STITCH: MAINE DESIGNERS ON THE RUNWAY
A FASHION FUNDRAISER BENEFITING THE MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION
September 9, 2021 @ Urban Farm Fermentory, Portland, Maine, 5pm – 8pm
STITCH features an evening of style, celebrating Maine designers in a live runway show and offering opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow supporters and followers of design, art & craft – all in support of one of Maine’s essential non-profit arts organizations: the Maine Craft Association.
$50 tickets ($40 for current MCA members) supported the Maine Crafts Association and included one drink, snacks, admission to the runway show, access to the style market and socializing before and after the show.
The MCA’s first slow fashion runway show took place in 2019 at Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland, Maine. Our 2020 event was (of course) cancelled due to COVID but we are bringing it back in 2021!
DATE & LOCATION: September 9 2021, Urban Farm Fermentory Portland, Maine
2021 RUNWAY DESIGNER LINEUP:
Nicole Testa, Gnykol /// True Self Couture
Jordan Carey + Madison Poitrast-Upton /// Loquat
Patti Dowse /// Rags2Riches
Catherine Fisher /// Catherine Fisher Clothing
Jasmine Clayton /// Kurier
Kirsty Mogensen /// Sailor Rose
Olivia Dwyer /// Olivia Halo Designs
STYLE MUSIC: coming soon
STYLE MARKET: Featuring ready-to-wear designs by STITCH runway designers + other local artists/designers.
STITCH BENEFICIARY & PRODUCER: Maine Crafts Association, a non-profit arts organization supporting craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities. Stitch proceeds will support MCA educational programming!
MAKE IT BLUE: Indigo Dyeing Activity @ STITCH
We all have that favorite article of clothing that’s been stained, spilled on, or generally dingy over the years – but don’t be blue, now is your chance to give it some love and a second life in your closet.. enter Make It Blue.
Join us for a fun afternoon of over-dyeing in the sunshine before STITCH: Maine Designers on the Runway, and participate in one of fashions’ biggest trends right now – sustainability!
So don’t throw it away, throw it in a vat! Update your wardrobe, kitchen linens, favorite tote bag or textile in need. Think old t-shirts, shorts, dresses, napkins, table runners, pillow cases – you name it. Don’t like the current color? Over-dye it! Even if it’s new and you just want it to be blue…
Our dye experts will be on site guiding the way and offering Shibori (Japanese folding + resist technique) demonstrations and general instructions on how to dye with an Indigo vat. Come watch, learn or DIY!
We will provide gloves, rubber bands, clothespins and other mark-making materials to achieve beautiful Shibori patterns, or you can simply dye your item a solid Indigo hue. We will have plain white silk scarves available for purchase on site. If you are bringing your own item to over-dye, keep in mind natural fibers will dye best. (Cotton, wool, linen + silk all work great).
Bring your own: $5 / item
*No items larger than 60” square, please.
Purchase one of ours: $10 / silk scarf
2019 STITCH Image Gallery
Call for 2021 Designers:
We are seeking Maine clothing makers interested in participating in the 2021 event. The event will be held Sept 9, 2021 at Urban Farm Fermentory – which can accommodate an indoor or outdoor runway and be designed to allow for social distancing. MCA is currently seeking designers for the runway, there is no fee for designers to participate, however a current MCA membership is required upon committing.
To be considered, artists should meet the following standards, but we are happy to consider and work with folks who are working toward these benchmarks
- Artist lives and works in Maine
- Artist is the lead designer and/or maker of the items – it is not required that the designer personally sew each and every piece, but the designs must be by the artist and made in Maine
- Artist is MCA member, or, willing to become an MCA member upon final commitment to participate (non-members WELCOME to inquire and express interest!)
- Artist has a ready-to-wear clothing line, or is working toward one
- Artist has pieces available for sale (online or not), or is working toward that
- Artist will have 6 runway looks ready for Sept 2021 (and, ideally models to wear them, but we can help with that if needed!)
To be considered for the runway: Please email Lizz Berry, MCA Programs Manager: email@example.com with your name, business name, images and/or links to your line.
Prospective designers: contact Lizz Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 STITCH SPONSORS!
Urban Farm Fermentory, our gracious host and supporter!
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