Friday, May 21, 2010

Classes at The Fábrica: JUNE/JULY 2010

Dear Textile Arts Experts and Enthusiasts:

We are currently accepting proposals for classes to be held at "The Fábrica: Textile Arts & Salvage Workshop" during the months of June and July 2010. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge in some area of the textile arts, please submit a proposal by the 23rd of May. You may email your proposal to or post in the comment section here. All proposals should include: proposed date and time (must be outside of our normal hours and during June or July of 2010), class title, short class description, teacher name, a list of tools and supplies required (so we make sure they are available), and teacher contact info. We will compile and post a calendar of all these classes by the beginning of June.

There have been so many wonderful folks who have visited or emailed over the past two months! Many of you guys are years (or decades!) of experience that you are eager to share. Our class schedule will be a way that we can network experts and beginners and everyone in between. The Fábrica Collective (founders and volunteers: Ann, B, Elaina, & Stef) has discussed a general framework for classes based on the constraints of our equipment and space, the goals of the project, and the input of participants. Following is a list of some things we are considering. These are not intended to be firm rules, but please talk to us if you have any questions or concerns.

1. Salvage, reuse, waste-reduction, and re-purposing other folks' trash is very important to us. The classes hosted at The Fábrica should not emphasize the use of new materials. We can provide logistical support to interested teachers who aren't sure how to source materials without buying them new. Just ask!

2. Ideally, The Fábrica is/will be a space for all textile arts. We'd love to host classes in all areas of needle-work,sewing, knitting, embroidery, quilting, as well as weaving, felting, garment repair, and the myriad other textile-based crafts. However, we have a very small space, so, for the time being, we will not host "messy" projects in the workshop.That means: no fabric paint, silkscreen, dyeing, or other things that are more difficult to clean up and wash out. If you really, really, really want to do such a project, you'll have to find another place to host.

3. The Fábrica is intended to be a welcoming and safe space for all. We expect volunteers, teachers, and participants to act and speak according. We're sure you know what this means, but it's super important and deserves to be included here. Let us know if you'd like to discuss this issue.

4. Classes are an opportunity for us to raise money. Currently, The Fábrica Collective are each (four of us) paying about $50 per month out of pocket to pay for rent! We don't want to do that forever, but we also want people to participate regardless of their ability to pay. So, our "policy" is: $10 (or something) requested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

5. Due to the small size of our current workshop, classes should probably be limited to 5 - 10 students. Teachers may define how many students they wish to deal with in their classes.

6. If you have suggestions for classes that you cannot teach for whatever reason, tell us and we'll see what we can do.

7. Probably forgetting things. Oh well.

Thanks for your love and devotion,

The Fábrica Collective Member


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