Textile Art Center: Make It, Mend It
Join us for the Make It, Mend It Club every third Thursday at Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn Studio! A social gathering for makers who love to work with fiber. We'll supply needles, sewing machines, yarn, and more. Bring clothing to mend or start a new project in a welcoming space where you can bring old friends, meet new ones, and share ideas & techniques! Any donations towards materials are greatly appreciated
At the September meeting of "Make It, Mend It," patternmaking educator Louisa Owen Sonstroem will share a few pattern manipulation techniques that will empower you to create infinite new styles from a preexisting sewing pattern. After several demonstrations, attendees will be invited to experiment with these techniques, so bring along any pattern you already like, or feel free to play with one we'll have on hand. Let's celebrate the power of our hands to draw patterns in the shapes of our bodies and our dreams.
Whether drafting sewing patterns with a pencil and paper or hand-stitching "slow fashion" clothing, Louisa Owen Sonstroem believes there is little more powerful than working with one's hands, because manual skills are egalitarian, enduring, and slow. She works in technical design for sustainable fashion leader Eileen Fisher by day, and spends her evenings and weekends teaching patternmaking and hand sewing. This summer, Louisa held "Patternmaking in Public Places," a series of free patternmaking events in parks throughout all five boroughs of NYC. This project seeks to democratize access to patternmaking by removing barriers of geography, economics, age, language, and intimidation.