Threading the Needle: Brooklyn Creatives Find a Home
This week’s Brooklyn Business Owners Spotlight Series features Brooklyn Sewing Academy, a collaborative space for projects big and small.
Creativity is finding a home in Dumbo in the form of Brooklyn Sewing Academy, an educational and creative center for sewing, fashion, costume and adjacent industries. From ages nine and up, Brooklyn Sewing Academy welcomes you into its doors to find inspiration and motivation to breathe life into even the smallest projects.
After being fired from previous teaching jobs, Amy Verrier and Timothy Westbrook found themselves creatively liberated and empowered to make a change. Westbrook, among other things, had worked in the bridal industry as a gown sales consultant and stitcher for the Milwaukee Ballet, while Verrier had a freelance sample and pattern making company. They say combining their talents and resources was “really a no-brainer.”
They offer private instruction in their studio as well as “house calls” to schools, businesses, and private residences. Workshops span from pattern making and basic sewing to wedding gowns and special effects make-up instruction. Just like their students, Verrier and Westbrook are all for taking on new projects every day, saying they are interested in bringing in any type of education that is related. “One of our students was interested in creating a prosthetic third eye for a cosplay costume and we brought in a professional special effects makeup artist to teach him how to achieve his goal.”
As the school continues to grow, both Verrier and Westbrook are interested in the school’s future philanthropic capabilities. Timothy hoping to connect with the LBBTQIAP communities and build influence in environmental sustainability, while Amy hopes the school’s creative atmosphere can expand into women’s’ groups and working with animal shelters.
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