One look at our upcoming events calendar will tell you that there are still quite a few opportunities to join us for an event in 2015. The School of Making continues to grow and create an array of learning experiences in different environments, with new and exciting ventures on the horizon.

I know it feels as though summer is barely over, but it will soon be time to start thinking about holiday gifts. (I can’t believe it, either.) There gift options for workshops both here at The Factory and abroad—in the literal sense. In 2016, Alabama Chanin will, for the first time, take The School of Making across the Atlantic Ocean.

Here is an overview of what 2015 still has to offer and what’s in store for 2016:

We continue our On Design series with discussions in October and November. On October 16, we will feature a talk with Rebecca and Chris van Bergen of Nest—the non-profit organization The School of Making has partnered with to focus on sustainable educational opportunities that impact communities. They will explain Nest’s mission and talk about using education to effect long-lasting social change. On November 19th, collaborator Rinne Allen will share some of the stories she chronicles as part of her Harvest series, for the New York Times T Magazine.

On October 22 and 23, we are offering back-to-back One-Day Workshops at The Factory. On Thursday the 22nd, we will host a One-Day Business Workshop focusing on the Alabama Chanin method of manufacturing, with specifics on using artisans as independent contractors, maintaining an organic supply chain, and manufacturing using sustainable methods. On Friday the 23rd, we will present a One-Day Indigo Workshop that will explore indigo dyeing techniques and hands-on instruction. These sessions are $475 each and still have limited availability.


We will wrap up 2015 with a final Classic Studio Weekend @ The Factory from November 6 – 8. View the event page for more information on how to register.

We currently have two Classic Studio Weekend Workshops scheduled for 2016: the first from May 13 – 15 and the second from November 11 – 13. Both of these workshops will be held at The Factory and participants will work with Natalie and the Alabama Chanin team on a customized project of choice from one of our Studio Series Books. As always, we offer a range of options that can be tailored to any skill level.

Our Classic Studio Week will be held from June 6 – 10 @ The Factory and will offer an in-depth look into Alabama Chanin’s philosophies, methods, materials, and products. Participants will be able to experiment with different techniques and learn details about design, stencils, patterns, fit, as they work on a custom garment from our Studio Book Series.


For the first time ever, The School of Making will offer a Weeklong Workshop Abroad from August 6 – 13 at Chateau Dumas in France. Workshop details are currently being finalized but are scheduled to include daily instruction from Natalie Chanin, opportunities to study dyeing with woad, gourmet meals, and quite a few excursions. Look for a detailed post about this workshop very soon.

We invite you to join our mailing list here to receive information on upcoming workshops, events at The Factory, away, and abroad.

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