Slow Textiles Retreat with Katrina Rodabaugh & Sasha Duerr
Slow Textiles Retreat with Katrina Rodabaugh & Sasha Duerr
Join us for a weekend of slow textile workshops focusing on slow fashion, natural dyes, hand stitching, and mending. The slow fashion movement is garnering international participants as we collectively work towards a more ecological and ethical fashion future. Textile artists play a key part in the solution of ethical fashion as they experiment with various tools and techniques that support a connection with the earth through creative practices. Through this workshop fellow teachers, artists and friends—Sasha and Katrina—have created this unique slow textile retreat as an opportunity 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 the beautiful, rural farm location of Three Pines Farm.
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; work 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 and offered onsite while workshops are in progress.
Students will leave the weekend workshop 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 bring your own garment for this portion - 100 percent natural materials - i.e. 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 wonderful - 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.
ABOUT YOUR EDUCATORS:
Sasha Duerr is an artist and designer who works with plant-based palettes, natural dyes 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 designs curriculum and teaches courses in the intersection of natural color, slow food, slow fashion and social practice. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad. 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 principles through local land-based sources and community has been featured 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-Guptill/Ten Speed Press August 23rd, 2016). She lives with her husband and children on their urban farm in Oakland, CA. Learn more about Sasha and her work at www.sashaduerr.com.
Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Her work ranges from large-scale mixed media installations, to social practice projects, to cross-disciplinary collaborations, to textile and fiber objects, to small-batch handmade crafts sold in her online shop. Her artwork, writing, and designs have appeared in various galleries, magazines, theaters, juried craft fairs, and alternative arts venues. Katrina published her first book, The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books with Quarry Books in January 2015. She has received artist awards, grants, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and Creative Capacity Fund among others. Her blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. She teaches workshops on visible mending, natural dyes, sustainable fashion, fiber arts, and also through social practice projects that engage the public in experimental and hands-on approaches. Currently she lives with her husband and two young sons in 200-year-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. Learn more about Katrina at www.katrinarodabaugh.com.
Friday, October 13, 2017: Welcome Gathering from 6-8pm, including refreshments
Saturday, October 14, 2017: Workshop from 9-5, including vegetarian lunch and refreshments
Sunday, October 15, 2017: Workshop from 9-2, including vegetarian lunch and refreshments
Students Must Bring: A very light-colored (white or cream) garment of your own to be refreshed with natural color - 100% natural fibers for best results (linen, cotton, silk, wool, etc.). A garment of your own for the mending portion - denim is wonderful - along with a corresponding patch.
Cost: $350 per person (includes course fee, materials, lunches, applicable taxes). This unique retreat is limited to 12 students to allow for intimate exchange and individualized attention.
Travelers: We recommend a stay at the charming Blackhawk Hotel in quaint downtown Cedar Falls.
Please register by Aug 18th, 2017. If the class minimum is not met, a refund may be issued in lieu of this class offering. You will be alerted shortly after the registration deadline if a refund is being issued. This workshop is not eligible for the Cedar Falls Food Co-op discount. Recommended age of 16 years or older. All skill levels welcome.
Cancellations occurring after Aug 18th, 2017 will be subject to forfeiture of registration costs.