Wednesday, December 22, 2010

merry and bright

wishing you a sacred holiday season
and a magical new year

from the ladies at frei and workshop


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

learn to sew a wrap skirt

learn to sew a multi- panel wrap skirt

Class dates: 
Wednesday, January 5th 6-9
Saturday, January 8th 12- 6
Sunday, January 9th 12-6

This class will provide the beginning sewer with the knowledge and guidence needed to construct a simple yet stylish wrap skirt.

No prior sewing experience necessary.

We provide all tools and patterns- you provide fabric of your choice.

Limited space, please register early.

Total of 3 classes

for more information contact us at

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dream catcher ornament making workshop

that's right.
Learn to make dream catcher ornaments
to hang from your tree
to give to a special friend
to adorn a holiday package
to hang in your window
or above your bed
or near the bed of someone you love

Workshop will provide all the materials:
branches, silk strings, thread, or twine
beads, vintage bits, old-timey buttons
and of course,

this class takes place on Sunday December 19th
from 12-5 p.m.
make as many as you can!
cost is $30.00
RSVP please.......

Saturday, December 4, 2010

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its' furniture.
Still treat each guest honorably,
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


window installation and
new prints by Karin Haas

Opening Reception 
Friday December 10th
5-10 p.m.

Seasonal cocktails 
Sale of frei fall/winter collection
up to 40% off

 I use plants and animal life to investigate the complex behaviors of human relationships.  The cells, organisms, crustaceans, plants, flowers, animals, and my imagination act like surrogates, representing my relationships with people. I start working on one area of a plate and let my marks grow. I do not know what my image is going to look like in the end.  During the process of working on a plate these forms continue to change and evolve. The more I think about a particular relationship the more my images grow.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

30% OFF workshop sale!

is on sale

I Don't believe in BLACK Friday
I believe in the genuine article
come to workshop and see what I am
talking about

We have been busy little bees at workshop
decorating packages Martha Stewart style
with found twigs, glitter, scrap fabric, and such....
getting ready for holiday gift exchanging

All Fall clothing 30% OFF!
all Jewelry 25% OFF!
Friday 26th- Sunday 28th

These gorgeous HAND TURNED wooden bangles
originally $60 each are now $42

No Holiday look is complete
without a dramatic Ruff scarf 
in silk or organic cotton
a wonderful gift for you or yours

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

come to this.

Nick Cave is hosting several talented designers at his 
this weekend
110 East 23rd Street
Chicago, Il
I will be there as well with all kinds of new
accessories for purchase
come to this!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


The insanely talented  
is currently installing her new body of work

Adornment Throne

at workshop for the Month of November
I am so excited, I am beside myself
Heidi and I met while fresh-faced coeds at 
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Heidi has more talent in her tiny pinky toe
than most of the entire population 
within a 2,000 square mile radius

for reals

Her most recent body of work has found her in the
of hand embroidered
silk/cotton scarves 
embellishments trapped in acrylic
and furniture pieces
totally amazing

let there be light

the work of Matthew Shelton is at once simple and spectacular
I had the pleasure of living with several sizes and variations of his
light boxes 
installed in the window box "gallery" at workshop 
for the month of October
I am deciding which piece to keep for the shop
and the decision is not an easy one

Saturday, October 30, 2010

slow food slow fashion

all images by Eva Daiberl

the slow food slow fashion event at workshop
was a lovely affair....

Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and I wanted to create a small holiday
capsule collection to chase away the wintery blues
we decided to host an intimate preview of the collections
in the form of a small presentation in the window boxes at

We asked the talented folks over at Nightwood
to create a small tasting experience to compliment the palettes
we chose for our two collections
 This is the menu they came up with

the food was incredible!

The beets with and the spiced warm cider
enhanced the warmth of my collection
the milk punch and creamy garlic soup 
Abigail's wintery whites 
We wanted to create an experience to 
celebrate local tastes and talents

as Abigail and I both create our collections here in
and Nightwood utilizes seasonal and local ingredients 
to create their menu
we thought it would be a perfect pairing

The lovely folks at Koval, a local boutique distillery,
supplied us with 
Koval Pear and Koval Ginger
adding to the autmnal mixed drinks

and it was all too perfect
an unforgettable evening and a fitting
ode to the bountiful harvest of the season