5-13 June 2020

Join us in the culturally-vibrant seaside town of Brighton on England’s south coast for a nine day retreat with artist and fashion designer Christine Mayer to learn the art of draping. Working directly on a dress form you’ll learn how to drape and stitch in an artful way to create original items of clothing that fit you like a second skin and express your personal style.  This fresh and liberating way of making clothes brings with it new possibilities that have more in common with sculpting than dressmaking. 

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We’ll stay at The Artist Residence, a charming Georgian townhouse hotel, overlooking Regency Square and the sea beyond. The daily workshops with Christine take place a ten minute walk away in the Regency Townhouse, a fabulous Grade 1 listed terrace built in the 1820s around Brunswick Square, one of the most beautiful in Brighton.  All the equipment you’ll need will be provided.


You’ll love Brighton’s boho atmosphere, its artsy scene and interesting independent shops including many vintage boutiques and bazaars. You can shop for treasures to use in your projects or bring some recycled garments, fabrics, old table cloth or quilts with you to work on during the week. Almost any item can be upcycled and you’ll soon understand the principles of working three-dimensionally and allow your garments to evolve.

With three dinners included you’ll be free to explore Brighton’s cosmopolitan cuisine and abundant pavement cafés. Our final dinner will be taken in a 16th century inn in picturesque Rye which we will visit on the final day. With its narrow cobbled streets and timber-framed buildings this historic town is home to legendary drapers Merchant and Mills. You’ll meet founder Carolyn Denham and her team and have plenty of time to browse and buy from their extensive range of fabrics, tools, notions and haberdashery items. Then it’s back to Brighton for the final night of our retreat.


Essential information

8 night/9 day creative retreat

Accomodation option available, 12 artistic ensuite bedrooms either single or double occupancy

Minimum 8 participants. Maximum 14 participants

£3395 per person double occupancy
£3895 per person single occupancy
£2795 per person without accommodation
Non-refundable deposit of £1000 on booking
Balance due 20 January 2020

Accommodation, if chosen. 5 days tuition with Christine Mayer. Train trip to Merchant and Mills in Rye and local transport. 3 dinners. 7 lunches.

Airfares to UK. Transfers to Brighton Train Station

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“I had a wonderful time. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures. Thank you!!...”

Jane L., United States


christine mayer

Berlin-based fashion designer Christine Mayer has built her career on re-purposing clothing and breathing new life into garments. She is a pioneer of three-dimensional free draping, an art form she has adapted and developed from her studies in classical Japanese drapery. Christine’s style is recognisable for its collage aesthetics; where pattern and fabric constantly interrupt each other’s spaces. intothelight.de


Vintage haven

Wearing vintage clothing is a way of life for locals in Brighton so you won’t want to miss an afternoon of touring the numerous vintage shops like Beyond Retro, Snoopers’ Attic and Hope and Harlequin in the famous Lanes and North Laine. We’ll provide maps of our favourite shops and set you off in search of some new ‘old’ treasures. You might even find some inspirational pieces for a new drape.


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