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Slow Fashion, Social Practice, and Sustainable Living with Katrina Rodabaugh


Slow Fashion, Social Practice, and Sustainable Living

Come join Katrina Rodabaugh for a conversation about Make Thrift Mend, initially a one-year personal art project that grew into a lifestyle, a book, and led to her teaching workshops across the country focused on rethinking fashion. She will talk about how her practice as an artist activist evolved with slow fashion and the seasonal rhythms that inform her lifestyle and work with natural dye and mending.



About Katrina Rodabaugh

I’m an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, I rethink the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 I’ve been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade or secondhand garments instead of buying new clothing. I also grow, forage, and harvest dye plants near my farmhouse in the Hudson Valley.

My work has appeared in galleries, magazines, theaters, books, juried craft fairs, and alternative arts venues like the tiny house my husband built out of reclaimed materials. I published my first book,The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books in January 2015 and my second bookMending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More with Abrams Books in October 2018. I’ve received artist awards, grants, and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Creative Capacity Fund, and InstarLodge among others.

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