6.08.2015

Future Workshops, Your Input, and a Giveaway


Friends,

I'd love your input. I'm scheduling additional workshops for this summer and fall and I'm also considering the next online workshop and I'd love to hear from you. What textile or paper craft techniques are you currently loving that you might want me to teach? If you could virtually visit my studio through an online workshop where would you first like to look around? If you're visiting here as a new reader check out the links on the sidebar and see what interests you in my website portfolio, my slow fashion project, or Etsy shop and leave your thoughts in the comments.


Teaching is becoming more and more central to my studio practice. I just taught a Sashiko Mending workshop this weekend and I was instantly reminded of just how much I love this work. It is such a gift to teach mending techniques and to pass on my passion for repairing and fixing clothing. And to pass on some of my sustainable fashion research from the past two years of my Make Thrift Mend project.

I'm going to teach my first in-person natural dye workshop in August. I'm thrilled. It will be a basic introductory to working with kitchen scraps to make beautiful plant-based dyes. By and by the various parts of my online Slow Fashion Style class are becoming prominent elements of my workshop offerings and current writing. I was thrilled to publish the article on Mendfulness in the Mend issue of Taproot magazine and I'm currently working on another article about the healing power of natural dyes and urban foraging.  


I hope that my writing and creative workshops will encourage other artists and hobbyists to expand their own work and venture to try new techniques. I think it's important that we stay open to learning new content in our creative work as artists and hobbyists so that the work might continue to grow. But, of course, the only way our work ever gets better is if we really push it to be our own. To look like ours. To have the residue of our one particular life. To grow as we do. So I'm considering this as I create new offerings online too. How best to share a technique in a way that allows the participant to insert her own aesthetic so the work really looks like hers?


I'd love to hear from you what you'd most like to learn from my workshops. If you could virtually enter my studio what would you like me to share? Mending? Dyeing? My favorite sustainable fashion artists and resources? How to create your own fast fashion fast? Or more generally, what paper or craft techniques are you currently loving?

Or maybe you have another idea about using upcycled paper or boxes like the content of my book, The Paper Playhouse? Projects for children and adults to share together? Leave a comment about what you'd like to learn and I'll pick one comment at random to receive a free copy of my book. Because I really want to hear from you. And because teaching is becoming a very important part of my studio work so I want to give it the time that it needs to develop and grow.

Thank you, friends.

xoxo,
k

PS--I'll select a winner from the comments section next Monday, June 15 so be sure to check back to see if you've won. The winning address must be in the continental US for shipping purposes but, of course, you can keep the giveaway copy for yourself or have me mail it to a friend. Good luck!

21 comments:

  1. I'd like to learn how to select fabric and other materials that are long lasting but still comfortable to wear, and then how to go about choosing patterns that will also wear well and look good.

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    1. Great! Thank you, Carley.

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  2. Anonymous6/09/2015

    HI Katrina,
    I'm in Australia so not eligible for your giveaway, but wanted to participate in the discussion anyway. I did your Sustainable Style online course and it really inspired me to only buy clothes made from biodegradable fabrics and try making some of my own clothes. I think I'd enjoy if you did a course with a similar structure to the Sustainable Style one, but around making your own clothes - I'm thinking of having a go of making a Wiksten tank and another simple top soon.
    Cheers,
    Lex

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    1. Thank you so much for joining the conversation, Lex. Great to know you were in the Slow Fashion Style online class last fall. Thank you for your comments.

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  3. I would love a mending class. I would take the sashiko mending course in person if I could but I'm too far away! I have a pile of mending to do and am winging it bit I'd love to expand my techniques...

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    1. Thank you, Amanda. Great to know.

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  4. I participated in your online Slow Fashion Style course. I loved every single stitch !! And still loving the Facebook Group as well for follow ups! I am interested in projects such as garment construction...slow, visible stitching. If I could virtually visit your studio, I want to view all your precious vignettes...little mobiles and hand sewn goodies !! ~ so inspired by you ~

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    1. Thank you, Deb! So glad you enjoyed the online class. This is great insight into what you'd like to glean from another workshop. Thank you. (And for your very kind words. Means so much.)

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    2. Deb, you won! Please send me an email with your mailing address so we can arrange for a book to be sent to you. Thank you! (You can send the email discretely through the contact form on my website if you like, or through FB.)

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    3. ~~~eeek~~~ So so happy and honored !!! THANK YOU...I feel so giddy !! I just sent you my address on Facebook Private Message !

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  5. Katrina, I have recently found great pleasure in mending clothing and home decor items I have loved deeply for their pattern and fabric. To restore them to wholeness gives me a feeling of great joy as well as pride. I am just figuring it out as I go and haven't really got a clue what I am doing. If I were to take a look around your studio I would like to see what describes your unique style. As for paper techniques weaving seems to be popular and I would like to experiment more with this as an artful expression in my designs.

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    1. Wonderful! Thank you. And yes, mending is such wonderful repair and meditation.

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  6. So excited by this great work you are doing and sharing with the community! Do you darn? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Kevin! Yes, I do darn. Though mostly with woven fabrics as opposed to hand knits. Darning is pretty awesome. Thanks for visiting here again, my old friend.

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  7. I have only recently started mending my clothes, and would love an online course on different ways to mend clothing depending on where the garment is falling apart and how far gone it is. I started making almost all my own clothes a couple years ago and it's impressive how few new things are required to keep a wardrobe functional, at least when the new things don't fall apart as quickly as RTW clothes and are a joy to wear. Being pregnant in the last year threw me for a loop though (my daughter was born within a week or two of your son) in terms of sewing my own clothes, and now I find it hard to get into major sewing projects with a three month old baby. That's why mending projects are great right now: they take less time and I do them by hand instead of with the machine, meaning they are easier to take out and put away again in our small apartment.

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    1. Yes! To all of this, yes. Mending does allow us to pick it up and put it down around the micro sessions of work we get with a newborn. Great thoughts here, Anna, thank you so much for sharing.

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  8. I thought I posted already but I must'a forgot! I'd love to learn how to make my own pattern! You are so awesome!!!

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    1. My friend! Okay, will consider this too. Thank you for adding your thoughts. I'll think on this and how I could best share my self-taught methods. xoxo

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  9. Deb, you won! The random number generator chose your comment as the winner this morning. Please send me your email address so we can arrange for the book to be shipped to you! Thank you. -k.

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    1. THANK YOU....doing the Happy Dance !! so excited !!! I sent you a Private Message on Facebook with my address !

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  10. Congrats Deb did it!

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Thank you for your comments, friends. I like to think we are creating a dialogue in this space--building a virtual community.