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 civic action. I offer workshops and tutorials online, in-person, and through my books and publications. My workshops range from afternoon classes 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 WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
APRIL 12-14, 2019, ASHEVILLE, NC
I’m thrilled to announce a collaborative Slow Textile Retreat co-teaching with Sasha Duerr at Echoview Fiber Mill outside Asheville, NC. We’ll cover natural dyes with foraged and garden-grown plants; hand-stiching; mending an existing garment; and the many ways to deepen a place-based creative practice through mindfulness, stewardship, and connection. I cannot wait to meet you in Asheville. UPDATE: This Retreat is now SOLD OUT. Thank you!
ASHEVILLE, NC: 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 details HERE.
JUNE 8, 2019, BROOKLYN, NY
I’m so happy to team up with Eileen Fisher to offer a mending workshop at the Eileen Fisher Brooklyn shop on Saturday, June 8 from 2-5pm. Have you seen the collaborations coming out of this store? Swoon. Grateful for these inspiring women leading the fashion industry forward. Registration is now open, please be sure to register here ASAP as space is limited. This is my only afternoon workshop scheduled for 2019 in NYC. Thank you!
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 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 share sustainable fashion values, tips for creating garments with added meaning, and connection with like-minded Slow Fashion folks for a special weekend. Space is limited to just 12 people. Please read all the details on the event page at Mindful Making Retreat. UPDATE: This retreat is now SOLD OUT but there is a wait list if you’d like to join. Thank you!
AUGUST 31- Sept 1, 2019, CAPE COD, MA
Save-the-Date: I’ll be traveling to Orleans, MA over Labor Day Weekend to teach two exciting workshops at the beautiful Plant Work Shop space. Two standalone, back-to-back, afternoon workshops that can be purchased separately though if purchased together will qualify for a special discount. I’m teaching Visible Mending on Saturday, August 31 and Natural Dyes on Sunday, Sept 1, 2019. Registration for this event is now open, so be sure to save your spot right here. See you on Cape Cod.
*Barn Studio: My barn studio is a converted 1800s carriage barn with a concrete floor, wood stove for heating, and floor fans and windows for cooling. Please prepare to embrace the charming yet rustic nature of a converted barn space and dress appropriately for the Upstate New York weather and rural terrain. My dye studio is in the back of our converted garage, also on a concrete floor. Parking is very nearby, onsite. The bathroom is up three stairs in the back of the farmhouse. Grounds are relatively flat and level. If you have questions/ concerns regarding the barn studio workshop space, please do not hesitate to contact me directly–I want all students to feel welcome and comfortable in my studio. Thank you so much!
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.