Designing Eco Clothing

Education // Designing Eco Clothing

Jan 31 - Feb 28

Overview // The goal of this unique class is to create beautiful garments and accessories using humble, recycled materials. Each class will begin with a demonstration of de-constructing and redesigning reclaimed garments. The demo will stimulate ideas for stitching and embellishing techniques. Students will be asked to keep a journal and sketch ideas for the design project to be constructed in the final class. The projects are suited to a range of skill levels. All stitching will be done by hand.

WEEK ONE • January 31
Using materials supplied by teachers and students, you will create clever little aprons. A portable sewing kit will be used. This activity will allow each person to experiment with cutting, fitting and stitching while building skills and practicing assemblage for more complex garments.

WEEK TWO • February 7
Working in pairs, you will use templates and creativity to design and develop unique winter accessories. One- of-a-kind hats and fingerless gloves will be fabricated from recycled sweaters and felted wools.

WEEK THREE • February 21
Inspired by the work of Natalie Chanin, you will explore the process of appliqué and reverse appliqué on recycled, knit garments.

WEEK FOUR • February 28
Working in small groups and independently, you will focus on a garment of your own design using techniques and design principles from previous weeks.

Melinda Forbes
is curator and co-creator of The White Gowns – a pastiche of pale altered apparel that was on exhibit March – April 2011 at SLOMA and New Clothes for the Empress – translucent clothing at Sweet Earth Chocolates in February 2012. She taught Cuesta College Community Programs in 2012 and teaches small groups and individuals in her home studio.

Julie Frankel
has a background in mixed media painting and book construction. Much of her artwork explores the social messages in contemporary clothing and personal adornment. Her 2010 exhibit Judging by Appearance at Linnaea’s Café focused on those themes. She brings the same spirit of experimentation to altered clothing projects and believes mixed media techniques cross-over into stitching, fabric, and recycled trimmings.

Details // January 31, February 7, 21 & 28, 6 - 9 pm

$100 members, $130 general
plus $10 materials fee paid to teacher

SLOMA reserves the right to accept or deny enrollment in any class or workshop by any applicant. Class sizes are limited and enrollment is a first come first served basis. SLOMA is unable to prorate students for classes they are unable to attend.

REFUND POLICY: A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of enrollment. The balance is required 30 days prior to the workshop date to ensure your space, after which there are NO REFUNDS. If requested 30 days prior to the workshop date, the deposit can be transferred to another workshop. If a class is cancelled by the Museum of Art, the entire enrollment fee will be refunded. Please call the registrar at 805.543.8562 about a transfer.

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