Hey Welcome! I’m Crispina ffrench
Artist, Educator, Empowerer, Plant Eater,
Nature Lover, Cookie Baker, Climate Change Activist
I’m glad you are here, Now let’s make shift happen.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Used Clothing Alchemy Wardrobe

October 1, 2020
Oct 4, 2020

Mindfully turn a collection of beloved but no-longer-wearable clothing into new wardrobe items that express your creativity with affordability, comfort, fit, and flattery.

Consider what clothing shapes and colors feel beautiful, put-together, and comfortable. Bring 6-12 pieces to repurpose or swap, as well as favorite garments to use for a pattern (these will not be harmed).

Tips and tricks for cutting and sewing, design consultations and feedback will help steer you toward new wardrobe staples or statement pieces!

Learn to take this making process into all aspects of your life by seeing possibility where previously you might have seen obstacles.

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THANKFUL Sampler Workshop

February 5, 2020
Feb 5, 2020

Join recycling textile artist, author, and influencer Crispina ffrench for an evening of textile waste creativity making a sweet modern-day THANKFUL sampler using embroidery, iron-on and stitched appliques, and embellished with vintage buttons. There is no experience necessary - all hand sewn, needles and embroidery floss provided. Participants should bring an iron & ironing board if possible.

Finished work can be framed or crafted into a lovely pillow. It is 16"x8".

Pre-registration is required by noon on Friday, January 31 for this FREE limited-space workshop: or 413-623-5483

Workshops are funded by a grant from the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Creative Recycling

The Alchemy of Transforming Used Clothing
January 4, 2020
Jan 8, 2020

For all levels; no sewing experience needed. Recreate your wardrobe by cutting, sewing, and fitting out-of-style, stained, ill-fitting, or otherwise unwearable clothing into a new favorite item. This mindfulness-based, hands-on retreat kicks off with demonstrations of restyling techniques. Then, Crispina ffrench offers individual consultations to help you devise a game plan, so you can get to work reinventing your worn-out clothes.

Please bring a collection of freshly laundered garments to restyle or swap with the group. This can include a favorite fabric scrap or piece of meaningful yardage to incorporate and share. You return home with a custom-fitted, wonderfully styled new garment of your own design and creation.

Note: Tuition includes all materials, but you may also plan to bring your own small sewing machine or sewing scissors, if you have them. If you are interested in working on non-clothing reconstruction projects (i.e., blankets, rugs, wall décor), please contact Crispina at before the program.

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Crispina and The Dolphin Studio Holiday Sale

a rare peek inside our little woodland studio where all the magic happens
December 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Join me for a rare peek inside my textile recycling studio and see where the printing happens for The Dolphin Studio.  All my latest work will be for sale along with beautiful handmade prints from The Dolphin Studio including our 2020 Dolphin Studio Calendar.  A fun evening of shopping and warm drinks.

331 Surriner Road, Becket, MA 01223

Holiday Shindy

December 14, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

This December one of the most spectacular handmade craft fairs in the region will again take place on the second weekend of December, just in time for holiday shopping. For over a decade the Holiday Shindy has featured strikingly accomplished artisans selling their wares in the majestic setting of what is the newly instated Al-Khalil Cultural Center (formally Shire City Sanctuary). This year we continue our tradition with an intimate shopping experience of 40 vendors hand selected for their unique and distinctive offerings. Hours for the Shindy are Saturday, December 14th from 10AM to 5PM and Sunday, December 15th from 10AM to 5PM. Admission is $3 for the general public. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Barnspace Holiday Market

December 5, 2019
Dec 5, 2019

Race Brook Lodge will be hosting our Barnspace Holiday Market, Sunday December 1st from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Join us for great local and artisanal gifts and crafts, live music, libations and community celebrations! For out-of-town guests we are offering a Special package that includes accommodations, dinner at The Stagecoach Tavern, and a $25 credit at the Holiday Market!

The special package can be found here: or be booked by calling 413-229-2916.

2019 Vendor Application:

Sunday December 1st, 2019 - 12-5 pm
The Barnspace at Race Brook Lodge
864 South Undermountain road ( AKA Rt 41 ) Sheffield, MA


For packages, including accommodations at Race Brook Lodge and dinner at The Stagecoach Tavern: Race Brook Lodge is a hidden gem in The Berkshires, at the foot of Mt. Race and a short hike from the Appalachian trail. The yoga & event barn at Race Brook is simultaneously rustic and sublime, steeped in hundreds of years of New England history. The Stagecoach Tavern is unpretentious fine dining, exquisite farm-to-table cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Much of the food is sourced from Race Farm, right on the property!