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Suit Yourself

June 16 - 21, 2024

Jessica “JG” Gatlin  ·  jvgatlin.com

Workshop Overview

This workshop is a hacker’s guide to pattern drafting, alterations and custom clothing. Using a combination of construction, mending and printmaking techniques, students will impose personal and/or cultural values upon existing garments and objects. Through the acts of making and altering, we will also engage in dialogue pertaining to consumption, access, labor, value & exchange. Students can expect to finish one to two pieces, however, the emphasis will be on process and experimentation. Basic sewing machine skills are helpful, but all skill levels are welcome!


  • Apparel construction
  • Pattern drafting
  • Machine sewing


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Knowledge of clothing construction, fit, and appropriate materials
  • Beginner students will likely complete a mock-up of one or two projects, while advanced students might create more polished projects



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Jessica “JG” Gatlin (she/her) is an artist and maker based in Baltimore, MD. In her interdisciplinary practice, JG uses both speculative and terrestrial approaches to pursue ways to deconstruct and dismantle the oppressive structures within a White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University and MFA from the University of Tennessee — Knoxville. She has participated in several reputable artist residencies and fellowships, including the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, PL, the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency (Saugatuck, MI) and the Artists’ Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions, A.C.R.E. (Steuben, WI). In 2019, JG served as the Hamblet Artist-in Residence at Vanderbilt University. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Maryland as Assistant Professor of Print and Extended Media.

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