant–we will not promote your transfer but will work with you if there is an existing wait list or if you want to transfer to a friend or family member directly. Please understand our cancellation policy before you register–Thank you for supporting our work. It means the world.