Creating + Manipulating Trims | Tassels, Pleating, and Pom-Poms

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

This workshop is designed to expand your design horizons, teaching you to create your own custom trims. Students will be encouraged to play and think about ways of using familiar materials in new ways, as well as exploring unusual ways of using non-traditional elements.

You will learn to create tassels and pom-poms using a variety materials. We will also explore pleating ribbons in inventive ways. Experimentation and thinking outside the box will be emphasized, as well as how to integrate these techniques into your existing design practice and aesthetic point of view.


The class will be a mixture of demos and workshop time for you to test out different techniques. 
Small class size (max 8 students) with two instructors will ensure time for individual questions and explorations.


Students with all levels of experience are welcome!


Tuition includes:


-Materials to execute class demonstrations: ribbons, muslin, rayon cord, tassel forms, Horween leather, yarn, and other materials 
-Light snacks 
-Handouts and other supporting materials
-Use of studio equipment and tools. 


About the Instructors:


Gerry Quinton’s line Morúa specializes in corsetry and gowns characterized by strong, graceful silhouettes, romantic inspirations and exquisite detailing.


Quinton was born in Costa Rica and has also lived in Spain and England. Her work is influenced by a sense of displacement and nostalgia that comes from leading a life split amongst continents, drawing on old-world craftsmanship traditions of tailoring and corsetry.


Gerry has developed a stellar reputation as a corsetiere both in London and Chicago. Her experience ranges from bespoke design and construction to pattern drafting for all kinds of garments, to teaching for the fashion industry and colleges.


She is a founding fellow of the Oxford Conference of Corsetry in Oxford, UK. Clients and students travel from around the world to be fitted and learn from her. Her most recent high profile client was Madonna, who wore one of her pieces in a video shot by Steven Klein.


Jamie Hayes’ inter­ests lie at the inter­sec­tion of fashion, art, labor, and iden­tity. Her approach is both collab­o­ra­tive and customized. She believes that clothes should fit one’s body (not the other way around); that people should wear what flat­ters and inter­ests them rather than what someone else dictates is fash­ion­able; that style is a form of self-expression; and that everyone in the chain of produc­tion of clothing should be paid a living wage.
Jamie has worked in the fashion industry since 1999, and in the field of immi­grant and labor rights since 2009. Her recent work merges these two paths: she has designed for fair trade orga­ni­za­tions including SERRV, Inter­crafts Peru, and Threads of Yunnan, and has volun­teered as a Campaign Leader for Chicago Fair Trade. She is the owner and designer of slow fashion line Produc­tion Mode, Her work has been featured in Elle and Paper Magazine, and on the cover of Billboard. 
Together Gerry and Jamie design a collection of luxury slow fashion lingerie and night­wear, Depart­ment of Curiosi­ties, which has been worn by Geena Davis. All classes take place in their showroom/studio in Logan Square, where their collections are designed and crafted.


Location:


Our studio is located at 3013 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. There is ample street parking. The studio is a ten-minute walk from the California stop on the Blue Line.

What to Bring

Sewing & marking tools: Please bring your own sewing kit, cutting shears, and rulers.

What's Provided

Materials to execute class demonstrations: ribbons, muslin, rayon cord, tassel forms, Horween leather, yarn, and other materials

Custom Cancellation Policy

Charges for the course are non-refundable, but are transferable to a future course if cancellation is made with a 30 day notice.

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MORE ABOUT YOUR HOST

Department of Curiosities is a slow fashion atelier and home to Morúa, Production Mode, and our eponymous collection of luxury lingerie and nightwear, all created and sold in-house.

Part workshop/part showroom/part concept store, the Department of Curiosities also hosts exhibitions, lectures, performances and workshops.

The designers behind Department of Curiosities:

Gerry Quinton designs Morúa, a line specializing in corsetry and gowns characterized by strong, graceful silhouettes, romantic inspirations and exquisite detailing.
Quinton was born in Costa Rica, and has also lived in Spain and England. Her work is influenced by a sense of displacement and nostalgia that comes from leading a life split amongst continents, drawing on old world craftsmanship traditions of tailoring and corsetry.
Gerry has developed a stellar reputation as a corsetiere both in London and Chicago.

Her experience ranges from bespoke design and construction, to pattern drafting for all kinds of garments, to teaching for the fashion industry and colleges.
She is a founding fellow of the Oxford Conference of Corsetry in Oxford, UK. Clients and students travel from around the world to be fitted and learn from her. Her most recent high profile client was Madonna, who wore one of her pieces in a video shot by Steven Klein.

Jamie Hayes’ interests lie at the intersection of fashion, art, labor, and identity. Her approach is both collaborative and customized. She believes that clothes should fit one’s body (not the other way around); that people should wear what flatters and interests them rather than what someone else dictates is fashion¬able; that style is a form of self-expression; and that everyone in the chain of production of clothing should be paid a living wage.

Jamie has worked in the fashion industry since 1999, and in the field of immigrant and labor rights since 2009. Her recent work merges these two paths: she has designed for fair trade organizations including SERRV, Inter¬crafts Peru, and Threads of Yunnan, and has volunteered as a Campaign Leader for Chicago Fair Trade. She is the owner and designer of slow fashion line Production Mode, Her work has been featured in Elle and Paper Magazine, and on the cover of Billboard.

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