Monday, December 10, 2012

Downtown Holiday Market



The weather today is frightful
but the art is so delightful.
Since the mall is no place to go,
off to the Downtown Holiday Market we go!

Featuring a rotating cast of artistic characters, the Downtown Holiday Market is in it's 8th year of bringing holiday cheer. (Ok, I'm done with the rhymes!) I've been doing it since the first year and it has only gotten better and better. If you've never been, this is the time to go!

I'll be set up through this Thursday, December 13 in space #56.

Where:  F street NW, Washington DC between 7th and 9th Streets

When: ME: Dec 7- 13
(whole market runs until Dec 23)

Who: Local and national artisans, handcrafted baked goodies, imported fair trade, lots of great music, good people watching!

Website: www.downtownholidaymarket.com

Come down and grab some fresh made donuts, walk around and buy directly from the artists. No shopping experience around like this!

Happy holidays! ~Jen


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair

                

You are cordially invited to attend the
4th Annual Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
 Saturday, November 10 from 10-4pm

Go green with your holiday shopping this year!  Join us for our FREE green craft fair this Saturday, November 10 from 10am-4pm at Watkins Nature Center, located in Watkins Regional Park.  Explore environmentally-friendly, hand-crafted products from local artists.  Items for sale include jewelry, wood carvings, knitwear, gardening d├ęcor, and much more. 

There will be something for everyone at this year’s fair:

· Purchase a raffle ticket, and have a chance to win great prizes like a MOM’s grocery store gift card, hand painted rain barrels, golf and fitness passes, performance tickets, and more!
· Hands-on activities and crafts for the kids all with a sustainable focus, as well as environmental non-profit groups with educational displays.
· Book Exchange —  Bring your unwanted books and trade them in for “new” ones!  All leftover books will be donated to local libraries in Prince George's county.
· Learn about natural dying and create your own indigo dye cloth with the kids.
· Purchase art and craft supplies, and make a creative reuse craft with your child at the SCRAP action booth.  For information about SCRAP store, programs they offer, or where to donate materials, visit www.scrapdc.org.

Location: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Event is FREE to all ages, and mostly indoors (held rain or shine!)

We hope to see you on Saturday, November 10th, and appreciate you supporting the nature center.  To get a preview of our vendors this year and check out their items for sale ahead of time, visit www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Watkins_Nature_Center.htm   

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Trunk Show at A Show Of Hands


Trunk Show at A Show of Hands

Happy Fall! My favorite time of the year. I love the cooler weather, which means layers of soft polar fleece and warm mugs of cocoa. AND, holidays! This year, get going on both at my Trunk Show.

On hand there will be loads of comfy warm hats, useful fingerless gloves and snuggly scarves for getting ready for the cooler weather already at our doors. I will also have laptop cases great for gift giving. Purses and bags for all your fall needs.

In addition, at the Trunk Show and until the end of October, A Show of Hands will be collecting coats!

Once again this year, they are collecting coats for the kids who attend the Child and Family Network preschools in Alexandria. Call (703-683-2905) or email the shop and they'll give you a child's name, gender and size. Bring the coat in by the end of October and get a 20% discount on one item at A Show of Hands.

We'll also thank you with a 20% discount on one item to anyone bringing in a new or gently used Halloween costume so the kids from Carpenter's Shelter can enjoy Halloween too!


What: Trunk Show 

What's that?? A limited time where you can meet the artist, browse a larger selection of her items than the store might normally carry, sip wine and shop for all occasions in a store that carries local, handcrafted products.

When: Friday, October 19, 6-9pm

Where: A Show of Hands, 2301 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Website: www.ashowofhands.biz

This is a great opportunity to get a jump on the cold weather, holiday shopping and just take a break to enjoy the fantastic work local craftspeople make! Hope to see you there! ~Jen

Green Tip~ Multitask Shopping for Fuel Economy

For the next few months, open your eyes to other gift giving in order to save your car, your wallet and your sanity!

At the pizza pallor picking up take out? Pick up a gift card for your son's teacher too.

Going to the farmers market for some apples and squash? Pick up some jars of jam to use as fast hostess gifts later.

At a Trunk Show? Make a list of friends and family and start your shopping in October!

(Couldn't help that one!)

The greater amount of little tasks you can get out of the way now, the less you'll have to do later, when the focus should be eating good food with family, not driving around looking for gifts.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This Weekend's Events!




This weekend at the Workhouse Arts Center will be having it's annual Education Open House. There will be many demonstrations of various classes from glassblowing to digital photography to hand painted cloths. Not all the classes available to take will be displayed. However, if you come to the Open House and register for any class, you will receive the *Friends status discount*. This could be a significant savings.

I will not be doing any exhibits of my upcoming classes or workshops, although you will still be able to get the discount if you register on Saturday from noon to 5pm. Below are the workshops and classes I will be teaching this fall and winter.


From Drab to Fab Workshop!

Have an item of clothing that you just can’t get rid of and would like to re-invent? Love the fabric or color, hate the hem line? If so, come and learn the critical skills to turn that item into something FABulous. This class will cover basic and more advanced ways to rehabilitate your wardrobe. We will cover basic alterations, dying, surface design and other techniques. You will be able to reclaim your drab duds and make them FAB. (Meets in W-9) All Skill Levels, Young Adults & Adults
Fall Quarter (1 day workshop)
Sun Sept 16 (1pm-7pm)

Tuition: $85 (Friends) & $95 (Non-Friends)
(Materials cost of $10, payable to instructor at first class. Students must bring a working sewing machine and iron. This is not provided.) 


Fiber Photo Transfer Part One


This workshop will explore a variety of techniques to transfer photographs onto fabric. These methods can be used for realistic photos, logos, or abstract designs. The final fabric photos can be used in quilts, memory pillows, on clothing, as labels and any other way you can dream up! This workshop is perfect to help you think about special photography/fiber gifts for the holidays. (Meets in W-6)
Fall Quarter (1 day workshop) All Skill Levels, Young Adults & Adults
Session A: Sat Oct 20 (11am-5pm)
Session B: Sun Nov 18 (11am-5pm)

Tuition: $85 (Friends) & $95 (Non-Friends)
(Materials fee $25, payable to instructor at first class, students must own and bring a working iron. This is not provided.)


Beginning Clothing Construction 

Are you obsessed with “Project Runway”? Want to learn how to make your own creative and one-of-a-kind designs but have no idea where to start? This class will teach the basic skills of how to read a commercial pattern and make slight adjustments for your figure. You will make a simple skirt as a base for future creative fashion adventures. (Meets in W-9) All Skill Levels, Young Adults & Adults
Winter Quarter (6 weeks)
Session A: Wed Jan 16 (6:30pm-9:30pm)
Session B: Sun Feb 3 (3pm-6pm)

Tuition: $200 (Friends) $210 (Non-Friends)
(Materials cost of $10, payable to instructor at first class. Students must bring a working sewing machine. This is not provided.)
 


From Drab to Fab Workshop!


Have an item of clothing that you just can’t get rid of and would like to re-invent? Love the fabric or color, hate the hem line? If so, come and learn the critical skills to turn that item into something FABulous. This class will cover basic and more advanced ways to rehabilitate your wardrobe. We will cover basic alterations, dying, surface design and other techniques. You will be able to reclaim your drab duds and make them FAB. (Meets in W-9) All Skill Levels, Young Adults & Adults
Winter Quarter (1 day workshop)
Sat Jan 26 (12pm-6pm)

Tuition: $85 (Friends) & $95 (Non-Friends)
(Materials cost of $10, payable to instructor at first class. Students must bring a working sewing machine. This is not provided.)


Fiber Photo Transfer Part Two

This workshop will further explore a variety of techniques to transfer photographs onto fabric. These methods can be used for realistic photos, logos or abstract designs. This two day workshop will allow you to stretch your knowledge and techniques learned in Fiber Photo Transfer One. Learn to combine methods to create something truly unique. (Meets in W-9) All Skill Levels, Young Adults & Adults
Pre-requisite: Fiber Photo Transfer One

Winter Quarter (2 day workshop)
Sat Feb 23 & Sun Feb 24 (6:30pm-9:30pm)

Tuition: $130 (Friends) & $140 (Non- Friends)
(Materials fee $35, payable to instructor at first class, students must own and bring a working iron. This is not provided.)


Check out the Workhouse Arts Center website for more information on the event here. To see the full listing of classes, click here.

Adams Morgan Day Festival, Sunday, September 9, noon-7pm



One of the DC's biggest and oldest street festivals is this coming weekend. I'm super excited to be a part of it again this year! It has tons of local artists, musicians, restaurants and characters galore! If you are looking for a great celebration of the city life, wonderful vendors in a great neighborhood, head to Adams Morgan on Sunday!

What: Adams Morgan Day Festival

Where: 18th Street, between Columbia Road and Florida Ave

When: Sunday, September 9, noon to 7pm

Website: www.adamsmorgandayfestivaldc.com

So much going on! More to come in the future! See you soon~Jen

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fall Festivals!



End of summer is back to school for some, it is back to markets for me!

I LOVE the fall! The earthy smells, the hearty food, the comfy clothing. I could live in October forever. Blue skies and bright leaves, warm days and crisp nights. The best of the best, in my world.

Part of why I look forward to autumn is that I also love the festivals I go to each year. These have become an important part of my life. Going to these shows is like going to a different homecoming each time. I get to see regular customers, growing kids and old market friends. There is the excitement of the early morning set up, the frantic day of chatting, getting caught up and *selling* and then the exhausted break down. My schedule is filling up with some great festivals that I've been going to for a long time: Art on the Avenue and  Hyattsville Arts Festival.

However, first, I'll be returning to Adams Morgan Day after many years of being away from it. This loud and crazy street fair celebrates the neighborhood of the big pizza slice and late night partying in the only way it knows how: big fun and all day partying. There will be ethnic foods, green vendors, various community organizations and lots of handcrafted goods. I am happy to be a part of it again and looking forward to seeing friends- old and new!

In looking for photos for this post, I found an article about fun fall festivals around the country. Some of these I've never even thought of! Check it out and let me know what is the weirdest festival you've been to!

Happy Fall!~Jen

Friday, July 6, 2012

Annual Ice Cream Social at the Workhouse Arts Center

Come out to the Workhouse and support the Ceramics Program at the 4th Annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 7 from Noon- 4pm!

Bring the family, set up a picnic on the Quad and join us for a fun-filled, entertaining afternoon. You won’t want  to miss a visit by Fairfax County Fire Department Station #441 and pony rides by Tamarack Stables.  $15 will get you your very own handmade bowl, created by one of our students, instructors or resident artists. Tickets may be purchased onsite the day of the event. Local band, "State of Mind" will also be on hand to dish out their tunes!

Purchase a raffle ticket for $5 to win a free ceramics workshop (a $200 value).

All proceeds benefit the Lorton Arts Foundation and the Workhouse Ceramics Program.
Sponsors of the 4th Annual Ice Cream Social include: Hershey's Ice Cream, UNO Chicago Grill, Giant Food, Z Pizza, Tamarack Stables and other Local Businesses.

When:  Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 12:00pm- 4pm
Where: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA, Building 8, Ceramics
 Price: $15

Immediately following the Ice Cream Social, there will be ART OUT LOUD 2012.



When: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Price: Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 or a can of food.
Where: 9601 Ox Rod, Lorton, VA, The Quad

Art Out Loud 2012 will feature an all-star cast of artists and musicians celebrating the impact of art on our daily lives. 

Dozens of artists will be on hand to present and discuss their latest artistic creations.  The Art Monkeys (Workhouse artists Mary Gallagher Stout and John Gascot) will be providing live painting demonstrations during the event. Live music will be provided by an eclectic musical roundup including:  Thrive, Starryville, Big Green Cherry, the 2012 award winning Philadelphia Woodland String Band (A.K.A. the Mummers), Cartoon Johnny, and Shade Parade.

Attendees will have the chance to give back to the community by donating a can of food to Food for Others! Bring any non-perishable food items including tuna, canned beans, peanut butter and cereal. Any and all donations are much appreciated!

End the night with a bang at the patriotic fireworks show at 9pm! Food and beverages to include soft drinks, beer and wine will also be available for sale.

All the Artist Buildings will be open, so you can walk around in air conditioning and talk to the artists about their work. Come to an art event that is like no other, great for the whole family! ~Jen


Friday, June 22, 2012

Last Chance to See Artomatic!

Saturday, June 23 is the LAST DAY of Artomatic. So, if you were thinking about going, think no more. Get over there and check it out. There will a lot of music, performances, people watching, art looking and more in the next day and a half.

Tonight, there will be a documentary, belly dancers, fire dancers at 8:30 and more. Tomorrow, there is the Art-To-Go Marketplace where you can buy and take the art right away. There is also Hair Artistry in the afternoon, kid's workshops and a burlesque show for the older kids. 

My work is located on Floor 9, Suite 900, Space 102. It is near the dance stage, on a dark purple wall. The above purse is on display.

What: Artomatic 2012

Where: 1851 S. Bell Street, Crystal City, Arlington, VA

When: NOW until Saturday, June 23
 
Friday and Saturday nights, open until 1am.

Who: Freaks who love art, a guy named Art that loves freaks?

Website:  http://www.artomatic.org/

Stay cool out there! ~Jen

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Artomatic!!



Artomatic is an art show like no other! This exhibit is not juried and not curated, which means that anyone can basically enter, (if you pay your money), and it will all be mashed up together. One room could showcase urban Gothic sculpture and flower photography side by side. Another juxtaposition can be of impressionist landscapes and cartoony graphic novel stills. The joy is in the seeking, finding and appreciating these nuances.

Come out for all the free art you can handle- 11 floors of arts experience, including stages full of dancing and music, workshops, wine and beer tasting, Busboys and Poets pop up cafe, comedy gigs and all kinds of other interactive features. Plus, about 1,300 artists show their work!

I am participating in Artomatic for the very first time. As my 'normal' work is not the type to be displayed in a more formal artistic setting, this was a challenge for me. My show "Purse-spirations: Purses Inspired by Other Art" is the prefect thing for this type of  show. It is a little wacky, a little cool, a lot of different, in order to stand out in the crowd of other such art. If you did not have the chance to come to the Workhouse Arts Center to see the show in March, this is your second chance!

I am located on Floor 9, Suite 900, Space 102. It is a dark purple wall, near the dance stage. If you aren't sure when to come, I'll be at Meet the Artist Night on Saturday, June 2, 7-9pm.

There is also an Art-To-Go Marketplace every Saturday from 1pm to 6pm. I will be vending there June 16.

Be sure to check out the Plan Your Visit page on the Artomatic website! It has great information about what to expect, what to bring, what you will find.

What: Artomatic 2012


Where: 1851 S. Bell Street, Crystal City, Arlington, VA


When: Now until June 23
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays: noon – 10 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: noon – 1 am
  • Sundays: noon – 5 pm
  • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Websites: http://artomatic.org/


https://www.facebook.com/artomatic

Hope to see you there!!~ Jen


Green Tip~

Take Metro, parking is tight in Crystal City. It is on the yellow and blue lines.

Artomatic is less than a block from Crystal City Metro station. Cross the street and walk one-half block south on Bell Street. Artomatic is on your left, through the big courtyard.
The last train towards DC leaves at 11:49 PM on Sunday through Thursday, and 2:49 AM on Friday and Saturday nights (that is, Saturday and Sunday mornings).


Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Artist of the Month~ Barb Boatman of Cut, Sew, Create Studio

This month, meet Barb Boatman, the creative force behind Cut, Sew, Create Studio!


Barb is a textile artist very different from others. She has background experience in quilting, photography, multimedia collage and other artistic endeavors. Often, her works start with the complex woven 'fabric' she makes from recycled aluminum soda cans and strips of material. Then, she adds embellishments, building up her design. Some of her favorite add ons are buttons, ribbon, vintage quilt pieces, watch parts, zippers and whatever else she lays her hands on. Most of the works get tied together with free motion machine stitching. Barb might work toward an abstract design, or a semi-realistic piece, such as whimsical houses.

I am personally touched and impressed by her work on many levels. Barb's work is a prefect blend of all the arts she has 'played with'. The disciplined finishing of traditional quilting comes across in her binding or framing of certain pieces. The eye for balance and composition comes from photography. Her dappling into multimedia paper collages is highly represented. I find her work inviting, comforting, fun and cute. And, of course, I love it because it is green!

Read on to find out why Barb feels: "Doing something that gives you personal joy is what fills the glass."



Q~ How would you describe your art?

A~ My work is definitely mixed media and most of the pieces are totally abstract. Each piece starts with torn fabric and strips of deconstructed aluminum soda cans. After selecting my fabric I decide if I'm going to display the inside or the outside of the metal. Then I hand weave the two elements together to create a new piece of recycled fabric which I then quilt using my little Bernina sewing machine. After quilting, I make the decision about embellishment and framing.

Q~ How did you get started?

A~ In the 70's I jumped on the Bi-Centennial bandwagon like so many other young housewives. Which means I started making quilts like my grandmother. But that took too long. So for a while I made patchwork pillows, table clothes, hats and skirts. Along the way I taught a few quilting and sewing classes. By the late 80's I was working full time and there was very little time for art or sewing.

In 2006, I decided I needed to stop dreaming and begin creating again. I started by copying mixed media pieces from magazines. I did this until I figured out that I enjoyed working with recycled aluminum and fabric. A year later I joined the Del Ray Artisans so I could enter two pieces into my first gallery show: "What's Your Bag?" Both pieces were miniature pocketbooks made from my recycled fabric.



Q~ Do you have any special training or education?

A~ I had mechanical and perspective drawing classes in high school. I actually started college expecting to become an art teacher. Which means I had a few classes before stopping to start a family. Over the last 4 years, I've taken free motion quilting classes, a variety of mixed media and collage classes from regional and national instructors.

Q~ Do you have a favorite material, medium or substrate you love to work with?

A~ No question, it's fabric. I learned to sew when I was 13, so fabric is what I feel most comfortable using. My sewing machine is by far my most important tool. I absolutely love free motion quilting and thread painting.

Q~ Why do you continue?

A~ I currently work full time, but retirement isn't too many years away. So I'm using this time to experiment and refine both my skills and my artistic direction. Now that I'm finally comfortable identifying myself as an artist, I can say that I create for my soul and for my retirement life.

Q~ What is a great success story?

A~ There are two. The first was walking into the Del Ray Artisans Gallery and realizing my very first show submission had received a Curator's Award!

The second came at an art market last summer. This gentleman walked over, looked at my art for about 5 minutes, and said, "I'll take that one." Now, this wasn't my first sale. What made it a success was that the customer appreciated the piece so much that he didn't care what it cost. He wanted my art for his home.



Q~ What is one of your greatest failures?

A~ Vending at a local art market without enough research in advance. The group totally failed to advertise the event. I had zero sales because there was no foot traffic.

Q~ Where do you get your inspiration?

A~ My inspiration comes from two directions. Most of the time I start with a unique piece of material and that drives the direction. Or, sometimes I'm inspired to create a type of work after seeing something created by another artist.

Q~ Why do you make/create what you do?

A~ It took me a long time to get started. Now that I'm finally creating as an artist, I don't seem to be able to turn that drive off. And I don't want to.

Q~ What is your dream about your art?

A~ Oh that's easy! I want to show my work outside the DC area at juried shows. I want to travel to give workshops around the country. In other words, I want people to see my art. I want people to look at my creations and say, "Wow, how did she do that?"

Q~ Where are you based?

A~ I live and work in Northern Virginia in the Annandale community on the edge of Alexandria.

Q~ Where would you live if you could live anywhere?

A~ In a small cabin, with lots of windows, and a very large screened porch on the side of a mountain near Asheville, NC.


Q~ What would you be doing if not this?

A~ Working with photography full time. Years ago, I worked as a news room photographer. It was the best job I've ever had. That's where I learned to use my natural sense of balance and composition to create pictures that tell a story.

Q~ What's next?

A~ Next is turning this creative passion into more of a formal art business. I experimented with ETSY for a while and I've tinkered with Pintrest. I started a blog. I've done a few local art markets and exhibited with Del Ray Artisans. This next year, I need to pull all these parts together with a business plan, so I can take this start-up venture to more of a public traded commodity.

Q~ Glass half full or half empty?

A~ I've had a lot of years when all I could see was that empty glass. But since I've started living a more creative life I have to say my outlook is much more about the full glass. Doing something that gives you personal joy is what fills the glass.

Q~ What is your favorite question to ask people?

A~ "Where are you from?" I think a person's roots can tell you a lot. It's usually a good way to get people talking.

Q~ What is your answer to that question?

A~ I'm from Charleston, West Virginia. That should tell you family is very important to me and I enjoy the simple life much more than a city life.


To learn how to Barb does what she does, take her upcoming workshop!

Title: Reverse Canvas Assemblage

A one day class in which each participant will use a stretched canvas as their base to build an original piece using collected bits of their past or present life. Workshop at Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA - May 19th
To see samples and register to attend, please go to the Artistic Artifacts website.

Or, contact Barb for forthcoming markets,shows and classes:

Barb Boatman
Cut, Sew, Create Studio

Email: cutsewcreatestudio@gmail.com
Blog: http://cutsewcreatestudio.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Eco Art + Design Depot


Come celebrate EARTH DAY with creative, sustainable art, yummy food and classes!

This pop up festival builds off the the idea that being green can be fun and informative at the same time. There will be lots of workshops through the day, as well as a full marketplace of local artisans and vendors. When you get tired and hungry, stop for a bite to eat from one of the featured foodies.

When: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 11:00am until 4:00pm

Where: The Water Street Project
3401 Water Street NW, Washington, DC

Who: Co-organized by Benevolent Media and SCRAP DC
Lots of talented eco-artists talking about their work and selling their wares!

Website: For more information, vendor line up and workshop registration: http://benevolentmedia.org/ecodepot

And, just like all the best things in life: FREE!


I truly *can not* wait for Sunday! This day is going to be great- looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones! COme join us!~Jen

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Events at Jen-A-Fusion Next Weekend‏

Happy Spring! Blues skies, birds chirping, flowers popping and new purses are in the air!

Purse-spirations: Purses Inspired by Other Art Opening

Come to the Workhouse Arts Center for the opening of my show Purse-spirations: Purses Inspired by Other Art on Saturday, March 10 from 6-9pm. This opening is part of the on going 2nd Saturdays here at the Workhouse. Every month, we have a reception for the featured Artist of the Month. This month, it is Jen-A-Fusion Fashion Accessories!

What: Purse-spirations: Purses Inspired by Other Art

Where: The Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA, Building 9

When: Saturday, March 10, 6pm-9pm

Cost: FREE, family, date and singles friendly!

For more information, you can check the Workhouse website here.


Recycled Fabric Tote Bag Workshop


Ever wonder how I do what I do? Want to learn a little of how to do it yourself? Take this workshop and get an introduction to working with vintage and recycled fabrics!

This workshop will cover the basics of making bags out of recycled materials. Learn how to evaluate the fabric and create a functional tote out of old clothing and housewares. Remember, Green is the new Black!

You can look at the course catalog online and register here.

What: Recycled Fabric Tote Bag Workshop

Where: The Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA

When: Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, noon-2pm both days

Cost: $75 members / $85 non-members, PLUS a materials cost of $25, payable to the instructor.

Please bring a sewing machine and iron.


If you are not able to make it to either of these events, please feel free to come and visit me at the Workhouse and see the show during the month of March. In April, a whole new set of classes and workshops will start up for the spring session.

Happy crafting! ~Jen

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sewing Class Starts This Week‏


Happy New Year!

Hope the holidays didn't overwhelm you and the new year is treating you right. Was one of your resolutions to learn a new skill? If it was to filet a fish, play chess or make a souffle, I can't help you. However, if it was to learn how to sew, especially, make your own clothing, I can!

I will be starting a sewing class at the Workhouse Art Center this coming Wednesday, January 11, from 7-9pm. This six week course will cover the basic skills of how to read a commercial pattern and make slight adjustments for your figure. You will make a simple skirt as a base for future creative fashion adventures.

If you think you would like to make your own clothing, this is a great place to start! I will be able to guide you through the beginning steps and process to something a little more complex. You should have your own machine, iron and basic sewing supplies.

The cost is $110 for members of the Workhouse and for $125 for non-members. There is also a $10 materials fee to be paid to me for materials I will provide. The class meets at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA from 7-9pm for six weeks.

To learn more and/or register, please visit the Workhouse Arts Center's catalog here. In addition to this class, I will be teaching a Fiber Photo Transfer Workshop and a Recycled Fabric Tote Bag Workshop.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Happy creating!~Jen

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year!


Happiest of all New Years to you! Hope that the first week has been spent doing all those resolutions! ~Jen