January 19-24, 2021 in Portland/Oregon, USA

-in English language-

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The art of draping and upcycling was developed by Christine Mayer from the classic Japanese drapery. It represents a further development of the three-dimensional pattern cutting – working directly on the bust with original materials.
Especially by dealing with recycled materials and old fabrics, this is an inspiring method to directly influence the given materials, structures and the individual fit. The designer becomes a sculptor who develops its creation directly on the bust – in harmony with the materials and body shape.

Christine Mayer’s most recent collection has been made entirely from recycled fabric with a lot of love. As she puts it, she wants her clothes to ‘embrace the people who wear them’. What we appear to have lost over time is the attachment to and love for our clothing, and through her work Mayer reminds us of the great tenacity of this connection. Christine Mayer is teaching the art of garment upcycling; the creative reuse of worn and used fabrics. She gives people the opportunity and skills to work with old and loved fabrics and to re-imagine them as brand new garments.

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In this workshop you will learn and experience a new way of working with fabrics. You will be guided and carefully introduced to the art of draping.
Christine Mayer supports you in the individual process to grow the personal potential and to express it. You will work on your own creations on the mannequin dress form and design your very personal clothings. You can bring your favorite material or your own vintage clothings or a special one-of-a-kind fabric piece like fabric with old embroideries. The most important thing is that you have a connection to the material you are working with.
Christine Mayer will guide you to develop a personal treasure by upcycling and material processing. She will gently take you to new approaches and new expressions in your creative work.




  • introduction into Japanese Draping (3-dimensional pattern making)
  • Free Draping
  • Upcycling
  • welcome dinner
  • visit of thrift stores in Portland

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Please bring your own vintage clothings to work with: like used denims, grandmothers linen chemise or old fabric pieces like old embroideries or one-of-a-kind pieces and all materials you just LOVE! You will need a lot of pins (strong and extra fine), a good fabric scissors and your working materials.

Please bring your own dress form and if possible your sewing machine.
We can also help in renting a dress form or/and a sewing machine.


Workshop leader: Christine Mayer

Berlin-based fashion designer Christine Mayer has built a fashion career on re-purposing clothing and breathing new life into old garments.   She is a pioneer of three-dimensional free draping with fabric, an art form she has adapted and developed from her studies in classical Japanese drapery.
When it comes to clothing design, Christine’s style is recognisable for its collage aesthetics; where pattern and fabric constantly interrupt each other’s spaces. “Material that has been marked by life” is one of Christine’s biggest inspiration.
The aim in Christine’s teachings is to learn and experience a new way of dealing with fabrics. It’s about a conscious opening that moves away from the two-dimensional space, towards a unique three-dimensionality.

Christine is also trained in salubrious work and meditation. She teaches students and teachers at international fashion colleges and leads Creative Retreats and Workshops in United States, France, UK, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. 

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Tuesday, Jan. 1, 5pm – Welcome – Come Together
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 10am – 5pm – Workshop
Thursday, Jan. 21, 10am –  5pm – Workshop
Friday, Jan. 22, 10am – 5pm – Workshop
Saturday,  Jan. 23, 10am – 5pm – Workshop
Sunday, Jan. 24, 10am – 5pm – Workshop

Workshop fee: $1.500 

Lunch break 1 hour daily

Mousline for Japanese Draping will be provided by us. All other working materials (fabrics, vintage clothes, sewing materials, scissors…) are provided by the participants as well as a dress form. If you don’t have a dress form please contact us, we can help in renting one. It could be helpful to bring your own sewing machine.

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For informations and registration: Christine@intothelight.de or use the contact form:


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