The old blog posts are finally up on this brand new site, so now I can share what's coming up next. It's been fascinating to go over all the old posts. I've been writing them since 2012, and so much has happened since then.
It's an interesting way to get an overview of your life and artistic progress.
Here's what's coming up in February of 2020:
Mending Monday at Wingwalker Brewing will be February 3rd from 7-9 PM. $30.
Bring your mending and repair pile plus all your sewing and craft related questions. We'll get that pile back down to a reasonable level and you'll be in great company.
February 6th I'll be staple draping with the Young Shakespeareans at West Vernon Elementary School. We're making caps and capes for their upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. This will be so much fun!
And February 11 is the showing of Los Angeles Landscapes curated by Diane Williams. Diane challenged us to come up with digital images that showcase the multifaceted Los Angeles landscape. Since I don't consider myself a photographer, it was such an intriguing challenge! I'm excited to see what everyone came up with. Judging from the postcard, it will be a powerful show.
As Carry Somers, founder of Fashion Revolution says:
“There are fantastic ways to get new clothes without buying new,” she says. “We can hire. We can rent. We can swap. Or we can invest in clothes which are made by artisans, which have taken time and skill to produce.”
And (of course) we can mend.
"Mending Clothes As an Act of Rebellion" by Kate of The Phoenix Green is lovely and to the point.
"Mending clothes is absolutely an act of rebellion – and perhaps one which is most accessible to most people. Learning how to stitch and darn is far easier in these days of youtube. So my hope is that more and more of us will learn the skills to mend clothes, to keep them in circulation and reduce the impact that our recent obsession with fashion continues to have on the planet."
So many classes are on the horizon! Won't you come out to play?
At Mending Mondays and Visible Mending at Wingwalker Brewing, you can mend your clothes in good company, enjoy a fine beverage, and join a community of people who want to see the things they love last. Bring your things to mend, your sewing kits, and all your questions!
Visible Mending November 24th, 11 AM - 2 PM. $45.
Mending Monday December 2nd, 7-9 PM. $30.
Both classes will be at Wingwalker Brewing, 235 W. Maple in Monrovia, CA.
Upcoming classes at Glendale Community College for Spring 2020:
Intro to Sewing Saturdays, February 1-22, 2020.
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. $149.
Knock It Off Pattern Making Saturdays, March 7-28, 2020.
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. $149.
Alter Your Clothes Like A Pro Saturdays, March 7-28, 2020.
1:30 - 4:30 PM. $149.
Classes at GCC Garfield campus, 1122 E. Garfield, Glendale, CA 90215
Thank you to Arts Unbound for hosting Opulent Mobility 2019!
Celene Ryan did an amazing job of organizing and setting up the show. Unfortunately, the organization is closing its doors. The exhibit is now packed up and the artwork is being sent home to the artists. For those who didn't have a chance to see it in person, the exhibit is now online at www.opulentmobility.com/om2019.
Many thanks also to my co-curator Anthony Tusler, to all the artists of Opulent Mobility, to the Numotion Foundation for sponsoring the show, and to Teri Grossman and Karen Eckhoff at Audio Eyes for doing a fantastic job of describing the art. Those descriptions are now in the capable hands of Mari Weiss and McKerrin Kelly, who are amazing voice over artists, and the audio files should be up on the site shortly.
Coming right up!
Submit your artwork that re-imagines disability as opulent and powerful to Opulent Mobility 2019 by July 31st.
In August, I'm teaching classes at Glendale Community College, Wingwalker Brewing, and Greenbar Distillery. You can alter your clothes, knock off patterns, fix your popped seams, make a duct tape dress form, and mend things beautifully!
Click on the links or contact me for full details.
Alter Your Clothes Like a Pro, Saturdays from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM, August 3- 24 at Glendale Community College
Knock It Off Pattern Making, Saturdays from 1-4 PM, August 3- 24 at Glendale Community College
Mending Monday at Wingwalker Brewing, August 5 from 7-9 PM
DIY Duct Tape Dress Form at Wingwalker Brewing, August 18 from 11 AM - 2 PM
Fixology: Visible Mending at Greenbar Distillery, August 25 from 3-5 PM
This exhibit is co-curated by A. Laura Brody, Celene Ryan, and Anthony Tusler. This year, the show will be at the Dora Stern Gallery at Arts Unbound in City of Orange, New Jersey, and the exhibit will also be posted online. We accept all types of media: 2-dimensions, sculptural, film, music files, and videos of performances and spoken word.
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June 10- Mending Monday from 7-9 PM. $30
June 23- Knock It Off Pattern Making from 11 AM - 2 PM. $45
July 10- Mending Monday from 7-9 PM. $30
July 28- Hand Sewing Sunday from 11 AM - 2 PM. $45
August 5- Mending Monday from 7-9 PM. $30
August 18- DIY Duct Tape Dress Form from 11 AM - 2 PM. $45
Knock It Off Pattern Making is April 28 from 12-3 PM, Wingwalker Brewing at 235 W. Maple Ave in Monrovia, CA. $45.
Bring in your favorite, worn-out piece of clothing and we'll turn it into a fresh new pattern that you can use again and again. This technique is simple and you don't have to take your clothes apart in the process. Contact me for details.
If you want something more in-depth, try these 4-session classes at Glendale Community College. Click the links for full details.
APRIL- JUNE 2019
Intro To Sewing 4/6/19- 4/27/19 $135
Alter Your Clothes Like A Pro 5/11/19- 6/1/19 $175
Knock it Off Pattern Making 6/8/19- 6/19-19 $175
If you'd like to learn, I'd love to work with you.
About the instructor:
A. Laura Brody has 30 years experience as a costume crafts person, designer, and maker. She's made costumes for LMFAO, the Black Eyed Peas, and Rhianna, among others. She has worked for Netflix, Disney Imagineering, the LA Opera, Disney and Nickelodeon TV, Diavolo Dance Theatre, and many specialty costume houses. Her relaxed, encouraging, and adventurous approach to teaching makes pattern making, draping, crafts, and sewing accessible and fun. If you can dream it up, she can make it- and show you how to make it too.
Learn some quick and easy hand sewing tricks and repairs. Sew buttons and other closures on fast, do some simple hems, repair your popped seams, and learn patching and darning techniques. When we're done, enjoy some brews or sparkly waters!
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.