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Each year is planned over a few months and then announced here. The calendar for 2017 is still being developed so stay tuned. My plan is to release the line-up by the end of January. If you want to be sure not to miss the announcement, sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the homepage.
For 2016 I have eleven retreats or workshops on the schedule. Click HERE for the full selection, and to read full descriptions of each. I hope you come join us, they're a ton of fun....
AGOS is bringing 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, but encompasses the perfect combination of rural contemplation and urban creativity, with it's agricultural traditions juxtaposed with one of the country's best food scenes in Portland. With these retreats AGOS will corral the best of both 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.
I have chosen nurturing locations to serve as the backdrop for such notable craftspeople as Jen Beeman of Grainline Studio, Heather Jones, Cal Patch, Chawne Kimber, Alison Glass, Amber Corcoran & Jaime Jennings of Fancy Tiger Crafts, and Christine Haynes and Alexia Abegg. This is the current line-up for 2016. But I just may have a few more surprises up my sleeve.... For any event at AGOS, you will work in small groups to foster deep practice, and I will organize all of your 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.
In addition to the rural experience, some of these workshops take a longer and/or more intensive format right here in Portland - America's Foodiest Small City says Bon Appetit. You can use our tools (see the Studios page) in our forty-five hundred square foot space, with some extra flourishes. Catered lunches and farm dinners will be sourced from Portland's pool of incredibly talented chefs. Generally these workshops will be more intensive, focusing on a particular skill or technique, and spending quality time delving into the subject. The group of participants will be small so you can get individual attention, and learn at your pace, not the group's. These workshops are the opposite of the large convention learning atmosphere. Don't get me wrong, I love learning with, and from, a large group of my fellow students, but sometimes you want the time, space, and access to a teacher to slow down and really grasp the material at hand.
Whether the workshop you take is under the studio roof in Portland, or in one of the other beautiful Maine locations, your experience will be unique. I keep the participant size of our offerings small to ensure that you can ask all the questions you need, and spread out with your ideas, materials and creativity. 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. 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 workshops combine a good mix of structure and epiphany. 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:
Elisa Albury: Slow Stitching Reflections
Lauren Taylor (LLADYBIRD)