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STITCH: MAINE DESIGNERS ON THE RUNWAY

A FASHION FUNDRAISER BENEFITING THE MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION

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 have our fingers crossed to be able to bring it back in 2021!

Call for 2021 Designers: Preferred Deadline December 15, 2020
We are seeking Maine clothing makers interested in participating in the 2021 event. Many of the details are not yet finalized, but we anticipate a June event to be held at Urban Farm Fermentory – which can accommodate an indoor or outdoor runway and be designed to allow for social distancing. MCA is currently seeking artist interest, no official commitment is required at this time, 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

  1. Artist lives and works in Maine
  2. 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
  3. Artist is MCA member, or, willing to become an MCA member upon final commitment to participate (non-members WELCOME to inquire and express interest!)
  4. Artist has a ready-to-wear clothing line, or is working toward one
  5. Artist has pieces available for sale (online or not), or is working toward that
  6. Artist will have 6 – 8 runway looks ready for June 2021 (and, ideally 6-8 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: lizz@mainerafts.org with your name, business name, images and/or links to your line.

DATE & LOCATION: June 2021, Portland, Maine

2021 RUNWAY DESIGNER LINEUP: To be announced in early 2021

STYLE MUSIC:To be announced in early 2021

STYLE MARKET: Featuring ready-to-wear designs by runway 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!

Prospective designers: contact Lizz Berry at lizz@mainecrafts.org

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#INDIGOEVERYTHING
ABOUT:
We all have that favorite article of clothing that’s been stained, spilled on, or just become 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 #indigoeverything!

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…

LOGISTICS:
Our dye experts will be on site guiding the way and offering Shibori (Japanese folding + resist technique) demonstrations. 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. 

Bring your own: $5 / item
*No items larger than 60” square, please.

Purchase one of ours: $10 / silk scarf

2019 STITCH Image Gallery

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 STITCH SPONSORS!

Urban Farm Fermentory, our gracious host and supporter!
200 Anderson Street. Portland, Maine
www.fermentory.com

Headlight Audio Visual
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Maine Home + Design Magazine
Maine Home+Design is connected to those who live and breathe architecture, art, and good living. Its pages are filled with architectural masterpieces, home design inspiration, compelling artwork, designers, craftspeople, and the latest design trends and industry news. Each issue brims with original writing and photography capturing interiors, exteriors, and the heart of Maine homes from traditional to modern styles—and everything in between.
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Hay Runner
A resource for individuals or companies looking to buy real estate, sell real estate, design and build new —OR— remodel a home or commercial location.  We bring together the right team for you and your project. We provide project leadership, design direction and  simplify the process.  We provide owners representative services for residential and commercial clients, particularly if they are interested in design-centric projects.
www.hayrunner.com

Caleb Johnson Studio
Architects & Builders | Portland, Maine
We are Maine architects and builders designing architecturally significant homes – including waterfront properties – and commercial projects in New England.
www.calebjohnsonstudio.com

Hero Media Arts
Hero Media Arts is full service creative agency dedicated to telling the stories of everyday heroes in video, print, and all digital formats.
www.heromediaarts.com

STITCH HOST COMMITTEE
Tyler Gulden, MCA Board President
Jake Hanin, MCA Board Secretary
Shannon Richards, MCA Board Member
Maggi Blue, MCA Board Member
Sadie Bliss, MCA Director

INAGURAL STITCH ADVISORS
Thank you to these MCA members who offered their friendship and guidance to develop our first fashion show!
Roxi & Julian @ Angelrox
Jill @ Jill McGowen
Carrie @ Able Jane

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