May 18, 2014 Sunday

The Creative Closet

10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
reDiscover Center
12958 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles US

Solving everyday wardrobe dilemmas doesn't have to involve spending money on more clothes. In this course, we'll consider the many ways you can remake clothing you already own, for unique style, greater comfort, flattering color, and more fun! There will be hands-on opportunities to examine remade garments, and try various techniques. No sewing experience is required. Suitable for ages 13 and up. SUPPLIES YOU NEED TO BRING TO CLASS: Students should bring a notebook and pen/pencil; a sewing machine OR a hand-sewing kit (needles, thread, scissors, etc.); a garment or garments they'd like to rework during the class; and a bag of clothes to donate for the class's use. (Leftovers will be donated to a charity after the class.) I won't be teaching basic crochet, but if students might enjoy incorporating crochet into their projects, they should also bring a hook and yarn.

Bring one of the following:
art supplies (acrylic paints, brushes, sketchbooks, canvas, markers)
lasagna (I really love lasagna)
literary fiction in paperback
live plants for a garden
vintage hats, lace, or hard-side traincases
Yarn in natural fibers (cotton, wool, bamboo, etc.)

About the teacher, Nell Turley

Penny L. Richards PhD is a research scholar with UCLA's Center for the Study of Women, interested in craft activism, and an active member of Yarn Bombing Los Angeles. She's volunteered at several clothing swap events, and taught art education workshops throughout the South Bay. She enjoys rebuilding thrifted garments and linens, crocheting with non-traditional fibers, and creating large-scale costumes from crochet.