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Cut Loose

Unwind. Create. Connect.

Cut Loose offers a laid-back collage workshop perfect for both beginners and experienced artists. The classes are designed to foster a fun, stress-free environment where you can try new things, let go of the pursuit of perfection, and enjoy connecting with fellow creators. I also provide guidance through my design exercises, helping participants explore new techniques and challenge unhelpful inner narratives as they embark on creative experiments.

Cut Loose is ideal for:

  • Individuals seeking to learn a new skill, explore a fresh art medium, or de-stress;
  • Organizations seeking wellness-related retreats for team building or stress management;
  • Higher education institutions focusing on student life, engagement, and well-being;
  • Elder care facilities looking for art and wellness activities;
  • After-school programs aiming to foster creativity and connection;
  • Conference planners seeking breakout stress-relieving sessions for attendees;
  • Public and school libraries looking to provide fun and educational events to bring students, faculty, staff, and community members together, promoting well-being through interactive activities.

Below is the current workshop schedule. Interested in a Cut Loose workshop for your team or group of friends? Reach out here.



Cut Loose Collage Workshops Schedule

March 2024

Saturday, March 9, 10am to 2pm
Mission: Possible!
Hosted by Meetinghouse Architecture in Florence, MA

This feel-good design challenge is ideal for co-workers and small teams! The fun, fast-paced workshop will test your group problem-solving chops and build your individual grace-under-pressure muscles.

$60 per person includes materials and refreshments.

Limited to 12 people. Register here.


Thursday, March 14, 7pm to 9pm
Sip & Clip at Tip Top Wine Shop
Hosted by Tip Top Wine Shop in Easthampton, MA
Pop the cork and unleash your creativity at the Cut Loose: Sip & Clip collage workshop at Tip Top Wine Shop in Easthampton! Dive into a treasure trove of vintage foodie magazines and other fancy ephemera to piece together your very own collage art. Come let loose, enjoy some fine wine, and unleash your inner artist. All skill levels welcome.

Only $30! All materials and wine samples included.

Limited to 10 people! The February class sold out in a flash! Save your seat today!


SOLD OUT! Saturday, March 30, 10am to 2pm
Collage Journaling
Hosted by Antler Editions in Easthampton, MA

Explore the art of building and binding your very own journal, and embark on a journey of self-expression through collage—using the journals you make and an array of vintage and repurposed materials!

The workshop offers a unique platform to learn new creative skills and build self-care habits. No bookbinding experience needed; students need the ability to thread and handle a needle.

$95 per person includes materials and snacks/refreshments.

Workshop is limited to 8 people. Register here.


April 2024

Saturday, April 6 from 1pm to 4pm
Cut Loose: Creative Thinking through Collage
Hosted by Out Professionals
Event location: COMPASS Real Estate
2150 Broadway Second Floor New York, NY 10023

Cut Loose comes to NYC! I’m partnering with Out Professionals to offer a very special workshop that will explore collage not just as a creative outlet, but as a powerful tool for personal growth, stress management, and enhancing self-awareness. Learn more and register here.


Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 2pm
Beefcake Poster Collage Workshop
Hosted by Meetinghouse Architecture in Florence, MA

Flex your creative muscles at Cut Loose: Beefcake! Make your own collage posters using images from midcentury muscle magazines. I’ll bring art prints from my Beefcake series for inspiration. Pump up your self-care game—relax, have a laugh, and make some mega campy art in an exquisite setting, Meetinghouse Architecture. All skill levels welcome.

$60 per person, includes materials and light refreshments. Space is limited to 12 people. Learn more and register here.


Thursday, April 18 from 6pm to 9pm
Bon Voyage Postcard Collage Workshop
Hosted by Assemble Made and Curated, Northampton, MA

Travel back in time through collage art in Bon Voyage, a Cut Loose Collage Workshop! You’ll explore the art of collage making using an eclectic mix of vintage postcards, retro ephemera, and other exotic materials. Come relax and let your imagination take flight! All skill levels welcome.

$60 per person, materials and light refreshments included

Space limited to 8 people. Learn more and register here.


May 2024

Saturday, May 11 from 10am to 1pm
Zine-Making Collage Workshop
Hosted by Antler Editions in Easthampton, MA

Attention DIY crafters and ‘zinesters! Lisa Hersey of Antler Editions and Michael Sjostedt from Cut Loose Collage Workshops are teaming up to teach a Zine-Making class! Discover how to craft your own one sheet fold-up zines and express yourself with collage, utilizing the zines you create alongside a selection of vintage and repurposed materials! FYI: the zine structure can easily be reproduced at home or your local print shop using regular letter-sized paper. Take what you learn in the workshop and run with it!

The workshop offers a unique platform to learn new creative skills, express yourself, and build self-care habits. No prior zine-making experience needed.

$75 per person includes materials and snacks/refreshments.

Workshop is limited to 12 people. Learn more and register here.


Saturday, May 18 from 10am to 2pm
Thrift Store Art Collage Makeover
Hosted by Meetinghouse Architecture, Florence, MA

Upcyclers, this workshop is for YOU! Transform castaway thrift store art into your own mixed media masterpiece! You’ll collage on top of found vintage paintings and posters using a wide range of ephemera, creating a new story and vibe all your own. Everyone will have a chance to rework several thrift store art finds. We’ll even have a makeshift “art open” at the end of the workshop!$75 per person, includes materials and refreshments. Space is limited to 8 people. Learn more and register here.


August 2024

August 21 to 25
Cut Loose: Self-Discovery through Collage
Snow Farm The New England Craft Program
Registration opens on January 11, 2024

Dive into the transformative world of collage and embark on a journey of self-discovery. Michael’s method, known as Cut Loose, is based on simple tools and materials and embraces the power of play and experimentation. Using scissors, glue, and paper, collage becomes a mirror to the inner world, piecing together fragments of self. Challenge the confines of perfectionism, reconnect with your intuition, and confront narratives that might be holding you back. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a novice, discover the beauty of creation and introspection. All levels welcome.


Cancellation/Refund Policy for Cut Loose Collage Workshops

If you register for a workshop and later find that you are unable to attend, I will offer a credit for your registration amount to use toward a future Cut Loose Collage Workshop of equal value. To be eligible for this credit, please notify me at least 48 hours before the workshop by emailing msjost@gmail.com. This credit is not redeemable for cash and cannot be applied to merchandise purchases. Credits or rescheduling requests cannot be honored with less than 48 hours advance notice.

In case of a workshop cancellation or rescheduling due to inclement weather, increases in local Covid cases, changes to local Covid guidance, or other unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a credit for a future workshop.

Please note that a lot of preparation goes into each workshop, including ordering supplies and refreshments. These arrangements are based on the number of registered students. Last-minute cancellations or rescheduling requests result in financial losses, and as a small business, I cannot absorb these costs while keeping class prices affordable.

To ensure fairness and consistency for all participants, I am unable to make exceptions to this cancellation policy, regardless of the reason. This includes circumstances such as illness, travel conflicts, or work commitments. If you find yourself unable to attend a workshop due to these or any other reasons, you are welcome to transfer your spot to a friend.

Thank you for your understanding!


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