A few weeks ago we held a two-day photoshoot focused on a dream I’ve had for over a year – to celebrate the sewing community and encourage involvement in person and online.
Since then so much has changed. Like in many countries we are becoming more physically isolated as we try and slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those at risk, and probably will be for many months. But though we may be physically distant this is not the time to pull away from our communities. More than ever we need to be connected and involved in our communities. We need to be showing care and consideration for each other.
I love the sewing community. This special corner of the world is so full of love and encouragement and mutual respect. The sewing community changed the course of my life has personally brought me so much joy and fulfilment and introduced me to so many dear friends. Where would I be without all of you?
So today, though we may not gather in the ways that we used to, I give you my celebration of community and my call to engage more than ever with each other online, through social media, video chats, messages, packages dropped at doors and random deliveries – anyway we can.
Let’s build each other up! Let’s shout for encouragement and love from our rooftops! I’ve seen so many hashtags on social media shared to encourage sewing community connection on Instagram – jump on board and do it! Reach out and make new friends! Let’s make awesome things and show each other!
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing more images from our special community project, as well as sharing some profiles on these amazing ladies from my local sewing community.
This project has a very special place in our hearts and I hope you enjoy this community series as much as we have enjoyed creating it!!
I want to say a huge thank you to our muses for this project: Alice (@alicemakes), April (@aprilmade__) , Bree ( @bree_bree_obree ), Deepti ( @deeptisewsforsanity), Eleanor ( @shesewsalot), Hilda (@sew.h_factor), Julia (@Julia_sewing), Sophie (@sophie.sews), Roz (@lastsewnsurvivor) and Sue (@suestoney).
Also to our wonderful photographer Bronnie Joel and our makeup artist Courtney of TxC Collective and the amazing local businesses that opened their doors to us and are featured in these images Debra Hayes floral, Stomp Coffee, Subiaco Books and Angove st Collective.