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Closures & Embellishments for Upcycled Fashion - CANX

3/23/2024 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Getting a garment on, closing it up, and then getting it off again can be a surprisingly challenging feat, so let us help you with this skillset! From traditional zippers to basic buttons and lacing techniques, we'll help you find and learn the way that best suits your garment and abilities.  Both hand and machine techniques will be practiced.

This class is open to all who are interested in upcycled fashion, but is especially helpful for those who are considering entering a design in the Upcycled Fashion Show on April 27, 2024. that is an annual collaboration between Governor Wentworth Arts Council and Makers Mill.

Purchase tickets to attend the Upcycled Fashion Show on April 27, 2024 here.

An Upcycled Maker/Art Market will be held in the foyer of the Kingswood Arts Center during the Upcycled Fashion Show.  Applications for tables are juried by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council.  Apply here.

The following workshops are also being offered to support those interested in upcycled fashion design with tips and the skills to make their project successfully. Participants can choose one or more workshops:

February 17, 10am to 1pm:  Upcycled Fashion Meet & Clothing Swap

March 9, 10am to 1pm:  Designing & Sewing for Upcycling

April 6, 10am to 1pm: Complete your Upcycled Project and Make Upcycled Jewelry to Accessorize

Please read our Class Attendee Policy prior to class.

Location:  Second floor Fiber Arts space accessible via stairs or elevator.

Class Size:  minimum 3 and maximum 15        Age Group: 14+
Youth aged 14-17 will need their responsible adult to sign our Youth Waiver prior to class.

Registration Fee:  $20 non-members, and $15 for members and youth.
Non-members will need to sign our General Waiver prior to class.

Instructors:  Cindy Durkee & Jeanne Flanagan
Cindy Durkee has a love of sewing that began as a child.  She studied at  Pratt Institute in New York City earning a BFA in Fashion Design.  Years of work as a designer in the garment industry enhanced her knowledge of professional construction techniques, patternmaking and  fitting, and sewing shortcuts.  She has designed and produced clothing, theater costumes, large banner installations, commercial retail displays, décor items, as well as 3-D stuffed toys and dolls.  She sees learning to sew as a handy life skill and a creative expression technique.

Jeanne Flanagan grew up in a creative family that made everything from clothes to go-carts.  Here at Makers Mill, Jeanne wears several hats as the Leader of our Fiber/Crafts Arts Circle and as an instructor. Jeanne has been a makerspace instructor for many years in MA and has a wealth of knowledge about fiber arts.  

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