Dive into your creative practice with the support and encouragement of some of our day's leading Makers.
For 2019 I am proud to announce my Maine Stitching Retreats. I am very excited to be bringing these talented creative people to Maine to share their knowledge and their spirits with us. Please read through the full descriptions, as I am a wordy human, and I have a lot to say about these outings. Each image above is a link to the retreat. I hope you will be joining us this Summer for some slow Making…
In a few days I will be announcing news about two pairs of scholarships for each retreat. I hope you check back in a couple of days to read more about those opportunities. I am so happy to be in a position to offer them this year.
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 connect to our agency. We remember our ability to create, to make, to change, to connect. The retreats are about stitching but ultimately they’re about connecting to others, about recognizing and acknowledging the humanity in all of us. Centering that knowledge, and taking it with you back out into the world. 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:
• LLADYBIRD! •
Kitty Wilkin, Night Quilter
Karin Jordan, Leigh Laurel Studios
Elisa Albury: Slow Stitching Reflections
Lauren Taylor (LLADYBIRD)