Award-winning clothing designer Alice Fogel will lead a one-day workshop titled “Transform Your Clothes” on Saturday, July 14 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Sharon Arts Center School of Art & Craft, 457 Rt. 123.
In addition to being a sewing sybil and custom clothier, Fogel is also a poet, writer, author, and teacher and holds multiple degrees in the arts. She has studied at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology and has created costumes for productions at the Kennedy Center, San Francisco and Houston Operas, Broadway, Off-Broadway, and film. Fogel has also held the post of Head of Costuming at Theatre by the Sea in Portsmouth, NH.
Her obsession with sewing and design, she said, began with making rock star outfits for her troll dolls’ band, The Cherries, when she was eight years old. While she has been a formal member of the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers, Fogel says her true love is re-fashioning unwanted old materials into “unexpectedly desirable new clothes.”
“Everyone has that fondly-remembered piece of clothing–or many of them–still in their closet,” she says, “but that is no longer wearable for one reason or another.” She hopes the Sharon Arts workshop will inspire those attending “to pull out those sweaters, blouses, skirts, even t-shirts, and turn them into something new and exciting you’ll feel good wearing.”
During the workshop, participants will be guided in how to re-think, fit, cut, and pin. Those who are new to sewing can get aid from the instructor, while experienced sewers can bring their own machine or use the instructor’s. No experience is necessary. Everyone will end up with their designs turned into finished pieces.
“The ability to re-imagine and transform preexisting clothing components makes sense economically and environmentally,” Fogel says, “and provides a new outlet for creativity.”
Registered students will receive a list of what to bring to the class, other than their creative vision. For tuition rates and further information, call (603) 924-7256