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Fashionista Clothing Design Safari
Imagine a professional clothing designer assisting you in creating your own stylish, yet comfortable wardrobe. Our Fashion Design Safari includes personal fashion consultation, wardrobe building and design concepts, pattern modification, fabric selection, and hands-on sewing instruction.

Many women fear they'd be hauled away by the fashion police if they dared wear something homemade. Yet Bev Sanders, founder of Manifesta Corporation, and designer Loes Hinse, have teamed up to offer women a chance to design and create clothing that is unique, personal, and dazzling. In less than a week, women at any level of experience will produce an outfit uniquely suited to their attributes and lifestyle.

The popular television show Project Runway, demonstrates a high-pressure pace of fashion design. Now imagine the excitement of fashion design, without the pressure, competition and judgment. Add in new friends, strolls on the beach, shopping and still have time for Chardonnay breaks.

About your Instructor:
Loes Hinse is a clothing designer, owner of the Loes Hinse clothing and accessory boutique in Carmel-by-the-Sea where she also sells her patterns and favorite fabrics. A native of the Netherlands, Loes studied fashion design in Europe where she honed her cosmopolitan sense of style and vast knowledge of fabrics and process. She then applied her skill to the ready-to-wear market as is apparent in her timeless, but modern designs. Loes explains "It's about allowing yourself the freedom and confidence to create. Visualize an outfit with soft, feminine shapes and simple lines that are easy to mix and match with fabrics that are unique and beautiful. Then give yourself permission to make it."

About the Fashionista Workshop:
The workshop begins with a personal fashion consultation, where you'll get honest expert advice on what to wear, what not to wear and wardrobe building concepts. Loes will advise you on what styles, shapes and colors you should be wearing based on your body type, coloring, lifestyle and personality.
Next you'll chose a pattern from Loes' own easy to make designs and you'll learn how to modify and personalize your pattern. You'll choose fabric that expresses your style from Loes' wide assortment. An allowance for patterns and fabric are included. The construction phase will begin demonstrations on cutting, sewing and finishing (a serger or overlock machine finishes and trims raw edges all at once for a professional look). You'll be coached through the construction of your garment all the way through to the end and Loes will reveal techniques and shortcuts that are used throughout the fashion industry. You'll have time to make at least one outfit, more if you are already a skilled seamstress. For the finale, the new designers will show off their special creations at the Fashionista runway show amid camera flashes and applause of classmates.

Do I need to know how to sew?
No. Some sewing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Loes teaches the easiest most efficient way to make clothing.

Fashionista Safaris include:
* Airport transfers from Monterey Peninsula Airport
* Welcome reception, orientation, and dinner
* Five nights accommodations in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea
* Daily breakfast
* Personal fashion consultation, including Loes' honest and expert advice on what to wear, and what not to wear.
* Four days of hands-on design and sewing instruction in the Artista studio, our professional art workshop complete with service staff
* Fabric shopping trip and $100 allowance for fabric and patterns. (see Fabric & Patterns notes below)
* Wine, beverages, and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the day
* Use of professional sewing machine, sergers and tools
* Individual coaching and reviews with your instructor
* A one hour massage scheduled during your stay
* Daily afternoon yoga
* Gourmet picnic on the beach
* Our own private fashion show, reception and dinner party
* Available at an additional cost; ocean kayaking, Monterey Bay Aquarium tour, spa treatments, additional massage and transfers from other airports.

~ With the exception of orientation, activities at Artista are not mandatory. Join at your own pace.

Fabric & Patterns:
Loes' patterns are very simple and classic for a casual elegant look. It's the fabric that gives the clothing its style, so Loes offers a wide assortment of fabrics ranging from basic black, to rich textured chenilles. A $100 fabric and pattern allowance is included with your safari. Any fabric needed beyond the allowance can be purchased from Loes directly.

Contact us if you would like to be notified of the Fashionista Schedule

Five Night Fashionista Safari Rates
Visionary Rates, Receive a $200 discount if you book 90 days in advance

Shared Room Accommodation
(only for pairs of friends booking together, rates are per person)
Casual with two twin beds ~ $1,950/ Visionary $1,750
Premium with two twin beds ~ $2,175/Visionary $1,975
Premium with two double beds ~ $2,195/Visionary $1,995

Private Room Accommodation
Casual with queen bed ~ $2,325/Visionary $2,125
Small Premium with queen bed ~ $2,450/Visionary $2,250
Premium with queen bed ~ $2,995/Visionary $2,795
Premium with queen bed & view ~ $3,350/Visionary $3,150

Prices listed are per person and are subject to change, however, your price will not change after it is booked and paid. Currently, we do not offer travel insurance directly, but call or email us for suggestions.

Premium Accommodation

The Cypress Inn, "Carmel's Landmark Hotel since 1929", is complete with courtyard, tapas restaurant, and full-service bar serving afternoon tea daily. Owned by Doris Day and Dennis LeVett, the Cypress Inn is also famous among pet owners ~ dogs and cats are welcome in many areas of the hotel. Pet-free accommodations are ahaellso available.

Casual Accommodation

Artista offers clean and cozy accommodations in the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, within walking distance of Ocean Avenue, restaurants, shopping, the beach, and the Artista Studio.To Join a Safari
* All safaris are open to single travelers and small groups of all experience levels. Most guests are beginners or returnees to painting.
* Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Guests must be at least 14 to join the safari, but there is no maximum age limit. Mothers, daughters, and families are welcome.
* All guests must read and agree to the terms of Artista's Release of Liability and Assumption of All Risks form prior to registering for a safari or booking travel arrangements. The Release of Liability form is included with the Registration Form via download from our website, or we will gladly fax, mail or email a copy to you.

Please confirm safari availability before completing your registration. Call 831-625-5748 or click here for safari availability. Reservations requires payment in full if made less than 45 days in advance. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, personal or business check or money order. We can 'hold' reservations without payment for 24-hours, per your request. Reservations may be made over the phone, reservation forms can be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to you.


Artista Creative Safaris for Women
Box 4669
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921

phone: 831-625-5748
fax: 831-625-4267


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