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Fashion Illustration Workshop Saturday 30 October 2010 10am to 4pm


Contemporary Fashion IllustrationCome along to a Fashion Illustration Workshop with Grant Cowan, illustrator of the gorgeous book “Dreaming of Dior ” by Charlotte Smith. This weekend workshop offers a fun and relaxed environment where you learn the basics of fashion drawing. He walks students through the fundamentals of creating a beautiful Fashion Illustration. In this one day workshop you learn the basics of fashion drawing. This is a 5 hour workshop with an hour for lunch to explore the areas cafe scene.

1 X 5 hour class – with an hour break for lunch

$ 125

Bring with you: 2B pencils, sharpener, rubber, A4 art quality paper and your choice of coloured pencils, paints, pastels or charcoal.


8 Week Shortcourse starts Wednesday 3 November 2010 6pm to 8pm.

Join Grant Cowan’s 8 week shortcourse where students are introduced to the fundamentals of fashion drawing, its applications in contemporary fashion and a range of rendering techniques. You will explore the proportions of a Fashion figure vs the human body and discuss the anatomy of the human body and its relation to a fashion illustration, anatomical study and observational sketching. Using “life drawing” techniques (centre line, shoulder and hip axis etc) students will draw guidelines on photographic fashion plates in preparation for creating individual fashion figures. And you will look at side view & positions of guidelines in rear view of fashion figure and stylised features of the female fashion figure, drawing a range of fashion poses and garment styles.

8 x 2 hour session

$ 400

Required Equipment: Set of 6 marker pens, 2B pencil, 0.2 & 0.04 Black Artline Pen, set of 12 Aquarelle colour pencils, rubber, sharpener, A3 bleed proof pad.

Written by Penelope Leonard

October 12th, 2010 at 6:01 am

Sydney Design 2010

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The Sewing Room is delivering workshops at Sydney Design 2010. The design festival runs for 16 days from Saturday 31 July to Sunday 15 August. The program is produced by the Powerhouse Museum in partnership with more than 50 cultural institutions, organisations and individuals across Sydney. The program looks amazing with more than 70 events.

The ‘tell us a story’ theme will reveal the many captivating stories behind design ideas, objects and processes. It will invite participants to create meaningful conversations with others around design, and enable people to connect with design on a more personal level.

The Powerhouse is holding a major exhibition called ‘Creating the look’ this exhibition draws on the highly successful partnership between photographer Bruno Benini and stylist Hazel Benini from 1950 to 2000. And explores the creative processes involved in styling, crafting and designing powerful eye-catching fashion photographs.

Don’t forget to drop into the designer markets. Young Blood: designers market showcases emerging Australian designers and designboom mart features the young, avant-garde of international design. Visitors can meet and buy direct from designers at both evening (Friday only) and daytime markets from 13-15 August.

The youngest of designers will take part in a Kids Design Weekend from 31 July-1 August. Weekend highlights include the first paper plane academy; a pop-up book workshop; a children’s storytelling museum tour; paper doll fashion design in Frock stars: inside Australian Fashion Week; and a fashion photography collage workshop linked to Creating the look: Benini and fashion photography.

The Sewing Room will be delivery “ The Felt my Tote workshop’  How to refashion a woolen knit jumper from an op-shop into a fabulous tote bag on 11am – 3pm, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August (two-day workshop) at the Powerhouse Museum.

From Vinnies to designer chic! Bring along an old woollen jumper – from an op shop or from home – and re-fashion it into a gorgeous tote bag. Using the ancient process of felting, the old jumper will be deconstructed and reborn as a brand new accessory. Let your imagination run wild as you cut, fold, sew and appliqué your tote bag, stamping it with your own personality. All you need to bring is an old woollen knit jumper or woollen garment; all other sewing equipment and materials will be supplied.

The following workshops will be in the bright and busy The Sewing Room .

Whether a beginner or an expert, these sewing workshops will inspire you to push the boundaries of your creativity. Expand your existing techniques or try something completely new at these fun and educational events. With beading, embroidery, pleating, t-shirts, fashion design and illustration on offer, there’s plenty of choice. Nimble fingers and an open mind can lead to all kinds of beautiful outcomes.

Tambour Beading:
Saturday 14 August, 10am-4pm

Fashion Design & Colour Theory:
Sunday 1 August, 11am-4pm & Friday 13 August, 10am-2.30pm

Fashion Illustration:
Saturday 31 July, 10am-4pm

Introductory Embroidery Stitches & Beading Techniques:
Saturday 7 August, 10am-4pm & Wednesday 4 August, 10am-4pm

Pleating In Fashion:
Wednesday 4 August, 10am-3pm & Sunday 8 August, 11am-4pm

Chic T-Shirt Manipulations:
Friday 6 August, 11am-4pm & Sunday 14 August, 11am-4pm
$ 150

To book, please call Penelope Leonard on 0432 688 536 or email

Grant Cowan’s Saturday 29th May Illustration Workshop

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Fashion Illustration with Grant Cowan is a wonderful experience. Grant, who has worked as a Fashion Illustrators for many years walks students through the fundamentals of creating a beautiful Fashion Illustration.
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With his brilliant eye for detail, style and understanding of what makes a beautiful drawing Grant assists students to craft their own individual drawing style in this fashion drawing class.
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This class is popular due to Grant’s exceptional way of teaching in a fun and relaxed environment.

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 29th, 2010 at 3:52 am

The Dreaming of Dior exhibition draws to a close, as does the Grant Cowan Fashion Illustration workshop.

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Dreaming of Dior Exhibition The Sewing Room

The Dreaming of Dior exhibition draws to a close as did the Grant Cowan Fashion Illustration workshop on the weekend. Grant Cowan is the illustrator of HarperCollins Book ‘Dreaming of Dior’ by Charlotte Smith. His class was an intense one day drawing workshop using the garments from the exhibition as inspiration.

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Grant’s one day workshop looks at the basic skill of producing fashion illustrations.Grant teaches his students to visually communicate the fashion figure in a simple pose and silhouettes in basic artistic media.

Grant Cowan Illustration Workshop The Sewing room

The day was divided into three parts, firstly an introduction into fashion drawing as a form of communication and brief introduction from Grant Cowan and his experience as a Fashion Illustrator. How fashion drawing is used to communicate within the fashion industry

Then students are instructed on how to develop their own female fashion figure. Grant will discuss the difference between the human body vs. fashion figure through the anatomy of the human body and its relation to a fashion illustration, anatomical study and observational sketching.

 With the final part of the day focusing on experimentation with a range of basic artistic media techniques to represent silhouette and texture with the use of tone, variation of line and shape to create a image that looks 3-D. Also simple techniques to create design details such as the texture of lace, feathers and embellishment was touched upon.

It was sad to see our first exhibition come down. But very exciting to know that there is another on it’s way with the ‘Wool in Fashion’ opening on the 9th March 2010.

You will be pleased to know Grant will be given more Illustration Classes in the future at the Sewing Room. Contact me on 9360 0585 or via email on if you would like to enrol in one of his future workshops or short course.

Written by Penelope Leonard

March 1st, 2010 at 10:00 am

Fashion Illustration workshop with Grant Cowan


Fashion Illustration workshop with Grant Cowan

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Grant Cowan illustrator of the gorgeous book “Dreaming of Dior ” by Charlotte Smith will be holding a workshop on Saturday 27th February at the Sewing Room. He will begin by talking about being an illustrator and will explain how the wonderful fashion drawings in the book came about, showing you original artwork and drawings in progress.

This weekend workshop offers a fun and relaxed environment where you learn the basics of fashion drawing. You will be provided with fashion templates to get you started on your own designing. You will also learn how to build your own templates. This workshop aims to provide an understanding of how important illustration is to the garment making process, and is a great start to building your own fashion folio.

For more information regarding classes you can email

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 5th, 2010 at 9:17 pm