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 a cornerstone of my work. I offer workshops and tutorials online, in-person, and through my books and publications. My workshops range from just a few hours to week-long retreats, see below for upcoming classes. Please note: I add workshop dates as they are confirmed and do my best to coordinate details several months ahead to allow for travel arrangements–that said, some workshops are confirmed in the final hours and allow for more spontaneous participation. Check back periodically for new classes.
2019 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
April 12-14, 2019, Asheville, NC
I’m thrilled to announce my first 2019 workshop will be a collaborative Slow Textile Retreat co-teaching with Sasha Duerr at Echoview Fiber Mill outside Asheville, NC. The retreat will begin Friday afternoon with workshops all day on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll cover natural dyes with foraged and garden-grown local plants; hand-stiching; mending an existing garment; and discussing the many ways to deepen a place-based creative practice through mindfulness, stewardship, and connection. Registration opens on Friday, February 8 at 12pm EST, please see the Echoview Fiber Mill site for registration details. All questions can also be directed to Grace at Echoview. I cannot wait to meet you in Asheville. UPDATE: This Retreat is now SOLD OUT. Thank you!
Asheville, NC, ADDED EVENT: While I’m in town, I’ll be hosting a public conversation and book signing, “Sustainability in Arts, Crafts, and Design”, with local creatives Grace Casey-Gouin of Echoview Fiber Mill, Karie Reinertson of Shelter Collective, and Sarita Westrup of TIERRA FIRME and Penland School of Craft. Event is Thursday, April 11 from 6-8pm at Warren Wilson College. Free and open to the public. See panel details HERE.
June 8, 2019, Brooklyn, NY
I’m so happy to be teaming up with Eileen Fisher to offer a mending workshop at the gorgeous Eileen Fisher Brooklyn shop on Saturday, June 8 in the afternoon. Have you seen the collaborations coming out of this store? Swoon. Grateful for these inspiring women leading this shop and the fashion industry forward. Save-the-date for visible mending on June 8 in Brooklyn, NY from 2-5pm. Registration opens soon, check back here for updates.
August 16-18, 2019, Hudson Valley, NY
Mindful Making Retreat with Meg McElwee in my barn studio in the Hudson Valley. I’m so excited to welcome Meg of Sew Liberated to my studio for a three-day retreat the weekend of August 16-18, 2019. We’ll use natural dyes, stitching, sewing, and making to create one Forager Vest complete with stitched herbs, moons, or other amulets in the patch pockets. Meg and I will lead you through our sustainable fashion values, share our tips for creating garments with added meaning, and gather with like-minded Slow Fashion folks for a special weekend. Space is limited to just 12 people. Tickets open on April 5, 2019 at 3pm EST. Please read all the details on the event page at Mindful Making Retreat. I’m so very happy to host this weekend retreat.
August 31- Sept 1, 2019, Cape Cod, MA
Save-the-Date: I’ll be traveling to Cape Cod over Labor Day Weekend to teach two exciting workshops in Orleans, MA at the beautiful Plant Work Shop space. These will be two standalone, back-to-back, afternoon workshops that can be purchased separately though if purchased together will qualify for a special retreat discount. I’ll be offering a Visible Mending workshop on Saturday, August 31 and a Natural Dye Workshop on Sunday, Sept 1, 2019. I’m thrilled to collaborate with this new inspiring partner by the sea. Stay tuned! Registration for this event will be open soon, check back here for details.
I’ve taught several online workshops over the years and I’m currently working to offer a new slow fashion workshop online in 2020. Join my mailing list to be the first to know. Stay tuned, I’m editing behind the scenes.