May 24 – 29, 2019

In the studio and garden of Melinda Forbes in Garden Farms, San Luis Obispo, California, USA

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The Workshop
In this week 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 complete new way of dealing with fabrics 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.


Upcycling & Draping
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 it’s creation directly on the bust – in harmony with the materials and body shape.


Japanese Draping
In the classical 3-dimensional pattern making or Japanese Draping the pattern is molded on the tailors dressform with calico/mouseline. This method is a sensual and intuitive alternative to the two-dimensional intersections of cut pattern making on the table or computer. It offers a direct recognition of the individual development steps of the pattern.


    • 6 full days Draping Workshop
    • 2 days Upcycling & Free Draping
    • 2 days Japanese Draping
    • 2 days realization of an individual design and pattern with Japanese Draping
    • Upcycling pattern cutting of your personal piece
    • Yummy vegetarian homemade lunch during the workshop
    • TaiChi & Meditation



To bring

  • Please bring your personal materials to the workshop: recycled garments, fabrics, old table cloth, linen, quilts and other treasures you love
  • Please bring pins, a fabric scissors and your personal sewing tools
  • If possible please bring your sewing machine and your personal dress form (we will have some dress forms and sewing machines in the studio)


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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Melinda & Christine will prepare meals focusing on fresh baked goods, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables & local artesian ingredients.   


Melinda Forbes and Christine Mayer

Workshop fee including lunch and snacks: $1390 per person

Space is limited and early registration recommended for this remarkable opportunity.
Full payment due March 1, 1019

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