Growing up in London it was inevitable that art, fashion and culture would have a big impact on my life. I spent my childhood, and reams of paper, doodling fashion drawings and, as my mother proudly reminded me, I made my first dress on her sewing machine at the age of nine. I have been happily making ever since, creating individual clothes and textiles, each piece having it's own bit of theatre.
I studied a BA Fashion and Textiles degree at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design and was already supplying my own womenswear label to independent stores before graduating. Since then I have designed womenswear for many of the big names on the high-street before having my first child, followed by my own childrenswear label.
In 2012 I launched FASHIONSKOOL as an after-school sewing club at Highgate Primary School where enthusiastic groups of fashionistas learnt to use a sewing machine and up-cycle their own clothing. Encouraged by the demand for learning sewing and textile skills I expanded FASHIONSKOOL by introducing fashion-inspired workshops for children and teenagers during the holidays from my own home work-space where I would provide my own exclusive patterns and step-by-step tutoring in small groups. As my students progressed so did their skills and I introduced regular sewing classes for children and dressmaking classes for teens. Before long their parents were also asking me to teach them the same skills and I added adult dressmaking and pattern cutting classes to the list otherwise known as 'Friday sewing therapy!'
I love my job running FASHIONSKOOL and honestly believe there is no pleasure greater than creating and nothing more fulfilling than inspiring creativity in others.
© 2015 SUE BROWNE