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Taunton Workshops Faculty

Matt Kenney

Matt Kenney has been making things from wood his entire life and began making furniture as a newly-married graduate student. Joe Mazurek, a generous professional furniture maker in Camden, South Carolina, taught him to cut dovetails, make doors, and hammer veneer. For the last six years, Matt has been an editor at Fine Woodworking. During this time he also has begun to repay the generosity he received as a new woodworker by helping other woodworkers to improve their skills. He has made several instructional videos, taught numerous classes at woodworking schools, and conducted private instruction.

Susan Khalje

Susan Khalje, a contributing editor to Threads Magazine, was recently honored with the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals’ Lifetime Achievement Award. She received her professional sewing training at the New York couture salon, Chez Cez et Bez, and later worked as a fashion designer and manufacturing supervisor on Seventh Avenue. An exceptional and sought-after teacher, Susan established The Couture Sewing School in 1993, and she teaches couture sewing techniques throughout the country. She teaches often in San Francisco, where she is on the faculty of The Sewing Workshop and Apparel Arts. Her professional contacts extend to Paris, where annually she takes groups of students for an insider’s look at the couture arts.

Kenneth D. King

Kenneth D. King is a contributing editor at Threads magazine, a couture fashion designer, author, and popular professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  He specializes in custom evening wear and his designs appear in the permanent collections of leading museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, renowned for its art and design collections.