Dive into your creative practice with the support and encouragement of some of our day's leading Makers.
Here they are! I am very excited, and proud, about these retreats for 2018. Each year I think they get a little better, a little more expansive, a little more relaxed, a little more in line with my values. It gives me great pleasure to share them with you.
This year I am repeating both Slow Fashion and Slow Stitching, as they are so much fun, and I have gotten such positive feedback on them. I debated about adding to my offerings, but this idea with Lauren Taylor just had to be done. I think making your own clothing is so incredibly satisfying and gratifying, I want to share it with more people. Lauren and I put our heads together and came up with this one. I hope it turns you on as much as it does us.
As with last year, I am delaying the actual registration for all these for a month. So take your time, read over the descriptions, think about what you might like to do, how you can make it work. Talk it over with any relevant parties, see if you can make any of them work for you. Do this all without a towering deadline hanging over you. Do feel free to reach out and ask questions if there is some more info you need. Click on each image to be taken to the full description. I will open registration either just before or just after Quiltcon, so that means either February 20th or February 26th. But I will give plenty of warning when I figure that timing out.
Thanks in stitches,
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 in 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)