Saturday, 31 May 2014

Sneak Peeks into Sew Love Sewing Lounge

 If you follow on instagram you may have already seen a few of these, but I thought I might share a bit of a taster of whats been happening around these parts of late as nearly every waking hour is spent setting up the Sew Love sewing lounge. eek only 1week to go!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sew grown up: Now hiring!

More exciting news to share, the clan and I are looking for a new recruit!
Are you confident with sewing machines, love getting crafty and sustainably so?
Head on over here for more info, we would love to have you join the team. 
Special thanks to the Artists Alliance internship programme for their support with this.
Applications close in a week on friday 31st!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Sew Lovely News Flash!!


They've warned me and named me a 'hoarder' ...the garage has been overrun with textiles, trims, threads, and sewing machines by the half doz. Though I have always had big dreams for all this collecting and collating. Finally i’ve dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s...
I can finally share with you all some fab news for Sew Love Tea Do! 
A Sew Lovely space in Auckland's CBD!
I have loved being mobile, doing market pop ups, festivals and evening community classes...and all this  doesn't have to stop... but I have been yearning for a place to make sew lovely and not have to pack up into suitcases at the end of the day... Now, much like I always read in frankie stories 'our dream lease came up and we had to grab the opportunity with gusto' !!
A space that welcomes everyone from newbees to savvy seamstresses, you can pop in and rent some time on one of our friendly sewing machines to hem up an op shopped dress, or start a new project from scratch. We will have oodles of 2nd hand fabrics and trims buttons and things for sale to upcycle your cardi or coat and there is an exciting line up of evening workshops being crafted together. Sewcial, sustainable & full of smiles :)
Its a dream come true to plan, design decorate and craft in a communal sewing lounge and there's a lot of work to be done between now and opening, exciting things like..building tables out of doors! In the meantime I want to welcome everyones ideas, requests for a class? requests for music? perhaps you have some fabric you might like to donate, or some up-cycled products you might like to sell? 
Get in touch and join the Sew Love community!
I hope this news brings some excitement, eagerness to sew, and joy to your crafty hearts!

Stay tuned…Opening in June!!

Community centre classes will still be happening with Upcycle Mairangi Bay starting Tuesday 20th May 
and Upcycle Parnell starting on Thursday 29th May. See the Workshops & Classes page.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Christchurch / History / Butterick 5139

There's no denying it, there's not much black in my wardrobe. There's not much black in my fabric stash either. So when it comes to funerals and I know there's no RULE about having to wear black but... I tend to think of the occasion as a formal chance to live up to traditions and wear black. Recently to honour my Uncle Carnes passing in Christchurch I reached for this geometric black fabric that was kindly donated to Sew Love from Vesta Clothing in Auckland, Thank you! I have a lot more on the roll too for up and coming workshops. I didn't feel like making a dress, I wanted something a bit different, and wanted to still be formal without having to whip up a 2 piece suit in 24hours. I found the vintage Butterick 5139 in my mothers stash. This has a front and a back joined at the crotch, button over shoulder straps and ties around the waist to cinch and secure. Overalls, come culottes - SO comfortable, awkward for toileting, but really fun to make. Just have to be careful of the side leg peeking out between the wrapped layers, especially if drinking tea with the choir.
Christchurch showed us destruction, but also the colours of creative re-birth. I was shown that legacies live on, even if they are in a different physical form - like the cardboard cathedral below and so the legacies for my Uncle live on, as he was a key person in designing and introducing roundabouts, intersections and other roading amazingness to NZ! I will always remember him when driving on our roads. Amongst 'the red zone' the heart of the city, there lies wild flowers that are picked up by Martine, there lies street art brightening up nearly every enormous wall, there lies containers in formations to create shopping malls for local makers. Also the installation of white chairs pictured above is representative of the 185 lives lost in the earthquakes, each individual and unique, passer by's are welcomed to sit in one and ponder, think, remember, wonder.
So as I turned to black, to a vintage history of a sewing pattern, for the space of mourning and grief, I am reminded that this doesn't need to be the case, colours can come from rock bottom and rubble as we celebrate a story, a history, a legacy. Through my work I strive to honour the past, past resources, materials, skills, values and techniques, and no doubt I will continue to wear colour and more colour.
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