With a background in textiles, working as a clothing designer for over 25 years, then being introduced to basketry fifteen years ago Ruth loves to combine different techniques and materials. She has been creating textile baskets made from recycled materials and loves that you can create beautiful things made from waste products and finds it a challenge to use as little newly bought resources as possible.
Friday 21 October 2022: Agatha Lee or Agy, is a textile artist from Singapore, who is providing a workshop called Translating Nature into Thread Art with Free Motion Embroidery at the Making Zen Online Retreat.
“Agy” is a Singapore-based textile artist specialising in embroidery. Although she learnt to sew from her mother, it was not until 2012 that she rediscovered her passion for it and started creating textile collages and 3D textures through free motion machine embroidery, handstitching and marking.
Her previous career as an environmental policy maker has enabled her to bridge the gap between sustainability and art, and has encouraged her to create works to reconnect people with not only the environment, but their inner tortoise. As an environmental advocate, her work explores making visible the things that are usually ‘hidden’ from the public. These include corals, weeds and fungi.
Agy was an invited artist for The Big Draw 2015, Playeum, art residency L’Observatoire 2017, and Singapore Design Week 2018. She has also exhibited at The Substation, Singapore Eco Film Festival, The Festival of Quilts (UK) and The Knitting & Stitching Show. As part of her practice, she holds regular workshops.
She is a member of the Society for Embroidery Work and Fertile Art Refinery Singapore.
Sarah Pedlow – October 2022 artist
Sarah’s workshop demonstration is titled Cultural Embroidery Traditions and The Chain Stitch. Sarah Pedlow, the founder of ThreadWritten, is an artist working with embroidery and cultural preservation through workshops, textile travel retreats, and fine art.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sarah moved to Amsterdam, NL, in 2019 where she now lives and works.
She has taught and lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, Tatter (Brooklyn, NY), WildCraft Studio School (Portland, OR), The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Crafts Council Nederland, and Selvedge Magazine. Her work has been featured in Uppercase, Veranda, House & Garden UK, and Selvedge magazines. Find her artwork at sarahpedlow.com.
24 to 28 October 2022
Saturday 8 October 2022: 20 textile artists will be featured at the latest Making Zen Online Retreat from 24 to 28 October 2022.
Amanda Nadig: May 2022 artist
Friday 29 April 2022: Amanda Nadig is a textile artist who finds inspiration in keeping with and breaking away from traditions in quilting.
Amanda’s hand quilted compositions explore colours and shapes sourced second hand from garments and home textiles. Inspired by life as a mother and high school teacher, Amanda incorporates embroidered drawings, an unexpected mix of synthetic and natural fibres, and monoprints into her work.
Amanda is presenting Calm Compositions: make a quilted mug rug from found fabrics.
Ellie Beck: May 2022 Artist
Ellie does touch on how your creativity spans all seasons and when your creativity is dormant like Winter, you have to recognise this season of your creativity. She discusses this in much more detail on her Instagram account.
Ellie Beck is an artist, a published author, a creative maker and an educator. Her creative making encompasses slow stitching, natural dye, mindful making and impro quilts. This is all part of her everyday life.
Ellie is also a web designer, mentor and writer. She runs online craft workshops and she’s a mum of 3. You’ll enjoy her workshop at the Making Zen Online Retreat and you can find her on her amazing website and instagram account.
Ellie is presenting Vessel: slow stitched bags for holding treasures.
Friday 15 April 2022: Kate Ward discusses this year’s Making Zen Online Retreat on 2 to 6 May 2022.
You’ve got the materials, and you can’t wait to use them! But you can’t quite find the time…
What you really want is to be able to…
- Make dedicated time for yourself to create and overcome procrastination
- Learn new techniques to improve your stitching
- Develop practices that stimulate new ideas and creativity
- Achieve Zen through the creative process which brings clarity and peace of mind
You can have all these things without feeling overwhelmed. The best part: it can be simple.
You can tune into the Retreat from anywhere with internet access.
Up to four sessions will run daily, each running for about half an hour.
Presentations will be up to 30 minutes in length. They will be available daily to encourage you to stop waiting for the right time and take action along with hundreds of other hand stitchers.
You’ll also have access to a private group for the summit where we can gather and mingle before the retreat starts and share ideas and inspiration once MAKING ZEN begins
Katrine Stålstrøm: May 2022 Artist
Selina Ben: May 2022 Artist
Maria Theoharous: May and October 2022 Artist
At the October 2022 Making Zen Online Retreat, Maria helps you overcome your fear of using lace.
Making Zen Online Retreat 2021
Making Zen Online Retreat begins on 18 October 2021 for 5 days and the free presentations are available until Sunday 24th October 2021.
This is an online retreat for hand stitchers who wish to take their creativity to the next level. Making Zen is a wholistic approach to inspire, learn new techniques whilst nurturing your well being. Empowering you to CREATE a life you love.
This is Kate’s sixth podcast and this time it’s to encourage you to try a new technique with all the amazing speakers – Zac Foster, Meridith Woolnough, Sarah Woodyard, Sky Pennant, Liz Hayward, Maria Theoharous, Evelyn Bourne, Andrea Tsang Jackson, Raina McDonald, Heidi Iverson, Emma Freeman, John MacPhail, Vaina Soucy, Amy Maricle, Kaila Givehand and Kate Ward. Here’s a link to their bios and presentations.
Live discussions with each speaker take place on the day their presentation is released. Three presentations will be released every day.
Thanks from Kate Ward
Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you for making the Online Retreat so incredible. I’m still basking in the afterglow of the retreat and wanted to share a note of gratitude to everyone who made the Making Zen Online Retreat such an enjoyable and inspiring event. It was a creative retreat of the very best kind!
First, a big thank you to the fabulous artists who invited us into their studios and so generously shared their passions and unique approaches to creativity. They have filled us to the brim with creative ideas and inspiration!
Next, a huge thank you to YOU! You made putting together the online retreat so worth it! Thank you so much for sharing in the fun and joy of creative exploration and sharing your projects with us in the Facebook group or Instagram. Thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement. Thank you for elevating the collective experience through your contribution (I’m loving seeing all the cross fertilization of ideas learnt last week). Thank you for your emails and kind words of gratitude. Thank you for sharing your takeaways, and how the experience impacted you in big and little ways.
Friday 23 April 2021: Have you wondered what the effect of decluttering enmass has on thrift stores and op shops?
Kate Ward is back to help you come up with repurposing clothes rather than having your clothes end up as landfill when you declutter.
Here are some recycling ideas to inspire you.
Kate did her research last year before she assessed her clothes using the Project 333 guidelines. Kate refers to Courtney Carver’s work where Courtney says ‘Simplicity is the way back to love.’ Kate Ward grew up in Australia so to use the Project 333 guidelines on making her Winter wardrobe simple, was brave and very practical. In Australia, we don’t have the same lived experience of living in a country with long and extreme Winters like Canada has.
Since December 2020, Kate has curated her Winter wardrobe and of the 33 items she’s selected the jacket pictured above needs to be repurposed. What are your suggestions for repurposing this jacket? Can you help Kate?
Kate discusses some of the learnings she has gained by following the Project 333 guidelines and she’s discovered her style in the process. You’ll need to hope over the Kate’s blog to see how she tackled her wardrobe once you’ve listened to her podcast.
Thanks again to Kate for sharing her Project 333 experience.
Friday 26 March 2021: Kate has researched the detrimental impacts of textile production on the environment to reinforce the benefits each one of us can make to lessen by extending the life of our clothes.
You really should go to Kate’s website and read this research she shared with us for #Mendmarch.
Friday 12 February 2021: This time Kate Ward delves into the research where time spent crafting and stitching has so many benefits for us. This podcasts covers her blog posts 10 reasons why stitching is good for us and 7 more reasons why stitching is good for us.
Friday 29 January 2021: Kate Ward is a multidisciplinary artist, working in jewellery, textiles, ceramics, video and installation. Kate’s work is often minimalist, focusing on form, colour and the interplay of contrasts. Her practice is inspired by the ephemeral, the metaphysical, the symbolic, and the relationship between art, ritual and culture.
Kate has a number of art degrees.
She first obtained a Bachelor of Visual Art from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in 1998. Went on to study a Masters in Arts Management and Policy from London University, UK in 2008. A Certificate in IV Ceramics from Goulburn’s TAFE, Australian 2012. And culminating with a Masters in Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College for Art and Design, Halifax, Canada in 2016.
Kate has been the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions, and won the Fibreart International Guild’s 2001 ‘Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’ award, Pittsburgh, USA. Her work is in private collections world wide.