design outside the lines retreat-

                                             •  March 18-23, 2018  •   Ashland, Oregon  •

                            Hand to Cloth:  Draping a Personal Garment         

In those first moments, when you touch cloth…….so much is possible.  Working directly on the dressform invites your experience directly through your fingers. Trusting what you know becomes your base (an invisible structure) for this new, more intuitive  level of sewing. Diane 

Guest Teacher, Christine Mayer -                            

Christine's Design Philosophy 
Berlin-based fashion designer Christine Mayer has built a fashion career on re-purposing clothing and breathing new life into old garments.   She is a pioneer of three-dimensional free draping with fabric. This method is an art form Christine adapted and developed from her studies in classical Japanese drapery.  
When it comes to clothing design, Christine’s style is recognizable for its collage aesthetics; where pattern and fabric constantly interrupt each other’s spaces. “Material that has been marked by life” are one of Christine’s biggest inspirations.  


Working directly onto a dressform Christine will share how to artfully drape and stitch to create original clothing with a comfortable fit. This fresh and liberating way of making clothes brings with it a new set of rules which has far more in common with sculpting than dressmaking.  
The aim in Christine’s teachings is to learn and experience a new way of working with fabrics. It’s about a conscious opening that moves away from the two-dimensional space, towards a unique three-dimensionality.
With a new understanding and the principles of working three-dimensionally, you’ll enjoy the process of allowing your garments to evolve.

In this workshop, you will learn the art of combining, cutting, rethinking and recreating . Diane & Christine will be sharing their process working on a collection of spring shirts. Each participant will work on their own creation, developing a personal treasure by up-cycling and collaging their materials. 

  • Sharing our design skills, we will guide you in the process and teach you the art of working directly on the dressform.  We are looking forward to supporting each participant in exploring personal potential, growing and expressing your design eye.  This workshop is your opportunity to explore & create a new vocabulary with your sewing skills. 

Your textile sewing experience is now at your fingers tips…..
                                                Join us for this next unfolding of your design eye through the world of intuitive draping.  


Retreat Cost-

  • Retreat cost:  $2,395.  (double occupancy)
  • Commuter Rate: $1,875.
  • Single Supplement: $565.
  • Spouse companion rate: $600.

PAyment Options-

A  $500.  deposit will hold your space, with the balance due 60 days out from the event.

 Cancellation policy:  Your deposit  is non-refundable.  You may transfer your reservation to another person or to another retreat within the same year if unable to attend.     

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Join us in beautiful, historic downtown Ashland Oregon for a memorable retreat full of creativity, inspiration and sewing in a beautiful setting: The Ashland Springs Hotel. Located  in the Beautiful Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, The Design Outside the Lines Retreat might just be the perfect inspiration this spring.  

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