WORKSHOPS

I approach garment construction as an art form - an art form that relies on the interplay with the moving body in order to be complete. Throughout my years as a clothing designer and boutique owner who specializes in custom made garments, I have had the unique opportunity to better understand not only how forms function on the body, but how garments can become a true expression of oneself. After nearly 15 years in retail, I gravitated towards teaching as a means to reconnect with the artistic and experimental side of fashion while engaging with individuals in my community. My workshops are inspired by the things that originally inspired me: shape, volume, texture and the interplay these elements have with the moving body. Designed for all skill levels, my workshops are for individuals who are ready to cultivate their creative vision and apply innovative techniques to push the boundaries of what fashion is. 

 
 
 
 Innovative Design  Portland Fashion Institute

Innovative Design
Portland Fashion Institute

INNOVATIVE DESIGN

Wednesdays, September 12 - November 28th, 6-9pm

Portland Fashion Institute

$529

Push the boundaries of creativity and create one of a kind garments.  In this fashion design lab, students stretch the possibilities of shaping, seaming, handling and manipulating select fabrics to create innovative, wearable silhouettes and details. This class encourages students to think outside the box, expand their own personal design language and use non traditional methods to come up with unique designs. Students develop 3D design ideas by exploring creative 2D patternmaking and 3D draping techniques. This is a special three month class for both non credit and credit at PFI.  Students of all skill levels encouraged. 

Pre-requisite: Beginning Sewing

YOU CAN ENROLL IN THIS WORKSHOP THROUGH THE PORTLAND FASHION INSTITUTE WEBSITE BY CLICKING "ENROLL" BELOW. SPACE IS LIMITED.

 
 Shape Shifter - Versatility of a Garment  Oregon College of Art and Craft

Shape Shifter - Versatility of a Garment
Oregon College of Art and Craft

 
 Embellished Scarf  Oregon College of Art and Craft

Embellished Scarf
Oregon College of Art and Craft

 
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Fabric Origami

Oregon College of Art and Craft

SHAPE SHIFTER - VERSATILITY OF A GARMENT

Saturday + Sunday, February 10th and 11th, 9-4pm
Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC)

$233

Everyone is familiar with a reversible jacket, but what if versatility in garment design goes beyond simply turning a garment inside out? Students will explore versatility in apparel design by creating a garment that can be worn more than one way. A top that has multiple openings or closures to be worn in a variety of ways? A skirt that can be worn long or short? A dress with arm holes that can also be a neck opening? These are just some of the innovative ideas explored in this class. Each student will be provided with instruction to help sketch, design, pattern and sew one unique garment that can be worn in a variety of ways.

Pre-requisite: Basic sewing skills

YOU CAN ENROLL IN THIS WORKSHOP THROUGH THE OCAC WEBSITE BY CLICKING "ENROLL" BELOW. SPACE IS LIMITED.

 

EMBELLISHED SCARF

Sunday, February 4th, 9-5pm
Oregon College of Art and Craft

$135

Learn how to embellish luscious fabrics to create a truly unique scarf that is textural, sculptural yet wearable. Students will explore various surface embellishment techniques such as pleating, tucking, shirring, cording, and trapunto and implement them to create a textural and artistic scarf. Student will learn how to make a basic wrap scarf or an "infinity" scarf.  

Prerequisite: Beginnings sewing encouraged but not required. 

YOU CAN ENROLL IN THIS WORKSHOP THROUGH THE OCAC WEBSITE BY CLICKING "ENROLL" BELOW. SPACE IS LIMITED.

 

FABRIC ORIGAMI

Sunday, February 25th,  9-5pm

Oregon College of Art and Craft

$158

The simplest garments are those with no cutting and sewing at all and minimalist fashion is becoming increasingly popular. So how can large pieces of fabric form to the body and function as a wearable garment? In many cultures, large geometric shapes are draped, folded and tucked directly on the body to create a garment, such as the traditional Japanese Kimono, the Indian Sari or the traditional Mexican Poncho. Similar to origami, students will drape, tuck and fold large shapes in creative and innovative ways to create unique shapes that will be turned into a garment. Students will be provided instruction on draping and folding techniques to obtain the desired shapes. Students are encouraged to use minimal cutting, creating less fabric waste.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

YOU CAN ENROLL IN THIS WORKSHOP THROUGH THE OCAC WEBSITE BY CLICKING "ENROLL" BELOW. SPACE IS LIMITED.