The 4th Annual FeltLOOM Owners Conference will take place Friday, September 12 through Monday, September 15, 2014 at the LanMark Farm and Lodge in Sharpsburg, Kentucky.
This exciting annual event brings a diverse group of FeltLOOM owners from across the country to the birthplace of FeltLOOM, at Lanette Freitag’s and Don Bowles’ LanMark Farm and FeltLOOM headquarters in scenic Sharpsburg, KY. This year, the focus of the Owners Conference will be on the very important topic of Product Development.
FeltLOOM owners include individual fiber artists, small and medium-size fiber mills, fashion and home décor design enterprises, and other creative entrepreneurs and institutions. The Owners Conference is an exceptional opportunity to meet, learn, and share information about the FeltLOOM experience.
This year, special attention will be paid to possibilities for product development and marketing. Besides speaker panels and Q&A sessions, all participants will be divided into teams to actually build a new product. The conference and its individual sessions will be attended not only by the FeltLOOM founding and creative team but by artists, designers, and special guests. By popular demand, a pre-conference (Thursday, September 11) and post-conference (Monday-Tuesday, September 15-16) workshops have been scheduled.
The star line-up of speakers and leaders for this 3-day FeltLOOM intensive will include:
- Lanette Freitag, Co-Founder and Inventor of FeltLOOM®
- Don Bowles, Co-Founder and Inventor of FeltLOOM®
- Janice Arnold, JA Felt
- Vincent Smith, FeltLOOM® Business Development
- Sandy Liggett, Owner of Whispirit
- Laverne Zabelski, Truly Wearable Art
- Soreyda Begley, Lexington Fashion Collaborative Director and Designer
- Jeffrey Monteiro, Fashion Designer at J M Generals
Each conference session will be open for discussion, and participants are highly encouraged to come prepared with questions for our panel of experts.
Highlights at the 2014 FeltLOOM Owners Conference will include special morning sessions with fashion designer Jeffrey Monteiro, who has worked as design director at Bill Blass. Jeffrey will share his experience in clothing design and apply his expertise to designing with FeltLOOM. On Friday evening, The Lexington Fashion Collective will collaborate with us on a fashion show of garments from FeltLOOMers. Models will be available to showcase the clothing, and photographers will be on hand to capture great shots. Participants are invited to bring work to display in the show. A style-room setting area will accompany the fashion show, where FeltLOOMers can display home décor designs.
This annual conference is a special opportunity reserved only for FeltLOOM owners. It is just one of the ways that the FeltLOOM community supports its owners and helps them develop business and creative plans with their FeltLOOM. SPACE IS LIMITED, please register early. For further details on costs and to receive a complete copy of the schedule, please contact 855-335-8566 / firstname.lastname@example.org or register directly via our website. Lodging is available in the area. Camping on the LanMark farm is permitted.
Pre-conference workshop: Thursday, September 11, 6:30PM – Learn dyeing techniques with fiber artist Laverne Zabielski ($25 per person) Post-conference workshop: Monday & Tuesday, September 15-16 – Dr. Etoia Rivera-Strohm, Knitwear & Accessories Design Professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, will teach you to make a mannequin that fits your body as well as draping techniques, using FeltLOOM fabric designed by Lanette Freitag. Participants go home with a mannequin and draped top. ($300.00 per person; includes all supplies and meals).
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