fall 2014 Sew-it Workshops…. the details

Autobody Fine Art Gallery  1517 Park St. Alameda                         DOWNLOAD THIS INFO


  • Developing creativity into a finished object

  • Build creative skills useful in other aspects of your life.

  • Making something with your own hands
  • Investigating and expanding practical knowledge of the use of shapes, colors and textures
  • Learning or improving sewing skills
  • Fomenting recycling and the use of diverse materials that can be sewn or glued

  • Increase self-esteem and self-sufficiency

  • Have fun!

MY PET MONSTER – september maria_chenut_glove_puppet

4 two hour sessions:

saturday  20th from 4 to 6 pm and sunday 21st from 12 to 2pm

saturday  27th from 4 to 6 pm and sunday 28th from 12 to 2pm

120$ or 90$ if accompanied by an adult. ages 8 and up

Talk, draw, collage, play, act out and make your own monster out of fabric. Make a new friend. Make it growl with fur, buttons, trims, hair!!

From early on stuffed animals are present in a child ́s life. They are loyal companions, helping the child’s expand its imagination and its development in its interactions with the world of adults. The joys and personal value of a handmade toy is incomparable to the store bought items with their lights, sounds, glitz, and consumer connotations. The child, by making its own toy, makes what he loves, a materialization of its fears and fantasies, a three-dimensional “live” object, to use in interaction with other toys and its own personal imagination.

Possible projects according to age:

  • Sock or glove puppet
  • Simple creature made by joining two cutouts, or a more complex creature with ears, tail, pockets…
  • Pillow creature to store pajama

  • Animal backpack or bag

What do we do during the workshop:

  • Talk together, and play through sounds and mimicry to gather our ideas about what monsters are like, the shapes they have, how they behave…
  • Draw, from our imagination all kinds of creatures, and think about what elements characterize each, exaggerating the features which give them personality…
  • Simplify and synthesize their shapes colors and textures. Make a collage.

  • Choose and elaborate different patterns, textures and materials.

  • Cut out fabric, sew, glue, and fill the creature to give it volume.

HALLOWEEN – october

3 three hour sessions.

saturday 4th, 18th, and 25th from 2 to 5pm

120$  Manhattan’s architects in “The Skyline of New York”

Stop buying a pre-made costume or stapling things together! What better moment to learn how to sew than preparing for Halloween. Make something special or something wild without the pressure of it having to look perfect! Invent a pattern, work with different and unusual materials. Get inspired and geared up as a group!

THE GREAT MASHUP! – november IMG_6297

3 three hour sessions.

sundays the 2nd, 9th, and 23 from 11 to 2pm.


Creative sewing techniques offer the possibility to reinvent, recycle, bring back to life your clothing and house linens. Work with what is too big, too small, stained… where there is nothing to lose… and make something new with it! Explore freestyle collage, learn to make things by un-making them, discover a re-patterning approach to sewing.

Examine, explore and expand your personal style. Mix-up styles you love.

Concepts we talk about and work with during the workshop: 

  • What do I like, what do I dislike about this piece of clothing? Why? What can I do about it?
  • Sources and resources: color theory, history of costume, art history, photography of different time periods, analysis of specific clothes to understand pattern making.
  • Working process: analysis, getting together a palette of materials, drawing and measuring, cutting, sewing, fitting, adjustments…
    Contact info:

Maria Chenut (949) 332 9123




Maria Chenut is a visual artist new to the Bay Area, working in photography, collage and fabric sculpture, as well as a professional costume designer for theater, dance and puppet theater. She has been giving workshops for several years on customization of clothes to children 7 to 11 years old as well as to adolescents and adults, or mixed groups where the diversity mixes the youth and candor of ones with the patience and experience of others.

%d bloggers like this: