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We hope this will speed the process for your selection of membership, event and workshop registration!

NOTE: Clicking on an “add to cart” button will add the item to your cart and return to this page in case you wish to add something else.

Memberships

Add one of these to your cart to purchase/renew your PenWAG membership!
(Note that member discounts activate *after* your payment has processed, so be sure your membership is active before trying to register for workshops or events!)

One-Year PenWAG Membership (New or Renewal)

One-Year PenWAG Student Membership

One Year PenWAG Gift Membership

Workshops


PenWAG workshops offer an opportunity for you to learn directly from some of the most amazing talents in the Wearable Arts sphere. Active PenWAG Members may register at a discounted price.
Some workshops entail an additional kit fee, where possible PenWAG will offer a bundled option that allows you to purchase both in a single step.

Dorothy Yuki Button Necklace Workshop Bundle
February 13, 2021
(Workshop plus Kit; postage included)

Ms. Yuki will teach two versions for making button necklaces. Endless possibilities!
Learn another way to use up some of those fabulous buttons in your stash.

$87.00Read more

Dorothy Yuki Button Necklace Workshop
February 13, 2021
(Workshop Only, no kit)

$45.00Read more

April Sproule Workshop: Block Printing On Fabric Possibilities
April 10, 2021

Learning to design and print your own fabric provides immediate gratification for creatives. Whether you want to print small motifs for use in collage type work or amazing borders for a special piece, the design possibilities are unlimited. You will learn to create and transfer designs, carve a block, and print your own fabric using water-based, washable, permanent textile inks.

Design motifs will be provided for you to use, but you are encouraged to use your own original designs as well.  We will explore options such as tiled designs and other surface pattern design ideas. Block Printing can be used to enhance anything from wearable art to just about any other type of textile art project, and many types of fabrics are suitable for printing. No prior experience is required.

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Caroline Nixon Workshop: Botanical Prints

Caroline Nixon is a textile artist who works with natural dyes and botanical contact printing ( ecoprinting) to produce wearable art, wall art and home textiles. Working from her garden studio in long Compton, she captures the beauty of nature using the pigments and imprints of the leaves themselves – no synthetic ink, dyes or silk screens are involved. Hand and free machine stitch are used for embellishment, producing complex patterned cloth. The naturally occurring colours are soft and harmonious, and the process is non polluting and respectful of the environment.
The plants and dyes come from sustainable sources – many are grown in her own garden. The smallest change in plant species, climatic conditions or water source can produce marked variations in the prints, meaning every item is unique. The textiles used are natural fibres, organically produced and ethically sourced wherever possible. Vintage textiles are also upcycled, giving them a new lease of life. Much of the linen and lace is sourced from French brocantes and local charity shops. The cooking pots used for processing are also recycled – copper preserving pans, cast iron laundry pots, aluminum cooking pots. All these techniques are the antithesis of today’s ‘throwaway’ society

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Becka Rahn FREE Workshop: Designing Kaleidoscope Geometrics

Get a taste of what it is like to digitally design and print your own fabric with Spoonflower. This session focuses on abstract designs, so you don’t need to feel limited by your drawing skills. We’ll start with simple hands-on art, transform it into pixels, and create two seamlessly repeating geometric patterns all in one session. No special software or computer skills are required; you can create amazing patterns using just your web browser and some simple design tools. For the virtual version of this class, because it’s not practical to watch a Zoom session and follow along with the online part of projects in real-time, this session will be presented as an interactive demo with hands-on components, handouts and links to refer to later, plus lots of opportunities to ask questions.

No fabric design experience necessary, but you should be comfortable with basic computer skills like opening and saving a file, copy/paste. You do not need Photoshop or any special software or equipment.

Supply list: We will do a couple of small hands-on activities in this class. Please have a small handful of colored papers, a pair of scissors, and a gluestick or double sided tape. You can use ANY kind of paper in any colors. Recycled is the best: magazine pages, wrapping paper, birthday card envelopes, junk mail, scrapbooking paper, construction paper, paint chips, handpainted. It can have patterns, textures or words on it.

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2022

Jan 8, 2022

Tonje Halvorsen Workshop: Tonje Linnéa Curvy Bracelet

In this workshop taught by Tonje Halvorsen you will learn how to create with safety pins.

It is a workshop both for the experienced craftsperson wanting to try something new and for the beginners who are curious about giving this craft a try. We are going to walk through the basics of the craft, so no prior knowledge is needed.

We will go through the different techniques of how to create textures and art pieces using safety pins (28mm). After the introduction we will create curvy bracelets with help and guidance from Tonje.


Supplies: This project will use 28mm safety pins. You can purchase your own (how much will be posted later) or get a kit directly from Tonje for $20 (link to come later.)

Saturday Lectures (Non-Members)


Our monthly meetings feature presentations by a wide assortment of the phenomenal artists in the Wearable Arts community.
Access to the meetings is a benefit of PenWAG membership, but we welcome non-members as well.
If you are not an Active PenWAG Member, and wish to attend one of our virtual lectures, we do request a contribution of $5 for guests.

Simply add the appropriate item to your cart and check out to make such a contribution.
You will be sent registration and login links for that webinar, which are usually the 2nd Saturday of the month from 11am-12:30pm

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February 13, 2021
Dorothy Yuki Presentation: The Yuki Journey

Guest Registration

Ms Yuki’s artistic journey has drawn her in many directions; calligraphy, botanical printing, alphabet books, book making and more. She is charming and artful to the hilt.

This will be an online (Zoom) presentation.

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March 13, 2021
Suzi Click Presentation: The Power of Adornment

Guest Registration

Suzi Click Artisan Apparel & Accessories presents The Power of Adornment– a presentation of her evolution as a designer recognized for her own unique personal style using ethnic textiles.

April Sproule dress

April 10, 2021
April Sproule Presentation: Make Your Mark With Textiles

Guest Registration

April Sproule from Sproule Studios will share her lifelong love of textiles and design in this presentation. April’s wearable art, upcycling projects, and accessories will be featured in a slide show and a trunk show. You will be able to get a closer look at the details and design sensibilities of her hand dyed, painted, printed, and stitched work. April’s work is all about color, texture, and the practice of enhancing textiles in any way possible.

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May 8, 2021
Diane Ericson: MAKING a Meaningful Life

Guest Registration

Aging with a creative taproot and harvesting the gifts that continue unfolding in front of us, IS life offering itself to us. How to be ready? Re-tooling our creativity can open the way: Join me to share ideas, strategies and inspiration for the the journey.

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June 12
Caroline Nixon: Capturing Natures Colors

Guest Registration

Caroline Nixon is a textile artist Who works with natural dyes and botanical contact printing ( ecoprinting) to produce wearable art, wall art and home textiles. Working from her garden studio in long Compton, she captures the beauty of nature using the pigments and imprints of the leaves themselves – no synthetic ink, dyes or silk screens are involved. Hand and free machine stitch are used for embellishment, producing complex patterned cloth. The naturally occurring colours are soft and harmonious, and the process is non polluting and respectful of the environment.

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July 10, 2021
Member Show and Tell

Guest Registration

This is our opportunity to share members’ creations and inspire others.  Share what you’ve done in workshops, on your own, etc. by sending your clearly lit photos to Judy Seip at showandtell@penwag.org  We are excited to see your work!

P.S. Share even if you shared at Monday Muse, not everyone attends.

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August 14, 2021
Behind the Scenes Tour with Charlotte Kruk

Guest Registration

Charlotte Kruk is known for her sculptural garments and accessories made from candy and food wrappers.  How does she magically transform these unusual materials into works of art?  Join us for a peek at the magic behind the curtain.

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September 11, 2021
Becka Rahn: A Spoonful of Spoonflower (FREE!)

Guest Registration

Designing fabric is more than just putting pencil to paper or generating pixels in Photoshop; it’s about connecting and sharing stories and ideas. Get a tour of what it’s like to design fabrics and print them using Spoonflower, a web-based service for printing your own fabric designs. Get the scoop on the technical details of uploading and proofing your files, see samples of different fabrics and walk through the process from start to finish. We’ll also talk cost-saving tips for getting the most out of your yard of fabric, ways to proof designs and more.

https://www.spoonflower.com

 

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October 9, 2021
Gift Making: Member-Taught Roundtable

Guest Registration

Members will teach how to make various small gifts perfect for charity giving or family and friends.  Marsha Manzo will teach how to make soft stuffed cats from sweaters, Michelle Paganini will show various gifts made from vintage linens, and more!

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November 13, 2021
Harriet Riddell: Interacting With The World With A Sewing Machine

Guest Registration

Textile Performance Artist Harriet Riddell specializes in observational drawings with a sewing machine. Harriet wheels her machine around the world, illustrating life in different places and the people she meets. Harriet will do a live stitched portrait of a PenWAG member during her program.

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Sample Show and Tell Garment

December 11,

Member Show and Tell

Guest Registration

This is our opportunity to share members’ creations and inspire others!  Share what you’ve done in workshops, on your own, etc. by sending your clearly lit photos to Judy Seip at showandtell@penwag.org
We are excited to see your work!  We may add on a holiday bonus so stay tuned!

2022

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Sample Show and Tell Garment

January 8,

Tonje Halvorsen and the Safety Pin: The Love Story

Guest Registration

This is a talk about how Tonje became an artist and fell in love with the safety pin as a medium. She will share her journey beginning with how it all started, her success and challenges, and her working process.

She will also share how an idea and garment are formed.

Donate to PenWAG!

PenWAG is a California Public Benefit 501(c)(3) Corporation and your donations are deductible.

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General Donation

Donate to PenWAG’s general fund. This donation helps our organization pay the bills, and may be applied as the board best sees fit. Click on the Add to Cart button, then fill in the “Donate to PenWAG” box during checkout process to set the amount.

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Angel Fund

PenWAG’s Angel Fund is specifically to help members of more limited means cover the cost of their membership. Funds donated to the “Angel Fund” are specifically for that use*.
Simply set the “quantity” to match the size of the donation you wish to make.

*Please do consider donating to the general fund instead; the board may use such donations to help cover membership fee shortfalls but also for other critical needs.