Better Than Jam is 3 parts. 1st; it's the textile printing and fashion line of owner Karin Persan, since 2007. 2nd; it's a storefront hosting locally made jewelry, gifts, fashion and accessories, since 2010. 3rd; it's a common use studio space with a core group of 7 studio residents, but also rentable to the artistic community when they need it and a full calendar of workshops for those to learn new crafts and skill, since 2015.
The Instructor was well versed with the history & use of the Indigo dye. There was enough space & time to finish a number of items utilizing the different techniques.
I’ve taken a couple of classes with Karin, previously Shibori, and it’s become one of my favorite hobbies! Karin is a great teacher, and finds the balance between assisting you in understanding the process while encouraging experimentation. I’m already signed up for more classes, highly recommend!
Wonderful class. Nicely sized (we had 6 students in total). Paced well for beginners - there was sufficient time for pre-learning, and then trying out different techniques on 3 pieces (the studio provided tea white cotton towels / bandanas / totes). A lovely way to spend a Sun morning.
This class is so much fun, and is an awesome intro into Shibori. Karin is a really great teacher, and it's so cool to walk out with three things that you've dyed yourself. Highly recommend it.
Karin was patient, very encouraging and a great teacher. I learned a ton!
Karin is wonderful and the class was a lot of fun, though relaxing at the same time. She was extremely generous with her time and allowed us to be as creative as we wanted. I would highly recommend booking her class!
I feel comfortable and confident to use a sewing machine after this class, I got so much more from learning one-on-one than in a five day group course I took somewhere else many years ago. Karin is a wonderful, patient and encouraging teacher, her studio is so spacious and it was a great experience! Will definitely go back for other classes.
The class was awesome. Karin was great to learn from and super helpful at guiding us along the process. We made beautiful pieces, and I had a blast playing with the dye techniques. I loved the class so much, I immediately signed up for more.
Its impressive that so much creative activity is contained in the time of this class. You take home three distinct samples of your experience - two useful pieces of cloth and a beautiful silk scarf - dyed with Karin's fascinating collection of plant/mineral material and her extensive knowledge of techniques. I will pass no plant (only harvesting 30%), and throw nothing in the compost bin without thinking of it's future life as a source for dye. The studio is easy to get to, steps from the L train and a little walk from the M.
Karin is a great teacher and so friendly. I have taken a couple of her classes. This was one of my favorites. I will be back again for sure!
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