Hands-On In-Studio Workshops!

Here is a press release about some workshops I will be teaching in the next few weeks. I have JUST gotten it together to get the word out about these so there is still plenty of room for people to sign up. You can email me if you want to learn more or to sign-up. My email is www.crispinaffrench@gmail.com.

ACCLAIMED RECYCLING ENTREPRENEUR/FIBER ARTIST
CRISPINA FFRENCH OFFERS HANDS-ON STUDIO WORKSHOPS

Press Contact:
Crispina ffrench, 413-441-9766 crispinaffrench@gmail.com

High resolution digital photos available upon request.

(Pittsfield, MA) Known internationally for her innovative textile recycling designs, artist/entrepreneur Crispina ffrench is offering Saturday studio workshops beginning June 14. Founder of Crispina, a twenty year old recycling/manufacturing creative economy company with environmentalism at the root of its mission, ffrench will open her Pittsfield studio in the former Notre Dame Church to small groups of students interested in learning her signature hand-constructed techniques. Each session focuses on a different type of project, completely hand made from 100% post consumer recycled clothing (mostly wool sweaters). All tools, materials and a healthy lunch will be provided at $125/day. No experience necessary, and attendees will have their own finished project to take home along with written instructions and a head full of inspiration.

Crispina has been featured in many national and international publications including, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Country Living Magazine, Country Home, Home Companion, Elle Décor, among others. Her work has been featured in several books on interiors and is in the private collections of celebrities including Carly Simon, Julia Roberts, Dave Matthews, Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Cohen, Ben Harper, and Ralph Lauren.

Saturday, June 14
Beginning Sweaters
Students will learn beginning techniques, stitches, and fabric placement to complete a sweater made completely by hand of 100% recycled wool sweaters. Simple construction will be demonstrated. Students should bring a favorite garment to use for a pattern. Plan to end the day with a complete (or nearly complete) garment, written instructions, supplier list and a day full of ideas to pursue.

Saturday, June 21
Beginning Stuffed Toys
Basic stitches, techniques, and construction details of stuffed toys/soft sculpture in the style of Crispina's original Ragamuffins will be demonstrated. Ragamuffins are stuffed toys completely hand sewn from 100% recycled wool sweaters. All tools and materials as well as a healthy lunch and written instructions will be provided. Students need to have strong hands for this workshop. At the end of the day each student should have finished a project and have had the opportunity to experiment with many ideas/techniques.

Saturday, June 28
Beginning Seasonal Decorations
This session will introduce students to simple techniques for making Wreaths, Holiday-Tree Baubles, and Wool Felt Flowers using 100% recycled wool sweater scrap. All tools and materials as well as a healthy lunch and written instructions will be provided. No sewing experience is necessary for this workshop. Students will end the day with samples of wreath, baubles, and flowers in addition to written directions, supplier list and ideas for everyone on their gift-giving list.

Workshops offered on June 14, 21, and 28, 2008 are to be held at Crispina's Sanctuary Studio in the former Notre Dame Church at 40 Melville Street in Pittsfield, MA. They cost $125 per session, which includes all materials and a healthy lunch. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Please call Crispina at 413-441-9766 or email crispinaffrench@gmail.com with any questions or to register. Examples of Crispina ffrench’s work can be seen at www.crispina.com.

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Calendar Listings:

June 14, 2008 – Beginning Sweater Workshop – 10-5pm
Crispina's Sanctuary Studio – 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Register at 413—441-9766 or crispinaffrench@gmail.com

June 21, 2008 – Beginning Stuffed Toy Workshop – 10-5pm
Crispina's Sanctuary Studio – 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Register at 413—441-9766 or crispinaffrench@gmail.com

June 28, 2008 – Beginning Seasonal Decorations Workshop – 10-5pm
Crispina's Sanctuary Studio – 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Register at 413—441-9766 or crispinaffrench@gmail.com