Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Educate Yourself

Embroidery class at Lena Corwin Studio

One of my favorite things to do when I have a little extra time on my hands, and a little extra cash in my bank account is to take classes in subjects I never had time to study. I started my career as a jewelry designer by taking a course from a local designer (who has since moved to L.A.) and then introductory evening courses at F.I.T. for a semester, before eventually deciding to get an Associates Degree in the subject. For those of you who live in New York, I highly recommend taking a look at the F.I.T. program, as it is very reasonably priced, and gives you an incredible base of technical skills.

If you aren't willing to commit yourselves for an entire semester, or are looking for craftier skills, I've also discovered Lena Corwin's studio classes in Brooklyn, which are taught by local artists and designers. The classes range from basic sewing and screen printing courses, to quirkier classes focusing on doll making and paper chandelier construction. I'm personally very interested in the upcoming Tie-Dye course taught by designer Shabd Simon-Alexander, who is known for her gorgeous collection of hand-dyed garments. I know plenty of you have commented on your lack of D.I.Y. skills, and I highly suggest getting your feet wet with one of these classes--who knows what hidden talents you might discover! Here is the list of upcoming classes for Spring, email info@lenacorwin.com for more information, or to sign up!

APRIL CLASSES

SCREEN PRINTING CLASS WITH LENA CORWIN
tuesday evenings, april 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 6pm - 7:30pm

DOLL MAKING CLASS WITH SIAN KEEGAN
thursday evenings, april 8th and 15th, 6pm - 8pm

EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP WITH CAL PATCH
one day workshop, saturday april 17th, 11am - 4pm


MAY CLASSES

TIE DYE CLASS WITH SHABD SIMON-ALEXANDER
details coming soon...

KIDS SEWING WORKSHOP WITH CAL PATCH
details coming soon...

PAPER CHANDELIER WORKSHOP WITH LENA CORWIN
details coming soon...


JUNE CLASSES

BUILT BY WENDY BLOUSE WORSKHOP WITH CAL PATCH
details coming soon...

-Tiffany

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4 comments:

Sutton said...

sounds like a great program!

thegreyestghost said...

Thank you for posting about this! I've been looking for some good craft and sewing classes to take. So many I see advertised are like $500! I'll definitely be checking for info on the tie dye class one it's posted.

hodge podge said...

hey, thanks so much for mentioning our classes! i love teaching at lena's studio; it's a really excellent space. coincidentally to your above post, i used to be a designer for UO ;n)

Ash Fox said...

i took an accessories class at FIT 7 years ago. it was horrible. we made a canvas tote bag. the professor was rude and awful. i've heard they've improved. anyway it's always good to learn a new skill. i'm looking into a class or two at sva.

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