Creative Summer Course: Mixed Upcycling Techniques

Guidance by Katharina SpitzDates: August 9, 10, 11 & 12Time: 10.30 AM – 4.30 PMMaterials & vegan lunch includedLanguage: EnglishLevel: intermediate/advanced


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You already know a few textile & sewing techniques? Sewing, crocheting, knitting and/or embroidery? And you are interested in combining them and learning about designing by using these crafting skills? Then now it is time to play with the possibilities of doing so. Within this mixed technique upcycling course, we will play and experiment with old garments and re-create them into something new by using our various technical skills.

We will start with a collective exercise to discover the possibilities of creative crafting. After that we will design new garments from a combination of old garments by experimenting and playing with the material, techniques and garments. We make the new garments within this four-day workshop. In the end each of us will go home with a new and desirable re-created garment and a lot of inspiration of how to combine different textile techniques in one and the same piece.

For this workshop you should be interested in a combination of design and crafting and should already have some crafting and sewing experience.

Program of the 4 days:

Day One
Getting Acquainted: who are we, what do we expect, what techniques and garments did we bring?
Introduction: into what we are going to do and explanation of the concept of designing by combining crafting-techniques and upcycling. Also introduction into timetable of the workshop.
Collective Exercise: Combining techniques: step one:
Introduction techniques with samples:
1 . ] connecting knit/crochet to tailored item
2 . ] quilting together different swatches, using seams as ornament
3 . ] introducing soluvlies
4 . ] making „yarn“ from cut fabric strips. step twO:
Each of us shares a technique they are know already and we share more ideas on how to combine them. step three: in samples we are experimenting with that. Each participant decides on at least one method to try in a sample
Exercise recap: we show each other the swatches and talk about our experiences. we reflect on happenings/insights/frustrations of the day.

Day Two
Introduction: what is happening today?
Fully and to loose fear of experimenting with garments: We choose garments in groups and within the day combine them to something new and make it
Daily recap = presentation of collective exercise and sharing of experiences and strategies

Day three
Introduction: what is happening today?
Start of individual [or if wanted in pairs] upcycling project:
1 . ] choose garments
2 . ] what kind of techniques would you like to use
3 . ] start draping, sketching, cutting and develop your idea step by step by step.
AFTER LUNCH everyone should start with the final garment
Daily recap: we reflect on happenings/insights/frustrations of the day

Day Four
Introduction: what is happening today?
Continue working on piece until finished
Might do more experiment or a second piece if you’re fast.
Final recap: we reflect on happenings/insights/frustrations of the workshop. What did we discover, does this technique work for us? Can we now approach or not-anymore-beloved garments as full of potential rather than something to discard?

About Katharina
Katharina is a fashion designer and dressmaker based in Amsterdam. After her apprenticeship as a couture dressmaker in Germany and working at the Dutch National Opera her work developed into a more artistic direction. She studied at Universität der Künste in Berlin, where she also had a junior teaching position for two years, before returning to Amsterdam. There she founded her fashion design studio Katharina Spitz. Her designs, performances and dressmaking try to open up new perspectives and ways of being in a world that is suffering from pollution, misogyny and alienation. Crafting is for her a critical tool. She has a great passion for hourlong handiwork – and for sharing the technical knowledge she gained throughout her years within the crafting industry.
Website: IG: @kathakathak



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