GDS WORKSHOPS

Fiber + textile education on a mission

 
 
 

fiber + textile courses
for better living

These classes detail the process from fiber to textile and dig into terminology to improve our students' textile experience. We begin by demystifying the major fiber types through an introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. Next, we discuss woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. During the class students put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a refresher is desired. This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade.


Rethinking Fashion: Putting Meaning In What We Wear

This workshop is part self-exploration, part skill-building. The end goal? To build better, more meaningful wardrobes and make them last a very long time. In this workshop, participants become confident caretakers of their wardrobes, and begin to see the larger picture of how their habits impact the world we share. A beautiful care manual, Long Live Cloth, guides the workshop first through questions designed to help us take deeper looks at our relationships to fashion. Last, we’ll learn and share the best laundry tips to extend the life of your entire wardrobe. The care manual and knowledge (that will change your approach to fashion forever) are yours to keep!


Textile Playground Loom

giant collapsable loom for all age community weaving

The Textile Playground was created in June 2015 during our time as Guest Innovator at the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco. It is a textile education tool, an exploration in mobile public art and a living/growing community project. We are grateful for the museum's support and for the kind rope donation from Great Western Power Company in Oakland, CA.

Textile Playground Loom can be dismantled and constructed in less than 30 minutes, therefore making it easily transportable. It is available as a casual educational workshop for a variety of events and ages. Rates vary depending on location (distance from North Oakland). Please request info below to learn more.


custom workshops + talks

Have a team that would appreciate learning more about fibers, textiles, their relationships to consumerism, slow fashion, sustainable fabrics or ethical production? We've taught and given talks at museums, schools, corporate events, retail stores, and even public parks. Contact us to learn more.