Åland Print Workshop & Retreat 2017

 

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I am so delighted to be able to invite you to my third yearly Print Workshop and Nature retreat on the islands where I was born, – the Åland Islands in Scandinavia. Join us for this very special opportunity .

I grew up in this archipelago, and to this I return every summer. Being there makes me peaceful and very, very happy This is also where I recharge and find inspiration for most of my organic designs, patterns and motifs.

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The Print Workshop Retreat will include four- half day workshops with me in the barn where we gather inspiration and motifs from the beautiful, natural surroundings and then translate them into patterns and motifs that we print on paper and textiles. We will together explore three different simple printing techniques and create lovely items and memories on paper and fabric to take home and cherish.  I will supply you with all materials and tools that you need, and absolutely no art or design background is required, just a willingness to explore and play.

Create, explore, swim in the brackish ocean, take saunas under the midnight sun, hike, kayak, make lovely things with your hands, make new lovely and interesting friends and simply ‘be’ in this rather special and gorgeous part of the world.

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We will also enjoy incredible meals that are prepared daily by the most talented and passionate chef Viktor, and his brother Gustav. Our private chefs only use fresh and local, and mostly organic ingredients, often grown on the little farm on Silverskär, and fish is caught by hand in the ocean that surrounds us, berries and mushrooms harvested by locals and neighbours.

 

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Silverskär is truly a magical place: it is a completely private 40-acre island in the Åland archipelago. Silverskär used to be a working farm with cows and pigs, and has been fully converted to a unique and comfortable homestay, with the old barn and the main house, and some charming cottages where you can immerse yourself in this very rare and special setting!

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So why don’t you join me on this amazing trip… imagine: a whole private island just for ourselves, days filled with inspiration, nature and crazy delicious, wholesome meals. Registration will open for this amazing & simply luxurious experience in November 17, 2016, 12pm EST.

Click here for more information and prices.

 

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A few more days and soon the Holidays are here. I look forward to it this year: the gravlax my dad taught me how to make, the yearly viewing of Ivanhoe with Anthony Andrews (LOVE IT, so much, since I was 10!), spending whole days in pj’s and very slow days with my boys here at home, among many other things.

I wanted to suggest a powerful last minute Holiday Gift: One of my workshops I am teaching in 2016. I usually have the most fun and creative students in these classes, who create the most lovely prints and designs. Together we explore, talk about inspiration, print, reminisce on good music, chew on small business challenges, share contacts and laughs. Together we create connections and memories that last for a long time. I truly do not not know a better gift than that (to others or myself for that matter)!

Workshops in my Brooklyn Studio are already all sold out, but I will be teaching in so many other amazing places next year.

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Åland:
I go back home every summer, for a long time. I was born here and need to go back every year to get my calm, connect with family, swim in the brackish waters, eat smoked fish and take saunas at midnight, – and to draw. Join me on our own private island with our own private chef who will cook us amazing meals morning to night. We print and create in the barn, dance and swim under the midnight sun. A truly magical and special experience, that will last you a life time. July 2016. Learn more here.

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India:
I am going back to Jaipur together with Ace Camps for a truly wonderful journey. We visit so many interesting artisans and craftsmen that have printed and dyed textiles for several generations. Take all that inspiration and then print with me! Incredibly fun, all of it! Learn more here.

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Los Angeles:
Finally I get to go back to Los Angeles. I used to live in California and I miss that special light, the palm trees..and yeah..LA is awesome to visit. Can’t wait. I team up with old friends from my trade show days, Poketo. These workshops take place at the splendid and cool Line Hotel in Koreatown. A few spots left. February 2016. Sign up here.

Denver:
So thrilled to be invited by Fancy Tiger Crafts to teach in their creative place. These ladies are so fun and rather talented. Cannot wait to visit Denver for the first time in my life and I cannot wait to meet you there for some April 2016. Sign up for your spot here.

I am really hoping to come to Amsterdam and London in March 2016 for some “workshopping” (and other shopping). I will keep you posted on that as soon as I know more.

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And: if you want some temporary bling bling for all those holiday and new years parties, may I recommend my Brilliant Bracelet Set that I created with Tattly! Supa fun!

2016 is going to ROCK…NEW projects, BIG changes and 20-year celebrations-more about that after that needed Holiday break .

My warmest holiday wishes to all of you.
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Free workshop & book signing at Purl Soho

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To celebrate my new book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style we would like to invite you to an event here in New York.

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My dear friends at Purl Soho are hosting a free mini workshop, where together we will make some simple, cute bracelets from the book using my fabrics, a few notions, and simple tools. There are only a limited amount of spots, so please call and reserve yours soonest.

I will also be there signing my new book! Everyone who purchases a book will receive a free bracelets kit from me so you can easily make some at home. I do look forward to seeing you next Thursday.

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To learn more about my new book please click here.

And if you can’t join us here in New York this time, perhaps you can join me in Los Angeles or Denver next spring? I will be there teaching print workshops and signing books. And if all goes well I hope to visit Amsterdam and London too!

To learn more visit my website, and also sign up for my newsletter, and follow me on INSTAGRAM for more details to come.

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Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style blog tour

 

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I am very proud and happy to introduce to you my 3rd sewing book, Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style. This time I am showing you how make your own stylish, cute, functional and everyday garments. The book is filled with really simple patterns and interesting clothes, which are all modeled by real people.

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Most of you probably know me as a different kind of designer (for those of you not so familiar with my work, I create surface patterns and designs that are printed on all kinds of things: fabrics, rugs, cushions, paper goods and plates, to name a few), and the truth is that I do not really know how to sew that well!

The very simple and basic sewing I do know is from home economics class in elementary school! I remember so strongly how satisfying and EXCITING it was to sew a pair of my own PJ pants; it was such a wonderful feeling to make a something that I could wear. I still carry that feeling and wanted to share the excitement at making your own garments in fabrics of your own choosing in this book.

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Since I don’t know how to create sewing patterns, I invited pattern maker Alexia Abegg to collaborate with me. She drafted all the patterns in sizes XS to XL based on my ideas, vision, and style, which is rather non fussy – simple lines and classic cuts, cute and functional everyday clothes. Now I can start learning to sew again! Since this book is focused on easy patterns it won’t intimidate a novice sewer.

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I hope you will feel as tickled as I am by these projects. I also hope you will feel inspired to add, alter, and change things to make them more YOU by picking your favorite fabrics, adding ribbon, pockets, lengths, lining, prints, and swatches for example.

I have worked with some really special models for this book. I invited some friends and relatives of all ages to take part, and I could not be happier that they are part of this project. The amazing photographer of this book is Jenny Hallengren – she is also one of my best friends, since I was 10 years old. She has worked tirelessly with me, and together we have had some rather wonderful adventures while making this book.

To celebrate the release of Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style, STC Craft have invite many talented and creative bloggers and makers on a Blog Tour that starts today! For almost every day in December we will see different versions of projects sewn out of the book. There will also be give-aways on each blog – not only of the book, but also some Lotta Jansdotter fabrics that were created together with Windham Fabrics, and temporary tattoos made together with Tattly – it is like an advent calendar of sorts, a gift everyday until Christmas!

I CANNOT WAIT! It is so super exciting for me.

Here is the blog tour:

Dec 1 – Lotta Jansdotter
Dec 2 – STC Craft
Dec 3 – Windham
Dec 4 – Noodlehead
Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft
Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained
Dec 9 – Crimson Tate
Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama
Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes
Dec 15 – Craft Sanity
Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest
Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew
Dec 18 – Lish Dorset
Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts
Dec 21 – Generation Q
Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander
Dec 23 – Crafty Planner

Wow, now lets see what YOU will make! I would of course love it if you want to share with me your process and your finished projects on Instagram: @lottajansdotter Use the tag #lottaeverydaystyle so we can find them!

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