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Portrait of a Seamstress + Seamster

There’s this thing called a color wheel and around it is a rainbow of hues that sit side by side. Each color has its own characteristic and mood. Yellow is bright and happy while red is seductive and blue is calm- ing. When primary, secondary, or tertiary colors are mixed together, new colors are created. Regardless of their personalities and the way they mix and mingle, red, yellow, blue, orange, purple, and green are all colors. The same goes for seamstresses. We all have our unique quirks, tricks, and preferences. While some of us sew quilts, others upcycle vintage garments; while some us of us are just starting out in this game, others are rookies; while some of us sew darts from dart point to seam, others sew from seam to dart point. But we’re all seamstress and we all share a passion to create a 3-D object, whether it be a bridal gown or hanging wall art, out of something that is 2-D – fabric. Interviewing a handful of sewers in the tri-state area, A Portrait of a Seamstress shows the many colors seamstresses and seamsters come in. While I may be red and you may be blue, we’re all colors on the same color wheel.

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