School is winding down, sports practice and games are almost over. How about a break from the heat one week in the summer and have fun learning a very practical skill?
If someone would have exposed me to what I have only discovered in mid-life, I would have had a rewarding career where I had a natural ability to do but never knew. Why? because we are NOT exposed to so many things in school. Yes, we learn very important information and I can go on about the value of education. I went to college, earned my B.A. in Social Sciences. But I left without knowing what I was innately good at, not necessarily what I was interested in. We can be interested in many things but not be skilled, talented or even desire to work in certain professions or industries we like. I love watching detective shows, but I don’t want to work as a detective. I love spy movies. Nope, do not want to work for the CIA. And I was never interested in fashion or fashion design. Yet I LOVE constructing, pattern-making (drafting with rulers and compasses) and sewing! Yeah, I know, its weird. Or is it? Who knows? I could have been working behind the scenes with the artisans of Chanel, Versace, or Christian Dior. Again, it is not about the fashion. I just enjoy the process of creating something new from a string or a bead.
But I digress. The point is that if you are not exposed to everything, how do you know what you are good at doing? Where do your hidden talents lie?
It is unfortunate these days that kids loose a lot of self-esteem if they are not good in a certain subject at school or academics in general. Maybe the interest of learning has been zapped because they can’t see the application that some of what they are learning can be used in life outside of school. So here is a challenge. TRY IT. Its only 3 hrs a day for 4 days. I haven’t known anyone who doesn’t walk away feeling good about something they made by themselves.
I have added 2 themes for a summer workshop – Jeans: Re-fashion/re-purpose. And the other one I am really excited about is Workshop 2 – Intro to Couture Sewing! If you haven’t already gotten a hint of what couture sewing is, here is the definition from the dictionary: the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements. See also haute couture. The term is french and essentially means sewing or dressmaking. However, now its about nice, fine, tailored clothing. If you do a YouTube search for ” Inside Haute Couture” you will find a fascinating world of artisans behind the scenes.
Sew… this is what we will be doing and I hope to see you in my class:
Teen Workshop – option 2 – Intro into Couture Sewing
In this workshop students will be learning all the same techniques as option 1 except that instead of using a set pattern they will be creating their own pattern according to their personal measurements (which we will do in class) for a circle skirt and half circle skirt according to the techniques from top European Fashion designers.
The option 2 workshop is part of what I have been taught. And it is a steal learning it from me. My mentor, Ella Pritsker charges $595 for the same amount of time I will be spending with you teens! And if my tidbits aren’t enough, about 2 hours north of St. Mary’s County is The Maryland Center of Fashion Design (link below) where you can attend more classes. Ella is a high end fashion designer who makes evening gowns and wedding dresses for prominent people in Baltimore. Here is her bio. – http://ellapritsker.com/about/