An interview with our ambassador Monica
Welcome to our Ambassador Feature, where we introduce you all to our passionate and creative ambassadors and feature their amazing makes of makerist patterns! This week we would like to introduce you to Monica of thatssewmonicaWe spoke about her sewing journey , her workspace, and what gets her out of a creative slump!
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Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
"Hi, I’m Monica and I have been sewing for 7 years. I love sketching, styling and designing. 3 fun facts about myself: 1. I wanted to be a wrestler when I was a child and my name would have been little bullet! 2. I love sewing long flowy dresses. 3.I love mixing all types of prints. "
What inspired you to start sewing?
"I started sewing to connect to my late mother. On the 10-year anniversary of her passing I felt a need and longing to connect with her a bit more. She learned to sew in Ghana, West Africa and as I child she made many of my dresses school uniforms and clothing for friends and families. I watched her sew and enjoyed cutting her patterns. Many in my family sew from aunts to even my uncles. "
Why is sewing so important to you?
"Sewing is so important to me because each time I sew I feel closer to my mom. I love seeing my makes come together and also expressing my fashion style aesthetic. Due to my love for sewing 5 years ago I started an in person sewing meetup called Project Sew where we meet in person and sew all day long. I also formed SewYourView an online sewing platform where many at home sewers gather and sew the selected patterns. It is also through this love of sewing that I along with 3 other sewers started Sewrority Wear, LLC a sewing paraphernalia providing sewing related novelties."Shop The Katia skirt
Do you have your own studio? Tell us about your workspace!
"I have a sewing room which I do call my studio. It is actually a guest room in the house that I converted to my makers space. Tell us about your workspace? It’s a 10x10 room that I have outfitted with display cases for my fabric as well a long table for my machine, serger and office area. I have a table for my workspace and an area for my other crafts. My room is open and well lit with white light. I often move the table around for filming and when I am crafting. "
What are your other passions? Or passion projects?
"I have tons of passions besides sewing. I love painting, crafting and DIY. I also enjoy planning events for the community. These events are centred with my love and passion for sewing. From taking pictures together as a group, fabric shopping trips to in person meetups. Or passion projects? However, outside of sewing I enjoy philanthropy and working with community organizations and groups. As a maker I saw the need to form Black Makers Matter, A coalition of black makers united to bring about and implement cultural transformation in the sewing and crafting industry. My passion is sewing and working to bring the love that we share of sewing to everyone."
When you are experiencing a creative block how do you get back into the spirit?
"I don’t typically have blocks as my mind is always thinking of new things. However, my inspiration to do them sometimes stops as I have busy schedule or just don’t have the energy at times. There have been many times that I have lost my sewjo. I try to get it back by doing small projects and easy sew. Surfing Pinterest for inspiration will get me back in the mood. "
What does being a Makerist Ambassador mean to you?
"Makerist is a wonderful community. I love the creative platforms and opportunities if offers pattern makers. Being an ambassador means that I will be able to share more about the Makerist community to my community. I look forward to highlighting this great platform that helps other makers through their love of sewing, design and pattern making. "
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