Welcome to your Happy Place!
My name is Anja Seehrich-Caldwell. I grew up in Germany, where I got introduced to the wonderful world of handwork in elementary school.
My maternal grandfather was gentlemen's tailor and owned a clothing store in Northern Germany, my paternal grandmother was a master seamstress.
I came to the US in 1990 as a Fulbright Student and again to stay in 1997, for love.
After a career as an architect with a focus on sustainability and green (school) building, I opened my first studio in Potomac in 2016. It was a 50th birthday present to myself, and a bit of a reward for sticking it out as a working mom in a technical and still very male domain for so long.
Today, after so many years of making and designing, I dare call myself a fiber artist with lots of passion and patience for teaching.
In my studio we mix hygge and friendship with the traditional handwork techniques of knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, felting, weaving ... - and much more.
I fear that these fiber techniques and skills, still mastered by the older generation, are at the verge of going extinct. I have set out to change that!
Glue and glitter are not allowed in this studio, even considered bad words.
Therefore, I offer classes in various fiber techniques for children and adults, at all skill levels. I love myself a virgin beginner and I like to combine old techniques with fresh design ideas - often.
Myself and carefully curated guest instructors are experienced in fiber arts techniques of all kinds - most of us have been crafting and creating since childhood. We are eager to share our passion - and pass on our extensive knowledge and skills to you. We want to get you hooked, literally.
And if you already know what you are doing, please stop by and share. We would love to learn from you. FiberArt.Studio is your escape too - we are all about mindfulness and conviviality in here.
And if you don't quite know what you want to make yet, I can help you with that too. We have an extensive library of pattern books and magazines on hand.
Whatever fiber art you want to explore - come on in!
I can hardly wait to meet you, and see what we can create together.
Anja S. Caldwell
(aka "Miss Fiber Arts Lady")
Read an article about the studio by Danielle S. Tepper for Potomac Lifestyle Magazine - February 2018 here