Lectures and Workshops

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Events Available for Future Booking

Thanks for your interest in my educational events! If you are an organization, please contact me directly for pricing and scheduling an event at: ErikaSews(at)gmail(dot)com. As of July 2022, I am only scheduling events in and around the greater Chicagoland area (approximately 100 miles from the city of Chicago).


What is a Color Wheel & How Does it Work?

Most educators teach quilters to use color focusing on color wheel harmonies. These tools have been promoted as "faultless" ways to find color combinations, a way to find "perfect" color schemes each and every time. Why is this tool so magical, how does it work, and where did it come from? Learn the answers to these questions (and more!) as you explore the origin of the modern color wheel and color harmonies with Erika Mulvenna. Participants will leave with a solid understanding of color wheels, and how color combinations can be made with color wheel harmonies.
Event Time: 45-60 minute lecture plus time for Q&A.

Trunk Show: Diary of a Color Nerd

Follow Erika's creative journey through this lecture and trunk show that includes dozens of examples of Erika's artwork over the last 30+ years. This event is a great opportunity to get to know Erika and learn about her creative process.
Event Time: 45-60 minutes plus time for Q&A
Please note, this event requires a few volunteers to help hold up quilts through the event.

The American Apron; Icon of Domesticity

Aprons are forever an icon of another time and a different way of life. Learn about the history of early 20th Century America aprons worn in the home, the fashion trends they followed, and how apron styles mirrored women's roles in society. Accompanying the lecture are over 100 vintage and antique historic aprons spanning the turn of the 20th Century through the 1960's along with other bits of apron ephemera!

Event Time: 50-60 minute lecture plus time for Q&A
Please note, this event requires extra time, equipment, and volunteers to set up displays, and time to break it all down after the event.


Building Color Confidence
Quilting is all about color! But sometimes selecting that perfect fabric palette can be the most frustrating part of the process. Learn how to build your color palette confidence in this 2-hour class through simple hands-on exercises, and how to apply color combinations to your quilting practice. Build on your own sense of color as we explore harmonious combinations, learn the science behind color interactions, and let loose with some fun color games.
Class time: 2 hours
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