This is going to be an interesting year for me, because I am not teaching at Costume College! Not because I don’t love CoCo, or love teaching, but because I need a break. I’ve been teaching there for a number of years, and while I started with one class per year, I went off the deep end and have been teaching generally about three classes for the past few years. Not only is it a huge amount of work to prep a class, but then if it’s a demo or hands on you have to source and haul all the materials. But what’s hardest is when you teach multiple classes, they invariably conflict with any class you want to take! So while I really enjoy teaching, and will I’m sure return to it next year (maybe at a lower roar), this year my schedule is wide open and I actually have a shot at taking a few classes that I’m excited about! This will be very novel. I also plan to sleep in and generally be more relaxed. (I was starting to think I’d take fewer costumes this year, too, just to be more relaxed, but then I started counting the Friday night 18th c. ice cream social, the gala, the Sunday tea…).
So, I’m putting in for the following limited classes: Janea Whitacre’s fly fringe class (will have to skip the tea if I get in — but DUDE, how cool would it be to learn how to make 18th c. fly fringe???), Mela Hoyt-Heydon’s hat class (not terribly thrilled about early Victorian, but I would like to learn the techniques of wire framed hats to repurpose for other eras, and Mela is an immensely talented and experienced costumer), and Lisa Vandenberghe’s silk ribbon embroidery (she’s studied as Lesage in Paris! And the pieces she’s made are really gorgeous).
Who knows which classes I’ll get into — if I get into the fly fringe and/or the hat class, I’ll be really happy.