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Michelle Lowe-Holder
Innovative Accessories

August 12 – 15, 2014
10-4 daily

$458 tuition + HST, plus $30 materials fee
Maximum number of participants: 14

In this 4-day workshop, London UK-based accessories designer Michelle Lowe-Holder will lead participants through creating a series of samples combining textiles like ribbon, tape, fabric and braid with solid materials such as metal and wood.  Working through techniques including folding, looping, stacking and pleating, participants will develop a series of innovative samples, leading towards one more fully developed accessory piece. Students will receive instruction in specialized techniques and the artist will give a slide presentation.  The class will also take a field trip to see Michelle’s work and that of other innovative accessories designers at “Rue Pigalle” on Queen St. W.

Michelle Lowe Holder is known for her sustainable approach to design and her interest in heritage handcrafts and vintage detail, zero waste and upcycling. Her work has been featured in six books including Sass Brown’s “Re-Fashioned”, Sandy Black’s “Sustainable Handbook” and “The New Jewellers” by Olivier Dupont.  Her collections have been featured during Paris Fashion Week and are sold internationally.  She has been involved with projects at the Science Museum (UK), M&S Shop, and NIKE as well as working with craftspeople in a joint Norwegian/UK project, “Made in Osteroy”.  She leads workshops internationally and lectures at Istituto Marangoni in Italy. View her work at: www.lowe-holder.com