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Design Outside the Lines - Ashland, OR March 19-24, 2023




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                    Retreat Cost:  $2,250.  

                   Deposit:  $600. due upon registration

    • Includes 5-day workshop (Sun -Fri),
    • tea & coffee daily in the studio
    • Our workshop venue will be in the Crystal Room in the historic Ashland Springs Hotel. See link below for on-site rooming options.

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        Guest Teacher: Carol Lee Shanks

                        Drawn to Stitch  

"The drawings I began last year have become a spark of inspiration for my sewing practice.  One of the things I’ve been doing is transferring the drawings by hand stitching them onto garments.  The hand stitching can become quite tedious so I thought it would be nice to break things up by making a few simple pieces based on my drawn shapes". 

"I folded some fabric onto my table, made some quick chalk marks, cut it out and began to sew.  A simple easy beginning.  I was enjoying the spontaneity knowing that soon I would have a new sweater.  But when I put the garment onto my body and went to the mirror to have a look I realized that in my excitement I had failed to honor the cloth.  It wasn’t the shape or style.  It was that I hadn’t found the best solution for the material.  The little voice said:  Follow the cloth; allow it to be your guide; respond to its properties, and it's nuances, as you make your design decisions.  I took the piece apart and began again". 

              BOAT TUNIC, by Carol Lee Shanks

"For me design decisions happen along the way as the cloth reveals itself during construction.  Random pieces of cut fabric appear and can direct a garments development by becoming  a collar, or a gusset, or maybe a sleeve.  Smaller cloth pieces can be applied as elements of surface design or can be pieced together to build a pocket.  This is a process of looking at what is available, of seeing the possibilities that present themselves and allowing exploration to be part of developing a garment.  My new sweater is simple yet secretly complex." Carol Lee Shanks  Dec 2022

     Hand-Stitched Drawing, by Carol Lee Shanks


  Drawn Clothing Shapes, by Carol Lee Shanks 

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"Deepening my love of piecing fabrics combined with stitched , drawn details and trims is part of re-building my wardrobe. I am always energized by making with new and unexpected materials.  Exploring new combinations and ways to link my mark-making and construction details will carry me into the spring when we come together." Diane


This workshop is an opportunity to explore your roots & create a new way to express your your passion for textiles. Sharing our design skills, we will guide you in growing YOUR process. We are looking forward to sharing with each participant.  Diane &  Carol


    Payment Options-

    A  $600.  deposit will hold your space, with the balance due 60 days out from the event. Below are links to make payments, or checks can be mailed to:

       Diane Ericson- 954 Golden Aspen Pl • Ashland, OREGON • 97520

    Cancellation policy: Your deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the retreat, your payments (less deposit) are refundable.  For cancellations within 15 days of the retreat, there is no refund.

     Lodging is not included.  A special rooming rate is being offered to retreat participants at the Ashland Springs Hotel, until 60 days out for the event. Contact the hotel or go online to make reservations: Individuals are welcome to book their rooms online by taking these 3 easy steps:

     Located  in Southern Oregon's beautiful Rogue Valley, this spring Design Outside the Lines Retreat will jump-start your 2023 design work!  

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