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CANX Finishing & Accessorizing Your Upcycled Fashion Design


4/6/2024 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

With only 3 weeks until the Upcycled Fashion Show on April 27th, this workshop provides the time, space, tools and mentors to complete your design project. Instructors are here to help with any fit or constructions challenges.

BONUS Instruction:  Accessorize your design with jewelry upcycled from hardware!
Deb Ryan from our Metalsmithing & Jewelry Shop will introduce the wrapping, tying, and lacing techniques that will repurpose the spare parts and bits and pieces you've been hoarding into contemporary upcycled jewelry to accessorize and put that final, unique touch to your design.  Participants should bring their own hardware, and bits and pieces, supplies from home. 

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
March 23, 10am to 1pm: Closures & Embellishments

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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