Karin Persan

Teaches at Better Than Jam's Store & Studio

Karin has been silkscreening since 1999, sewing since middle school. She began teaching in Chicago 2002 after she graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Moving back to New York she settled in Bushwick, Brooklyn 2007 where she continued to work on her line "Better Than Jam," of her own hand-printed textiles and self-sewn clothing and accessories. 

In 2010 she made the plunge and opened her first boutique location at 1087 Flushing Ave. 2015, she and the shop made a huge move to 20 Grattan St, to an old warehouse space. In this space, the simple boutique has been transformed into a store, communal studio space, and learning center.

Reviews of Karin Persan

(79 Reviews)
Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing

2/20/2020
Mikella

Attended: Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing


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!

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

2/17/2020
Siran T.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


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.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

2/17/2020
Amanda D.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


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.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

2/17/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing

2/16/2020
Leeju K.

Attended: Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing


Leeju K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Private Sewing Lesson; 3 hours

2/12/2020
ilyaas m.

Attended: Private Sewing Lesson; 3 hours


Karin was patient, very encouraging and a great teacher. I learned a ton!

Block Printing Fabric Yardage

1/27/2020
Michelle A.

Attended: Block Printing Fabric Yardage


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!

Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing

1/26/2020
Etoro U.

Attended: Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing


Etoro U. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Private Sewing Lesson; 3 hours

1/21/2020
Shlomit B.

Attended: Private Sewing Lesson; 3 hours


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.

Dyeing with Nature

1/20/2020
Micki W.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


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.

Dyeing with Nature

1/20/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


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.

Rust and Tea Dyeing

1/20/2020
Kristen

Attended: Rust and Tea Dyeing


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!

Stitching Resist Shibori

1/20/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Stitching Resist Shibori


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

1/6/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

1/6/2020
Ronnie R.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Ronnie R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

1/6/2020
Justin T.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Justin T. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

12/29/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Excellent intro to the art form and instructor was passionate about her craft, helpful and pleasant.

Dyeing with Nature

12/22/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

12/14/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


This was a wonderful experience ! Karin was fantastic at teaching us the basics of indigo dye techniques, engaging with students and making the class a lot of fun ! I love my pieces and would 100% recommend this beginners class.

Private Sewing Lesson; 3 hours

12/10/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Private Sewing Lesson; 3 hours


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

12/8/2019
Rutha R.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


I thought these class was fun. I was disappointed in the amount of work and supplies needed to work in this medium and the fact that the samples washed pale in the first wash. But I learned where I was making mistakes and enjoyed the class. Kerin was a good teacher and answered all my questions. I would take another class with her in the future.

Dyeing with Nature

12/1/2019
Cynthia A.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


The instruction was fantastic! We learned so much in 3 hours, and had 3 dyed pieces to take home. It was a perfect balance of instruction and hands on. Great for beginners or people knowledgeable about dyeing and textiles.

Dyeing with Nature

11/7/2019
Josie

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Can't recommend enough! I've been reading about natural dyeing for quite a while, and the hands on experience really solidified my beginner's journey. Karin is thoughtful with her explanations and clearly knowledgeable about the topic. I felt like I was able to explore creatively and also ask questions when needed. THANK YOU :)

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

11/6/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Such a fun class and very informative. Karin was a great instructor and I love the stuff I got to make!

Private T-Shirt Printing Workshop

10/21/2019
ALLISON B.

Attended: Private T-Shirt Printing Workshop


ALLISON B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

10/7/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Karin was such a wonderful teacher & this class was so interesting. I loved learning about all the materials and how the react with each other to create different colors. Will definitely be going back to learn more!

Dyeing with Nature

10/5/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


loved this class- Karin is amazing!

Dyeing with Nature

10/4/2019
Lucy M.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


So fun and informative. Will definitely take another class at Better than Jam, Karin is GREAT!

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

9/18/2019
CHERYL HAMLIN Freeman

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


The class was delightful. Karin was knowledgeable and engaging. When asked, she shared the history of Shibori in different countries. I definitely plan to take another class. Cheryl

Exploring Indigo and Shibori; A Month Long Series

9/5/2019
Erica

Attended: Exploring Indigo and Shibori; A Month Long Series


Karin was amazing and so patient with our class. Super nice and I learned way more than I expected when I signed up for the class on a whim. Her studio space is great and she is a wonderful teacher. I'll be taking more classes with her in the future!

Exploring Indigo and Shibori; A Month Long Series

9/1/2019
Corrina

Attended: Exploring Indigo and Shibori; A Month Long Series


A great opportunity to explore indigo and shibori in depth. Each week a new method of dyeing (vat type) was introduced and lots of time given to different resist types (pattern making). These classes are great for someone looking to utilize the great studio space and the expertise of the teacher while exploring different approaches to indigo and shibori.

Dyeing with Nature

8/18/2019
Jacob J.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Jacob J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

8/17/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

8/11/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Entering the door of Better Than Jam's Studio located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I was immediately inspired. The space and interesting artworks around the studio increased my sense of anticipation. Karin is a patient and thorough teacher. She brought a group of people with diverse backgrounds in arts through a series of well planned and practiced exercises. I left with three samples of different processes utilizing natural dyeing as well as some Shibori techniques. I look forward to further study with Karin. Highly recommended.

Rust and Tea Dyeing

7/28/2019
Inga N.

Attended: Rust and Tea Dyeing


Inga N. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

7/18/2019
Katy

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Really informative and thorough class! Karin keeps the material engaging and fun. I learned so much to improve and add to my dye projects. Very happy a printed syllabus was provided to I can refer back to it later! Thank you!

Block Printing Fabric Yardage (Private for 8)

7/16/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Block Printing Fabric Yardage (Private for 8)


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Advanced Shibori with Indigo and Color

6/25/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Advanced Shibori with Indigo and Color


Love, love LOVE the classes I've had with Karin. She's a lovely instructor and is generous with her information. I've taken three classes at Better Than Jam and I've enjoyed all of them and learned a bunch. The studio is spacious and bright, and despite being a work space where lots of dyeing happens it's very clean.

Advanced Shibori with Indigo and Color

6/23/2019
Nadia M.

Attended: Advanced Shibori with Indigo and Color


Nadia M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

6/10/2019
Rachel C.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Rachel C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing

5/29/2019
Shelley Denton

Attended: Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing


Recently, I enjoyed the pleasure of two of Karin’s classes! It is with great pleasure I highly recommend taking any of her classes. She is friendly, approachable, and most of all, an expert in her field. She began both classes with historical background on the subject matter, provided beautifully detailed examples, and exhibited enthusiasm for the projects to her students. I look forward to another visit to the city, so I can take more of her classes.

Fun with Reactive Dyes

5/14/2019
Lauren Hunt

Attended: Fun with Reactive Dyes


This past Sunday, I took Karin's Reactive Dyes workshop. It was wonderful; she is truly a professional who knows alot about the chemistry of dyes. This is just what I needed. We did 3 different dye techniques, with enough time to explore each. Loved the shibori technique. I highly recommend this workshop. Lauren H.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

5/3/2019
JULIA QUINN

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


JULIA QUINN gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

4/24/2019
Christina L.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Very informative! Great teacher, very knowledgable but very little time.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

4/1/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Great class. Learned a lot, got to make cool stuff. Teacher was very cool and relaxed.

Private Sewing Lesson; 3 hours

3/27/2019
Rene E.

Attended: Private Sewing Lesson; 3 hours


Rene E. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

3/24/2019
stephanie s.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


stephanie s. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

2/10/2019
Stefany F.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Stefany F. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

2/4/2019
Ilana L.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Fun and informative. Great class!

Dyeing with Nature

2/4/2019
Suzanne L.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Awesome class. Presentation was great.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

1/27/2019
Luiza L.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Luiza L. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing

1/26/2019
Kristen Neufeld

Attended: Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing


Karin is great and I love her studio space. The class was small and we all had room to work. She had tons of great stuff she had foraged for herself and let us help ourselves to during the class. Will definitely go back for other workshops!

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

1/26/2019
Liza Mendel

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


I loved this class, such a wonderful mixture of science and art. Karin makes the experience both educational and attainable. I had so much fun and felt so comfortable I didn’t want to leave. It is an art form that is so magical. I will definitely go back for a more advanced class in the near future. I came home with some great pieces I can’t wait to wear in the world and tell everyone I made it!!

Block Printing Fabric Yardage

1/26/2019
Katya M.

Attended: Block Printing Fabric Yardage


Great class, informative, fun, and great for any level. Great value for the price, I would definitely recommend!

Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing

1/7/2019
Danielle H.

Attended: Floral and Fauna Bundle Dyeing


I loved this class! Karin struck a wonderful balance with providing instruction and expertise and giving participants time to experiment with their own process.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

1/4/2019
Dina Jacobs

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


This class was so much fun and Karin is super knowledgable, organized and patient! I walked away with a very good introduction to a few main Shibori techniques as well as 3 beautiful pieces I am so excited about! Can see myself taking this class a few times to become more comfortable and then moving on to the next levels. Have already ordered a beginner indigo kit to start my home vat! Would definitely like to return! THANK YOU KARIN!!!! Best, Dina Jacobs

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

8/7/2018
Cori

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Really enjoyed this hands on class. I felt a learned a ton about the process and multiple techniques. It was a level above my expectations. The instructor is very knowledgeable and generous with her time and resources. Left with some interesting pieces that I really enjoyed.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

6/18/2018
veronica F.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


I have to repeat because I truly enjoyed it.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

5/20/2018
Sophia P.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Wonderful Introduction to Shibori Dye Techniques! I am looking forward to taking more Shibori classes with Karin at Better Than Jam :)

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

4/16/2018
Sari Mizrahi

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Fantastic class! So informative and Karin was awesome!

Block Printing Fabric Yardage

4/12/2018
Laurey B.

Attended: Block Printing Fabric Yardage


Amazing morning. Beltway space. Great teacher.

Dyeing with Nature

3/7/2018
Gabriel G.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Gabriel G. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

3/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Fun with Reactive Dyes

3/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Fun with Reactive Dyes


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Fun with Reactive Dyes

2/22/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Fun with Reactive Dyes


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

2/13/2018
Kenzie B.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Kenzie B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

2/7/2018
Kenzie B.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Kenzie B. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

9/11/2017
Chris S.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Chris S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Dyeing with Nature

8/13/2017
Leah k.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


The class' was fun, interesting and well timed. The supplies provided were generous and each project was fun to do and then to see results. The teacher was good!

Dyeing with Nature

8/13/2017
Deanna M.

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Deanna M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

7/25/2017
Samantha Tharler

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


awesome class!

Private Textile Screenprinting Workshop

6/29/2017
Kat C.

Attended: Private Textile Screenprinting Workshop


Kat C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Private T-Shirt Printing Workshop

5/31/2017
Jason Pierre

Attended: Private T-Shirt Printing Workshop


Karin was really informative and took the time to explain the thought process behind the use of certain tools, supplies & techniques.

Private Textile Screenprinting Workshop

5/29/2017
Michelle G.

Attended: Private Textile Screenprinting Workshop


I really enjoyed this course and I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about how hand-made screenprinting works..!!

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

5/28/2017
Summer H.

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Loved, loved this class. Brought my friend and my sister and we all had a fantastic time and make some really cool things. The best.

Private Textile Screenprinting Workshop

5/26/2017
Laura Barbata

Attended: Private Textile Screenprinting Workshop


I signed up for the class on two occasions to work on a special project. Karin is an extraordinary teacher, the environment is perfect and I was very happy with the results.

Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo

5/26/2017
Laura Barbata

Attended: Beginner Shibori: Dye Techniques with Indigo


Great class! Karin is extremely knowledgeable and patient. I have taken this class twice and am always so happy with the experience and the results.

Dyeing with Nature

5/25/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Dyeing with Nature


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Private Learn ALL Silkscreen

4/10/2017
Elvira C.

Attended: Private Learn ALL Silkscreen


Karin, our instructor was amazing and generous with her time and knowledge. The workshop environment was spacious and well lit. I will sign up for more classes with her!