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A Study in Slow Fashion – Retreat

Thursday, August 23- Monday, August 27 2018

Join us in Michigan for 4 days of kinship in hand sewing, natural dye, surface design and nourishing our bodies with organic, local foods prepared by hand.

Tunic Sketches

We’ll explore hand sewing techniques on organic cotton jersey fabric, spend time working with natural dyes and surface design techniques such as block printing, shibori and stitch work and finish with either a skirt or a tunic made from our own organic, printed fabric and hand sewn in communion with other makers.    Join us, even if you’ve never threaded a needle.  The techniques we’ll explore are beginner friendly while also being well-suited for the experienced sewist/dyer/surface designer to expand their practice.

Skirt Sketches – planning

When we’re not making together, we’ll be eating delicious, handmade organic and local food, bonding around the evening bonfire, splashing in Lake Michigan (a mere 15 minute road trip), practicing yoga together, engaging in deep conversation over slow fashion, walking, and retreating into a world where your needs are cared for and your mind and spirit are free to make, dream and connect with like-minded folks and nature.  Join in for whichever parts feel right for you.


Our sanctuary for the week will be Blooming Valley Retreat; an intimate, rustic and magical space on 60 wooded acres, located in western Michigan, half way between Muskegon and Ludington.  {15 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan and a 4 hour drive from Chicago.}

To continue the synergy of the retreat, Blooming Valley is a mindfully-built, intimate home and facility, built in-part with local wood and repurposed building supplies.  They grow a large organic garden to feed themselves and their guests.  The main gathering space is a beautiful wooden yurt, built primarily by hand in a community workshop under the guidance of William Coperthwaite.




Shanna Robinson

Shanna will be teaching natural dyes, shibori and block printing.

“I have been making art from whatever material expresses my purpose for more than 30 years. Working in textiles, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking, I create a varied body of work connected by a love of the natural world.  I earned a MFA in textiles and am a Professor of Art at North Central Michigan College, where I teach art history, textiles and design.”


Some of Shanna’s work:


Tina Bury

Tina will be teaching hand sewing, garment fit and construction and introduction to fabric.

“While I work with many mediums – wood, clay, paper, fabric, yarn – I spend most of my time playing with textiles.  I have spent the last dozen years sewing garments.  As fit is pretty critical to my satisfaction with a finished garment, I’ve spent a lot of time working with pattern drafting/manipulation and fabric to achieve the fit and style I’m looking for.   This retreat will focus on hand sewing as it allows us to gather, learn, work on our projects and still engage in conversation without the hums of machinery.”

Tina’s Handmade Wardrobe:

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