The Canvas invites public to refashioning workshop

Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2010

For those interested in learning about refashioning, The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will hold its first repurposed clothing workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 13. The event is free and open to the public, said MK MacNaughton, the workshop's organizer.

This opportunity is made possible by funding from the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the Alaska Association for School Boards and the City and Borough of Juneau. The workshop is a great way for beginning, intermediate and experienced refashioners of all ages to get together and turn an old shirt into something new. A few sewing machines will be available, along with instructors.

MacNaughton credits Sadie Ingalls and her brother, Lacey, for inspiring this workshop after attending San Francisco's Swap-O-Rama-Rama.

"The event was similar to a clothing swap where people brought their old clothes to trade," said Ingalls. "But there were different artists and stations for people to learn to silk screen, hem, embroider and other ways to transform their clothes."

Workshop participants are invited to bring old shirts and clothes to trade and sew. For those looking to clean out their stash of craft supplies, The Canvas will accept donations such as embroidery thread and items that can be appliquéd onto fabric. MacNaughton is also looking for volunteers to help teach sewing.

"If there is enough interest, this could be a regular event for people to come together, learn from each other and be inspired," she said.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate, contact MacNaughton at 586-1750 or mmacnaughton@reachak.org.

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