I learned some new things this month.
I took a two-part class in the Design Center here at The Scrap Exchange on altering clothes taught by Christine Ramsey. I’ve been sewing for more than twenty years, but I’ve had very little formal training — a few long-ago lessons from my mother, my grandmother, and my friend and fashion designer Francis Romero, but mostly I’ve been figuring it out as I go along.
Christine is an excellent and forgiving teacher. She showed us how to look at fabric, follow a pattern, cut on the bias, hem, put in a zipper (my favorite!), change a neckline, and put in some darts.
Both of the classes were amazing and I’ve been sewing like crazy ever since.
The main new things I learned were sewing skills, but the other important thing she talked about is the concept of your brain on CRAFT. Apparently when you are crafting/making/creating, the part of your brain that worries is occupied with creative thoughts and actions, so you can’t worry. What a great piece of knowledge to have in your stress-relief toolbox! Don’t worry, be creative!
I will also add that you can relieve stress by being social and experiencing some art!
This month in the Green Gallery you can listen to and interact with the art in our first ever Remix Redux. The exhibit features a chance to visit different interactive stations, play homemade mix tapes and other music, and see how retro equipment works.
The show opens this Third Friday, July 19, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Come on out and learn how the world has been “reusing, replaying, remixing, and reinventing” electronic media throughout history.
It should be a great show.
In other news, we’re getting ready for The Scrap Exchange’s first ever Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp. Do you want to start a program like ours in your community? From Tuesday, August 13 through Friday, August 16, we’ll be offering a concentrated introduction to operating a creative reuse center, with tours, meetings, and seminars that will cover the whole range of what we do and how it works. You can get complete details on our website: www.scrapexchange.org/special-events/boot-camp/. There are still a few spots available, so let us know if you want to participate.
And on a final note, I’d like to offer a great big thank you to Orla Swift, Marketing and Communications Director at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens — and swing dancer and yoga instructor extraordinaire — who recently stepped down from the Scrap Exchange Board of Directors after four years of tremendous service. Orla has promised to teach a “Yoga for Crafters” class here someday, so we know we’ll see her around. Thank you, Orla, for all of your work and support over the years … we are truly grateful!
Many thanks to everyone,
Ann May Woodward
The Scrap Exchange