Staff Spotlight: Andrea Brown

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There’s lots of talented staff here at Fabricana so we thought it would be nice to showcase a staff member from time to time. Introducing Andrea Brown. Andrea will be entering her second year of Capilano University’s Costuming for Stage & Screen Program this September. She has taken what started as a hobby and plans to turn it into a career.

1. What is your earliest sewing memory?

My earliest Memory of sewing would have to be when I was about 7 years old. I would go visit my Granny and she would sit me on her lap in front of the sewing machine. She would let me sew together small scraps of fabric. I was always so excited to sew because I wanted to be just like Granny! (Note: Andrea’s Granny was a tailor at Simpsons of Piccadilly during WW2)

2. What inspires you to sew?

My inspiration for sewing comes from all around me! From music to movies or travel, I can't escape the inspiration. Working in a fabric store has certainly been a major source of inspiration for me over the last few years. Being surrounded by fabrics and amazingly talented people every day makes it impossible to not pick up a needle and thread on a daily basis.

3. What is your favorite type of projects to sew?

Costumes!  I have always loved sewing costumes for the simple fact that you can apply so many different sewing techniques and artistic skills into one project!

4. Any advice for people who want to get into costume sewing but aren’t sure where to start?

The best advice I can offer, is the best piece of advice that was given to me: if it's what you want to do, then just do it! There was a time when I found it really hard to justify the time and money put into these costumes. Eventually, I realized that sewing costumes would never be a waste of time because I was learning so many important things from each project. Each project makes you a stronger stitcher and that is well worth the time and money spent.

To see more of Andrea’s costumes, check out her Instagram @Andieraye

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