Shakerag Workshops have been taking place on the campus of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School for some eight years now. Among the rolling hills of the Cumberland Plateau, Shakerag operates as a community where artists + those eager to learn a craft come together in a creative learning environment. Similar to our sewing workshops, the instructors work closely with students in a full-immersion studio course. This summer, I am eager to travel here with our studio Directress, Diane, to teach sewing, to learn, and explore the Sewanee Hollow.

We will be teaching Open Design: Sewing and Construction during the week of June 17-23, 2012, as part of the second session. This is how I intend to spend my days at Shakerag: coffee + breakfast, sewing, delicious lunch, more sewing, and a relaxing yoga session or a hike on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Perimeter Trail. To end the day, a locally-sourced dinner- featuring adapted recipes from A New Turn in the South– followed by enrichment + faculty artist’s lectures. And of course, Hugh Acheson’s lecture, Wednesday evening, June 20, 2012, is a welcome interruption in the schedule.

From the Shakerag website:

Join renowned designer and activist Natalie Chanin and Alabama Chanin seamstress Diane Hall for a one-of-a-kind interactive design experience. Natalie will be on hand Sunday through Wednesday to guide participants through the whole design process, from concept to creation, and Diane will work with individual participants through the entire week. In the spirit of conservation and up-cycling, Natalie and Diane invite participants to bring at least one unwanted garment to deconstruct, reconstruct, alter, or embellish. Participants will learn a variety of techniques for re-purposing unwanted textiles: create a quilt that’s perfect for picnics, a rock-n-roll top with an amazing fit, opera length gloves with delicate hand-stitching, or a new garment entirely. As Natalie says, “The choices are yours, but we’d love to help!”

Contact Shakrag @ +1.931-598-5651 or visit their website for more information.


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