Dive into your creative practice with the support and encouragement of some of our day's leading Makers.
A Gathering of Stitches is proud to bring a lovely line-up of thoughtful Makers to Maine for the Summer of 2017. Our retreats this year will focus on slowing down your practice, your pace, your breath, and your mind to allow yourself the time and space to absorb some new ideas about Making. Our mantra this year is Slow. Slow Stitching, Slow Fashion, Slow Maine. Come join Cal Patch, Katrina Rodabaugh, and Jessica Lewis Stevens for a week of Slow Fashion on the beach in July at the Ferry Beach Park Association. Or if quilting is more your thing, come in August and hang out with Chawne Kimber, Heather Jones, and Kim Eichler-Messmer for some sweet stitching in the woods at Medomak Retreat Center. You can read more about Slow Fashion Here, and Slow Stitching Here.
AGOS brings some of the top names in Modern Stitching to this grand corner of the country for a series of in-depth gatherings. Maine is off the beaten track, an oasis from the fast-paced life so many of us live. The speed of life is a little slower here, allowing your creative mind to wander where it will. With these retreats AGOS incorporates the best of both the quiet and the stimulation, to create unique opportunities for stitchers with some of the most creative minds (and hands) in the world of stitching. Bring your quilting and garment sewing practice to Maine and see what you go home with.
For any event at AGOS, you will work in small groups to foster deep practice, giving you the opportunity to ask all the questions you might have, with time and space to explore the answers. I take care of all the basic necessities so you can relax and focus on the making. There is a reason why so many artists and writers find Maine the perfect place to create. There is plenty of space - psychic and physical - for creating up here. Making happens in all sorts of settings, creativity is sparked by our surroundings, conversations we have, vistas we see, meals we share. Maine is ripe for such inspiration with it's rustic beauty, the immersion in Nature, and the slower pace. I try and do all the advance work so when you show up, all this inspiration is just waiting for you.....
I believe that few experiences in life cannot be made better by stitching. Truly... Whether you do it to escape, or you choose it as your avocation, stitching is a way to connect us to our ancestors, our community, and ourselves. When we engage in these tactile analog traditions we remember our ability to create, to make, to change, to connect. AGOS gives you the opportunity to turn off the day-to-day noises (or at least turn the volume way down) and turn up your creative voice. My retreats combine a good mix of structure and epiphany. There is always time to process what you're learning in the moment. And if you really just need to go for a walk, that's totally cool. I want you to return to your daily life feeling renewed, energized and maybe a little jazzed about a new skill.
If you'd like to read more about the background of these retreats read my blog post here. You can read about the 2015 retreats below:
Kitty Wilkin, Night Quilter
Karin Jordan, Leigh Laurel Studios
Elisa Albury: Slow Stitching Reflections
Lauren Taylor (LLADYBIRD)