In cooperation with the Selvedge Magazine

Friday, 19 June and Saturday, 20 June 2020, 4pm – 6.30pm (UK time zone)
with Zoom online

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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

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 Consciousness Work and meditation. She teaches
students and teachers at international fashion colleges and leads creative retreats
and workshops all around the world.

Outline of the workshop:
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 their creation directly on the bust – in harmony with the materials and body shape.

During this workshop you will experiment, research and explore new ways of dealing with fabrics, colours, forms and textile feels in your design and artistic process. Working directly on a dress form you’ll learn from Christine how to drape and stitch in an artful way to create original items of clothing that fit you like a second skin and express your personal style. This fresh and liberating way of making clothes brings with it a new set of possibilities that have far more in common with sculpting than dressmaking.

Each participant will be guided and supported gently by Christine with the three-
dimensional work on the dress form. Through presentations in front of the group, and in individual teachings you will experience a completely new way of dealing with fabric and pattern making, via visual and hands-on approaches. It won’t take long for you to understand the principles of working three-dimensionally and you’ll enjoy the process of allowing your garments to evolve.


What you need for participating:
Tailors Dress form (draping mannequin)
Fabric scissors
Measurement tape
4 men shirts for Upcycling


Workshop Cancellation Policy

All places reserved on workshops are non refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked, we will re-advertise your place and refund your fee as long as we are able to sell your place and the workshop is fully booked.

Saturday 20 June 2020, 11am-5pm, £195 (price includes materials, lunch and refreshments)

Location: The Artworker’s Guild, 6 Queen Square, Holborn, London WC1N 3AT


If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris,


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