Update: This event is SOLD OUT now with a wait list. Thank you so much for the tremendous response. You can join the wait list to be notified if any opportunities arise to join this weekend workshop. Thank you!
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.