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Draping Jackets Online

Image: Garments Christine Mayer, photography (c) Billy & Hells.

Christine Mayer has launched a new three part online draping class dedicated to jackets, which starts on 30 May. During the class, Christine will teach upcycling using a men’s jacket, men’s shirt or military shirt, which will be transformed into a women’s fitted jacket. In addition to her own classes, which includes a class for Australian timezones, Christine will also be teaching online for Selvedge in June. Here, Christine talks about her positive experience of ‘virtual’ teaching and why draping is her preferred way of creating unique garments.

Images taken by Christine during a draping workshop May 2020.

How have you found teaching online rather than in person?

The online workshops work really well. My teachings are focused on the draping demonstrations where the participants can see how I’m working. That opens often the eyes to a new way of thinking about the process of creating. After these demonstrations people start to drape on their own dress form in their homes or studios. I “go around” virtually and talk to everybody and try to help if help is needed. With an online format self-responsibility is required, as I cannot help with my hands and show them anything on their pieces directly. I have to trust that they do it in their own way just with the inspiration I gave them. That’s for me as well a great learning process!

What do you like about draping as a process?

The goal in my workshops is always to free people from old learned structures and habits and to give the permission to think things in a radical new way. So, it’s about coming out of a cage and going beyond the limitations. Draping is a wonderful way to get free of any concepts of the mind. I teach people that there are no rules in draping. It’s about listening to the material and following the flow of its expression. The fabric always guides you and that’s the whole secret in draping. I love to teach this and to observe how the participants then explore and free themselves. It’s like if the fabric talks to you in a way that you feel the history of the textile so you can add something of yourself and your own history to the piece.

Online Draping Workshop, Unit I, Jackets starts on 30 May. Online draping workshop – special for Australia/ New Zealand starts on 10 July.

For more information visit www.intothelight.de.

For more information about Christine’s online workshop for Selvedge visit our Workshops page.


Draping Workshop Online – Selvedge Blog

Draping Jackets Online

Image: All images taken by Christine during a draping workshop May 2020.

Christine Mayer has launched a new three part online draping class dedicated to jackets, which starts on 30 May. During the class, Christine will teach upcycling using a men’s jacket, men’s shirt or military shirt, which will be transformed into a women’s fitted jacket. In addition to her own classes, which includes a class for Australian timezones, Christine will also be teaching online for Selvedge in June. Here, Christine talks about her positive experience of ‘virtual’ teaching and why draping is her preferred way of creating unique garments.

How have you found teaching online rather than in person?

The online workshops work really well. My teachings are focused on the draping demonstrations where the participants can see how I’m working. That opens often the eyes to a new way of thinking about the process of creating. After these demonstrations people start to drape on their own dress form in their homes or studios. I “go around” virtually and talk to everybody and try to help if help is needed. With an online format self-responsibility is required, as I cannot help with my hands and show them anything on their pieces directly. I have to trust that they do it in their own way just with the inspiration I gave them. That’s for me as well a great learning process!

What do you like about draping as a process?

The goal in my workshops is always to free people from old learned structures and habits and to give the permission to think things in a radical new way. So, it’s about coming out of a cage and going beyond the limitations. Draping is a wonderful way to get free of any concepts of the mind. I teach people that there are no rules in draping. It’s about listening to the material and following the flow of its expression. The fabric always guides you and that’s the whole secret in draping. I love to teach this and to observe how the participants then explore and free themselves. It’s like if the fabric talks to you in a way that you feel the history of the textile so you can add something of yourself and your own history to the piece.

Online Draping Workshop, Unit I, Jackets starts on 30 May. Online draping workshop – special for Australia/ New Zealand starts on 10 July.

 

 

For more information visit www.intothelight.de.

For more information about Christine’s online workshop for Selvedge visit our Workshops page.

CREATE WHIMSY Interview with Christine Mayer

Fashion upcycling pioneer Christine Mayer takes garments and textiles that have a history of use and transforms them into sought-after clothing designs. The new life she gives these textiles comes about intuitively as she drapes fabric on a mannequin, designing in three dimensions.

Christine portrait
Photo by Grit Siwonia

What is your background as a creative?

I studied fashion design, then worked for many years as a costume designer for international theatre and opera companies. When I came to Berlin in 1999 I fall in love with this vibrant city and decided to make my own brand and collection.

I created an army-jacket which I draped on the dress form out of recycled army shirts from the 80’s. This jacket made my career. I sold it on and on and it’s still a signature piece in my work. Within one year I sold my collection to the best designer stores in Europe and the United States, as well as some department stores in Japan.

Fashion photo of jacket made from old linen sacks

Photo by Billy and Hells

How did you get started working with textiles?

During my childhood in Germany, I played with my sister and cousins at our grandparents’ farmhouse and spent a lot of time in the barn and huge hayloft. The place was full of old wood, handwoven linens, cornsacks, mangle cloths and wonderful white bed sheets. I loved all these materials, so I started using them to hand sew dresses, hats and shoes for my dolls.

My grandmother was a tailor and my aunt a textile and fashion designer. They both inspired me a lot. My grandmother had the gift of being able to create beautiful things out of almost nothing. I think the years of scarcity during the war must have taught her this.

When I finished school I knew I had to follow a creative path with textiles, specifically fashion, costume and design, but to do it in a very conscious way.

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Fashion photo of jacket made from old sacks and antique linens

Photo by Billy and Hells

Do you think that creativity comes naturally to people, or do you think creativity is a skill that people can learn? 

Everybody is creative! For me, creativity means being connected with the creative energy around us. When we watch nature, we can see the highest possible creativity. Because everything is growing and evolving in the most beautiful way. If we get connected to the force that empowers all life in this Universe, our life will then get a creative firework. We are not creating out of our mind anymore, but the creativity is flowing through us and we are receiving from a higher source.

For me creativity goes far beyond creating something with our hands, it’s essential as we move forward in our life to be able to envision how we want to live our life and what we want to manifest. Creativity means becoming the artist of the own life.

Close up of old linens with embroidery
Fashion photo of jacket with one piece of vintage embroidery

Photo by Billy and Hells
Cover photo Showing Men's and Ladies jackets

What advice do you have for those who want to expand their creativity?

Find a deep connection with yourself. Meditation and Yoga or any regular practice can help.
Do things which you love. Play around with material like a child. No pressure!
Creativity is about freedom, wildness and being a child again. So think everything NEW!
Give up the traditional ways you learned and go beyond the limitations!

For me Kundalini Yoga is a wonderful tool to go beyond our own boundaries and to free oneself.

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Close up of embroidery incorporated into a jacket
Close up of piecing on a jacket

When it comes to creating, are you more of a planner or an improviser?

I’m always working from the space of my heart and my intuition, so I am never making concepts or planning things. It’s more about feeling and receiving and then playing with the material. Draping is a wonderful way to get free of any concepts of the mind. Draping is about listening to the material and following the flow of its expression. The fabric always guides you and that’s the whole secret in draping. I love to teach this and to observe how the participants then explore and free themselves.

Close up of embroidery on a baby dress
Antique baby dress displayed
 Do you have a mentor? 

Mother Nature is my master.

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Why do recycled materials and old fabrics speak to you? What do you want to say when you use them in your designs?

For me, the material is always the inspiration. I love materials that have so much history – floursacks, mangle cloths, handwoven linens, old embroidered pieces from all over the world… I believe that everything has a soul and if you find a connection with a piece of fabric, maybe one with a history, then you will know exactly how to mould and shape it. It’s like if the fabric talks to you in a way that you feel the history of the textile so you can add something of yourself and your own history to the piece.

In the beginning, I transformed old military garments into powerful feminine jackets. Each jacket was a handmade individual piece, draped on the dress form. It was a transformation of the male military energy into something beautiful and peaceful. After I created this jacket I wanted to give something back so I started to support children in India and Nepal with the collection and the MAYER Peace Collection was born.

Christine Mayer Quote

Peace Summer Collection Vest

Photo by Billy and Hells
Peace Summer Collection Dress

Photo by Billy and Hells
Peace Collection Rose Mantel Jacket

Photo by Billy and Hells

What are the advantages of draping and three-dimensional pattern cutting for garment design? How do they improve the fit of a garment?

The three-dimensional pattern making (Japanese Draping) is a technique of creating the pattern directly on the dress form.
I learned this during my studies in Fashion Design from Tamotsu Kondo, a Draping artist from Japan. He taught us how to create patterns three-dimensional directly on a mannequin. This unconventional way of creating patterns was completely new to me and so it was a breakthrough moment. It was like being offered an instrument of freedom. Once I had learnt the method, I NEVER created a two-dimensional pattern again. The draping method was so much more intuitive and I could see directly how my steps influence the fitting of the piece. The fitting of draped patterns is fantastic!

After I learned this classical method of draping, I started to experiment using recycled materials, moulding and patching them directly on the dress form, thus creating individual unique pieces of garments. This was in a time when Upcycling was not common.

I have been a pioneer of it in a way. 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. So the designer becomes a sculptor who develops the creation directly on the bust – in harmony with the materials and body shape.

Christine draping on a manequin

Photo by Nida White

What sets your workshops apart from other design methods?

I try to teach my workshops and retreats in a holistic and comprehensive way. My goal is always to free people from old learned structures and habits and to give the permission to think things in a radical new way. So it’s about coming out of a cage and going beyond the limitations. I want to set the souls free of any boundaries! If this happens in the creative and design process, it can change as well something in people’s lives because they allow themselves to get rid of old structures and patterns.

Draping a jacket on a manaquin

Photo by Nida White 

What are the indispensable tools and materials in your studio? 

I love to work with less but best materials. Beside many old loved hand woven textiles my dress form is the most important tool of my work. I’m working with a Japanese form which has the best fitting I know.

Mixed media piece of wood, paper, fiber and embroidery
Antique needlework of an angel
Mixed Media art with wood and old linens

Do you use a sketchbook or journal? How does that help your work develop?

I love journaling after awakening in the morning out of a fresh soul. I try to do this every morning and just listening inside of myself and writing whatever comes up.

During the lock down I started to write on a book about my work, my life, about infinite creativity and consciousness. That’s something I always wanted to do, but never had the time for it. Now the book called me and I started to listen, to receive and to write down.

One of Christine's creations

Photo by Nida White 

What plays in the background while you work? Silence? Music, audiobooks, podcasts, movies? If so, what kind?

I play a lot of spiritual music during my Yoga classes. While working with textiles I love silence.

I do not watch any movies, neither listen to audiobooks. But I love to be in silence or listen to the voice of nature. I feel so much richness inside of myself that everything which comes from outside might bring me away from this field.

Jacket, dress and skirt

Photo by Billy and Hells
Fashion photo of top made with vintage lace

Photo by Billy and Hells
Fashion photo of jacket made from antique embroidered linens

Billy and Hells

What is your advice for someone starting out in fashion design?

Be yourself!
Be authentic!
Create something that serves the community and the world!
Don’t lose your goal!
Keep the light burning!
Never give up!

Visit Christine’s website for details on upcoming online and in-person Draping Workshops and Retreats.

Online Draping Class Saturday twice a month

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I will offer from now on an ongoing online workshop with Zoom twice a month always Saturdays. This workshop is open for all levels.

I will share my complete knowledge about the process of Draping and Upcycling in this class.
In Summer/Autumn we will create a couple of patterns with the Japanese Draping pattern technique (three-dimensional pattern making on the dress form). I will show you than, how I work with Upcycling, by using a pattern. The workshop language will be English.


Time
The workshop will start at 5pm (Berlin CET) and end at 9pm.

Start:
CET (Berlin) 5pm
GMT (London) 4pm
EDT (Eastern) 11am
CDT (Central) 10am
MDT (Mountain) 9am
PDT (Pacific) 8am

Dates
The first workshop will be Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Following workshops:
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Payment
Each workshop class is 150€. Your place is reserved by paying the workshop fee for one or more workshops. Please just write your name and the workshop date as reference.

Here is a link for PayPal payments.
paypal.me/mayerintothelight
PayPal: info@mayer-berlin.com

Payments with wire transfer:
GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG, 44774 Bochum
Account Number: 1129 0197 00, Routing Number: 430 609 67
IBAN: DE22430609671129019700, BIC: GENODEM1GLS
Account holder: Christine Mayer, Address: Limastrasse 38, 14163 Berlin

By working with Upcycling, I will always start the class with a draping demonstration. This is meant to be as inspiration for you, not as a one by one instruction. After the demonstration you will have time to work on your own piece. You can choose every material for Upcycling you wish. I will “go around” and assist everybody in the own process.

 

What you need for participating:
Tailors Dress form (draping mannequin)
Pins
Fabric scissors
Measurement tape
Material of your choice for Upcycling
Muslin/Calico for Japanese Draping (just for the later workshops)

It would be lovely to be connected in the virtual creative space.
Christine

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Selvedge Newsletter

Upcycling and Draping Online

All image: Garments Christine Mayer, photography (c) Billy & Hells.

The textile world is adapting to lockdown with new ways of communicating and teaching. Starting on Sunday 19 April, Christine Mayer is holding a three-part upcycling and draping workshop via the video conferencing platform Zoom. The Berlin-based fashion designer 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 inspirations.

Christine’s technique takes draping in a new direction by using 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 their creation directly on the bust – in harmony with the materials and body shape.

In the three-part live stream workshop students will learn from Christine how to create wonderful new pieces out of used garments. Each session will present an Upcycling theme, starting in the first lesson with upcycling men shirts into a summer dress. Materials needed for the first class are a dress form, a sewing machine and the upcycling material: two men shirts in a nice colour combination or one colour.

Christine is also trained in Consciousness Work and meditation. She teaches students and teachers at international fashion colleges and leads creative retreats and workshops all around the world. Her Zoom classes will start with a short Kundalini Meditation session to bring the group together.

For more information visit www.intothelight.de

Christine is one of Selvedge’s workshop tutors. Read more about Christine’s clothing collection, MAYER, in Piece and love: Christine Mayer is making a difference, Issue 39.

Keep the light burning…

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I do hope this finds you well and healthy. These times are challenging for most of us and looking at it as an opportunity to find new creative ways in many fields is helping me a lot!

The world is changing and we can all be a part of this change. To use it as a chance in a creative way, and to plant new seeds to grow is a wonderful possibility while everything stands still.

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Our new online based Upcycling & Draping workshop will start on next Sunday April 19th where I will teach the art of garment upcycling; the creative reuse of worn and used fabrics to re-imagine them as brand new garments.

Registration is possible until April 17th.

 

With Love, Christine

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THE WOLRD IS GETTING SILENT…

 

Upcycling Live Stream Workshop • YOGA online classes • Yoga Retreat Rügen

Dear clients, dear friends
We all are being challenged during these weeks.
The world is getting silent.
Who would ever have imagined that within a few days everything could grind to a halt?

WORKSHOPS
Regarding this challenging time, we have had to reschedule all workshops from the first half of the year to the autumn or to the beginning of 2021. We will inform you about further developments in due time.
I’m really grateful to many workshop participants for their solidarity and understanding in this situation. Thanks for many lovely words from all of you!

In these wild times it is important to stay centered and connected with our heart and our own truth.
A regular yoga and meditation practice can help us to focus towards the essential, and to start strengthened into the day. In this way we can better serve the whole and be there for others.

KUNDALINI YOGA & MEDITATION ONLINE
I’m offering 4x weekly Kundalini Yoga & Meditation classes on Zoom (Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am and Saturday 6pm CET). The Saturday class will be hold in English. Details are on INTO THE LIGHT. For registration please send me an email. I’m looking forward to crossing paths in the virtual space.

EARLY BIRD YOGA RETREAT RÜGEN
The Early Bird for our yoga retreat on the island Rügen in October ends next Tuesday. There are just a few remaining places available. I’m looking forward to an intense time of personal encounter and common growth.

UPCYCLING ONLINE WORKSHOP
From April 19 to May I’m offering a 3-part Live Stream Upcycling Workshop on Zoom. We will work on three different Upcycling themes and I will show you how to create new lovely pieces out of your disused garments. For registration please send me an email. All details are on INTO THE LIGHT.

I wish you and your families health and strength to come through these challenging times.
Let us stay flexible and creative in our minds, accepting the challenges and growing all together into a new time, in which love and compassion build the pillars of the human being.

With Love
Christine

Liebe Kunden, liebe Freunde
Wir alle sind gefordert in diesen Tagen und Wochen.
Die Welt wird still.
Wer hätte es je für möglich gehalten, dass innerhalb weniger Tage alles zum Stillstand kommen kann?

WORKSHOPS
Alle Workshops der ersten Jahreshälfte sind verschoben auf Herbst bzw. auf Anfang 2021. Wir informieren zeitnah über den weiteren Verlauf und die neuen Daten. Ich bin sehr dankbar für die Solidarität und das Verständnis vieler der Teilnehmer in dieser Situation. Danke auch für viele berührende Emails!

In diesen wilden und herausfordernden Zeiten ist es wichtig, zentriert zu bleiben; verbunden mit dem Herzen, mit sich und der eigenen Wahrheit.
Eine regelmäßige morgendliche Praxis von Yoga und Meditation hilft dabei, sich immer wieder auf das Wesentliche auszurichten und gestärkt in den Tag zu gehen. So können wir besser dem Ganzen dienen und auch für andere da sein.

KUNDALINI YOGA & MEDITATION ONLINE
Ich biete derzeit 4x wöchentlich eine live stream Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Klasse über Zoom an (Montag, Mittwoch und Freitag jeweils 8h sowie Samstag 18h). Das Angebot ist auf INTO THE LIGHT zu finden. Wenn Sie dabei sein möchten, schreiben Sie mir gerne eine Email. Ich freue mich auf Begegnungen im virtuellen Raum.

EARLY BIRD YOGA RETREAT RÜGEN
Der Early Bird für unser Yogaretreat auf Rügen im Oktober endet am Dienstag. Es gibt noch wenige freie Plätze und ich freue mich jetzt schon auf eine intensive Zeit der persönlichen Begegnung und des gemeinsamen Wachsens.

UPCYCLING ONLINE WORKSHOP
Ab 19. April biete ich einen dreiteiligen Upcycling Live Stream Workshop auf Zoom an. Darin werden wir 3 verschiedene Upcycling Themen bearbeiten und ich werde Ihnen zeigen, wie Sie mit ausgedienten Kleidungsstücken neue Lieblingsteile kreieren können. Wenn Sie Interesse an diesem Workshop haben, schreiben Sie mir gerne eine Email. Details sind auf INTO THE LIGHT zu finden.

Ich wünsche Ihnen und Ihren Familien Gesundheit und Kraft, durch diese herausfordernden Zeiten zu kommen. Lassen Sie uns beweglich und kreativ im Geiste bleiben, die Herausforderungen annehmen und gemeinsam hineinwachsen in eine neue Zeit, in der Liebe und Mitgefühl die Säulen menschlichen Miteinanders bilden.

In Verbundenheit
Christine

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TEXTILE RETREATS MEETS CHRISTINE MAYER

Last week we spoke to Christine Mayer, who will be leading our Draping in Brighton Retreat, 5-13 June 2020. We asked her about her inspiration and work…

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What inspired you to become an artist and what influenced you as you started your journey?
During my childhood in Germany, I played with my sister and cousins at our grandparents’ farmhouse and spent a lot of time in the barn and huge hayloft. The place was full of old wood, handwoven linens, cornsacks, mangle cloths and wonderful white bedsheets. I loved all these materials and started using them to hand sew dresses, hats and shoes for my dolls.

My other grandmother was a tailor and my aunt a textile and fashion designer. I loved to watch her drawing sketches for the first communion dress she created for me. They both inspired me a lot. My grandmothers had the gift of being able to create beautiful things out of almost nothing. I think the years of scarcity during the war must have taught them this.

When I finished school I knew I had to follow a creative path, specifically fashion, costume and design,  but to do it in a very conscious way.

How did you get to where you are today?
During my studies in fashion design in Hamburg, Germany, I was one of the first students of Tamotsu Kondo, a Draping artist from Japan. He taught us how to create patterns three-dimensional directly on a mannequin. This unconventional way of creating patterns was completely new to me and  it was a breakthrough moment. It was like being offered an instrument of freedom. Once I had learnt the method, I NEVER created a two-dimensional pattern again. I started to experiment with the classical method of Draping using recycled materials, moulding and patching them directly on the dress form. This was in a time when Upcycling was not common. I guess I have been a pioneer of it in a way.

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In the beginning, I found old military jackets and transformed them into powerful feminine jackets. Each jacket was a handmade individual piece, draped on the dress form. It was a transformation of the male military energy into something of beauty.  I wanted to give something back so I started to support children in India and Nepal with the collection and the MAYER. Peace Collection was born. The MAYER. Peace Collection military jacket was a great success and was sold in designer stores worldwide for many years.

After more than 10 years in the fashion industry, I felt it was time to work in a more conscious way, to step out of the fast-moving carousel of fashion and into a place where others could grow with me and find a path to their own true identity and creativity.

I created my platform IntoTheLight.de and began sharing the art of Draping, Upcycling and creativity. My goal is to connect the people to their creative souls with a sense of purpose and I like to incorporate meditation, sound and Kundalini Yoga into my workshops and retreats. This helps to find a flow and personal connection to the cloth or clothes and helps develop a sense of self-love. That’s the first very important step in the process.

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Can you tell us about your process? How do you get from idea to finished piece?
For me, the material is always the inspiration. I love materials with history, floursacks, mangle cloths, handwoven linens, old embroidered pieces from all over the world… I believe that everything has a soul and if you find a connection with a piece of fabric, maybe one with a history, you will know exactly how to mould and shape it. The fabric almost guides you and that’s the whole secret in draping. I love to teach this and to observe, how the participants explore and free themselves.

What have you been inspired by recently?
I just have been on a 2-month journey through India, the sacred land of ancient wisdom, country of colours and textiles. This has been truly inspirational and I carry lots of pictures with me in both head and heart.

Nature is a huge source of inspiration for me. It is so beautiful and perfect in a way humans can never recreate. The Universe/God is the greatest creator. Meditation, Yoga, or being in nature connects me and when I’m connected, everything, every encounter or conversation inspires me.

Do you have a favourite piece of work from your collection?
Still my PURE military jacket is a favourite piece. I have worn it for many years as do many of my customers. It’s timeless and you can combine it with many styles.

Do you have any encouraging advice?
KEEP ON!  Keep the light burning!

There are a few places left on our retreat. Click below to book your place…

San Luis Obispo Draping Retreat

Thanks again for such a fabulous week!

Draping Workshop in Garden Farms, San Luis Obispo in May 2019.

“Best workshop I have ever attended.  And believe me, I’ve attended more than my fair share of workshops.  Everything was perfect and I walked away thinking I am inspired to change the way I look at designing and making.”

“Basking in the bliss of sharing a beautiful experience in such a gorgeous nature environment with an outstanding teacher and such talented women. Thank you for sharing this creative time with me and allowing me to join you on the journey.”

“My husband asked me last night how this retreat ranked with others I’ve attended and my easy answer was “the best”! Christine, you have a gentle way of bringing out the creativity in us. I was able to create in a way I never thought possible and feel like a bird that’s been freed from her cage.”

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Workshops & Retreats 2019

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“Being creative means, let your life be a painting, let your life be a poem.”

 

Dear Creative Friends & Textile Lovers

The year is slowly drawing to an end and with gratitude I look back on a dreamlike retreat summer in the South of France, wonderful workshops in the United States, Switzerland and Berlin and to many special deep encounters and unforgettable moments. For me it is a gift, to share in the workshops the love for textiles with wonderful people worldwide and to be a helping hand to reveal new, artistic ways of making clothes and being creative.
Creativity begins, where we leave proven paths!

I’m very glad to present to you today the workshop and retreat program for 2019!

South of France
We found a wonderful new place in the South of France, a former royal textile manufacture. This magic place will be the venue for the upcoming Draping & Upcycling Summer Retreat as well as for the new combined experience of the Creativity and Food retreat in 2019, where, alongside the textile and draping workshop, Natalie Viaux will introduce you to her secrets of healthy yummy vegetarian food and how to prepare it.

Berlin
If you want to discover the Berlin fashion and textile scene, put the Berlin Retreat in July on your list of „things-to-do in 2019“. Together we will meet innovative Berlin designers, discover my favourite textile, fashion and food places in town and you will learn Upcycling and Draping as well as screen printing in this one-of-a-kind week.

United States
Draping at a most wonderful place, in the nature of the beautiful garden of Melinda Forbes in Garden Farms, San Luis Obispo, this Upcyling & Japanese Draping Workshop will nourish your soul.

Asia
The highlights in 2019 will be two retreats to Asia end of the year:
The Creative Journey to Nepal to discover handicrafts and textiles and the incomparable beauty of the Himalayan country, in combination with being pampered for 3 days in an exclusive Ayurveda resort up in the Himalayas.
The Thailand Retreat, to discover traditional Thai textile places in Chiang Mai, learn dyeing and weaving from a Thai textile specialist and enjoy a 6-day draping workshop in a calm environment in North Thailand.

Registration for Nepal and Thailand ends December 25, 2018. Places are limited for all workshops and retreats. As some sell out fast, it is strongly recommended to register early.
I look forward to going deeper together on a wonderful journey of creativity, textiles and consciousness.

With much Love, Christine

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Creative Retreat in San Luis Obispo, CA

One week full of light

Full of creativity

Full of love

We worked under a 100 years old walnut tree

The Father Tree

It was a life changing experience for all of us.

Thanks to 13 fantastic women!

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“I will never be the same; I’ve crossed the threshold into the light.”
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“Couldn’t  feel more inspired, more well-fed, more loved.”
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“That week transported me to other places and it was a real retreat from the world.”

Workshop News Autumn 2018

Dear Creative Friends & Textile Lovers,

Most of the spring- and summer workshops are already fully booked!

Therefore I’m happy to offer two additional draping workshops in Berlin and South of France:

Advanced Japanese Draping Level II from October 3-6, 2018 in Berlin
Creative Summer Retreat II from September 6-13, 2018 at Chateau Marteret, South of France
Registration is now open.

NEW! From June 4-10, 2018 I will teach a Draping Workshop in San Luis Obispo in California. The workshop will be organized by the wonderful Melinda Forbes. We will work in her studio and as well as in her beautiful garden.

A special adventure will be the Creative- and Textile Journey to Nepal in November, where we will be pampered for five days in the most beautiful Ayurveda ressort in the Himalayan mountains, design and produce handmade paper ourselves, visit Nepali artists in their studios and search for textile treasures in small villages of the Kathmandu valley. Register now – there are only few places left.

For any enquires please feel free to contact me.
I’m looking forward to wonderful encounters, creative discoveries and deep experiences!

Warmest yours,
Christine Mayer

CREATIVE NEPAL 2018

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8 days of creativity  discovery  immersion
5 days Ayurveda retreat in a dreamlike resort in the Himalayan mountains

Dear Textile Lovers
In November of this year (2018) I will accompany a small group of textile and handicraft enthusiasts to Nepal, to share my personal vision of this creative and mythical country.

We will explore the old royal cities of Lalitpur and Kathmandu, discover antique and new textiles and wood carvings, learn by taking part in handicraft workshops guided by Nepalese artists, mold our own paper and, as a culmination of the journey, experience a renewal of body, mind and soul in the most beautiful luxury Ayurveda resort in the Himalayan mountains.

The registration for this journey is open until the 31st of January.
Please find a detailed description of the trip here. 

Feel warmly invited and welcome to join us! For inquiries and registration please contact me.

With all my heart
Christine

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8 Tage Kreativität • Entdecken • Eintauchen
5 Tage Ayurveda Retreat im schönsten Resort im Himalaya

Liebe Kreativ-Freunde und Textile-Fans

Ich freue mich sehr, im November diesen Jahres eine Reise nach Nepal anbieten zu können, in der ich meinen persönlichen Blickwinkel dieses kreativen und mystischen Landes teilen möchte. In einer kleinen Gruppe von Textil- und Kunst Liebhabern werden wir in eine andere Welt eintauchen und die kreative Seite Nepals entdecken.

Wir erkunden die beiden alten Königsstädte Lalitpur und Kathmandu, machen uns auf die Suche nach alten und neuen Textilien und Holzschnitzereien, lernen in Workshops traditionelle nepalesische Handwerkstechniken kennen, schöpfen unser eigenes Papier vor den Toren von Kathmandu und erleben als Höhepunkt der Reise eine Erneuerung von Körper, Geist und Seele im für mich schönsten Ayurveda Resort am Fuße des Himalaya.

Anmeldungen für diese Reise sind bis zum 31. Januar möglich. 
Die ausführliche Reisebschreibung finden Sie hier. 

Ich lade Sie herzlich ein, dabei zu sein! Für Anfragen und Anmeldungen bitte kontaktieren Sie mich gerne.
Herzlichst, Christine Mayer

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CREATIVITY & INSPIRATION 2018

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Liebe Kreativ-Freunde

Ein Neues Jahr steht bevor und die stille Zeit zwischen den Jahren eignet sich besonders gut, um zurück zu blicken, innezuhalten und in Dankbarkeit manch Altes gehen zu lassen.

Ich durfte im vergangenen Jahr einige von Ihnen in Workshops und Retreats begleiten und darin unterstützen, ihren persönlichen kreativen Ausdruck zu finden. Dafür bin ich sehr dankbar.
Eine Hülle zu schaffen, die uns wärmt, schützt und das Gefühl tiefer Geborgenheit schenkt, verbindet uns mit unseren archaischen Wurzeln, denn es wird seit jeher von Menschen getan. Zu spüren, welche Umhüllung die eigene Seele braucht, um Geborgenheit oder Kraft zu empfinden und diese mit den eigenen Händen zu kreieren, ist etwas, das uns sehr tief mit uns selbst verbindet. Wenn dies in den Workshops und Retreats geschieht, ist es jeweils ein großes Geschenk – auch für mich.

Im kommenden Frühjahr werde ich erneut in den USA unterrichten: als Guest Teacher beim Design Outside the Lines Retreat mit Diane Ericson in Ashland, Oregon sowie beim Upcycling & Draping Workshop in Tucson, Arizona. Für beide Workshops gibt es wenige letzte freie Plätze.
Die Highlights im Sommer sind sicherlich die beiden Retreats in Südfrankreich: Upcycling of Vintage Materials in Kooperation mit dem rennomierten britischen Selvedge Magazine im traumhaften Chateau Dumas und Textile, Upcycling & Draping im pittoresken Chateau Marteret, umgeben von 200 Hektar unberührter Natur, einer wahren Oase für Inspiration und Kreativität. Für beide Retreats gibt es noch ein paar freie Plätze.

In den Berliner Frühjahres-Workshops können Sie darüber hinaus die Kunst des Japanischen oder Freien Drapierens erlernen oder für Kurzentschlossene unter Ihnen, in Zürich Ende Januar Upcycling & Draping üben.

Ich freue mich auf viele inspirierende Begegnungen und wünsche Ihnen für das Neue Jahr 2018 Erfüllung, Inspiration und Freude sowie eine Hülle der Liebe, die alles umgibt.

Von Herzen,
Ihre Christine Mayer

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Dear creative Friends

I hope you had beautiful and joyful festive days. Now these silent days before the new year starts are the perfect time to reminisce, consciously reflect and let go the past year with gratefulness. We can already see the new dawn at the horizon.

In the last year I was allowed to accompany you in workshops and retreats to support you in finding your individual creative expression. I’m very grateful for his.
Creating a textile shell, that warms and protects us, connects us with our archaic roots and is something humans have been doing for centuries always. To develop and create a wrapping for our soul with our own hands, one to feel secure and powerful, connects us deeply with our inner potential and most intimate self. If this happens in a workshop or retreat, it’s always the greatest gift – also for me.

As soon as next spring I will be teaching in the USA again: as guest teacher at Diane Ericson’s Design Outside the Lines Retreat in Ashland, Oregon as well as for the Upcycling & Draping Workshop in Tuscon, Arizona. For both workshops there are some last places available at that point.
The highlights in summer 2018 will surely be two retreats in the south of France: Upcycling  – smart usage of vintage materials, will be held in cooperation with the renowned UK Selvedge magazine.  The perfect locations for these international events  will be again the dreamlike Chateau Dumas and for the Textile & Draping Retreat the picturesque Chateau Marteret, admidst of 200 hectare untouched nature, a true oasis for inspiration and creativity. For both retreats registration has started and we do have a few free vacancies left.
In the spring workshops based in Berlin you can learn the art of Japanese or Free Draping and for all sponteanous among you there is a Upcycling & Draping Workshop in Zürich, Switzerland – end of January.
I look forward to the many inspiring encounters in 2018.
I wish you from the bottom of my heart a year full of inspiration, joy and fulfillment. 
May you be protected by the love that guides your way.

With all my heart,
Christine Mayer

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Christine’s work in Selvedge Magazine

October 23, 2017

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Years ago people made do and mended out of necessity, but out of this grew a love for darning, hand-stitching, patching and fixing old and worn garments. Today things have changed, and the invaluable skills that our mothers and grandmothers once learned are being lost in a world in which replacing an old or damaged jumper can cost as little as a coffee.

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While it’s true that we do spend a smaller proportion of our incomes on clothing than we did 50 years ago, we now also consume in huge quantities. Gone are the days our grandparents remember; of saving for months for a new pair of shoes and making do in the meantime.linnen mix jacket

There is hope though, for a more sustainable fashion industry, and there are people out there encouraging new ways (or should we say old ways) of thinking. Christine Mayer is one of them, 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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Her 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 will lead one of Selvedge’s residential workshops next summer at Chateau Dumas. Click here for more information about her workshop ‘Free Draping: A New Purpose For Vintage Textiles’.

For more on upcycling take a look at our ‘Green’ issue. 

For more on Mayer read our ‘Localisation’ issue.