A little background
My mom taught me how to sew mostly by osmosis. I remember getting my first sewing kit for Christmas as a little kid and the thrill of the special box filled with little things that each had a job. I wasn’t ready to start sewing then but I knew it was there for me. I watched my mom make clothes and things for our home. When I was ready to learn to use a sewing machine it was the same one that my mom made my baby clothes on. These days I wear an almost entirely me-made wardrobe. Sewing has become my yoga, my moment of zen.
I am a maker, in my career and in my personal life. As a furniture maker I loved the physical requirements of making, the rules and rigors of making something that supports, functions and lasts for years. As a fabric engineer I thrill at the chance to bring great design to folks in big cities and small; the power to be a force for good in an industry ripe with need to change the way we've been making and buying goods for decades. As an educator I thrive when giving others the great gifts that teachers have given me: how to think, how to see, how to make. In college I remember someone telling me that in college you learn less about how to do and more about how to think. I was so offended! That exchange and the truth of the statement have stuck with me, though. It is my great joy to help others through the struggle of learning; I love being there when I help a student get it that first time, when they learn to push past the first ideas, the first mistakes and see what can happen if they let go.
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