Teachers at Sew In Brighton
Sew in Brighton owner and teacher Kat Neeser (above) has 25 years experience of design, sewing and pattern cutting. She ran her own fashion label, Wit & Wisdom - including a clothing production unit, retail shop and international wholesale business - in London for 9 years. She has been teaching sewing and pattern cutting in Brighton since 2008 and runs sewing school 'Sew In Brighton' from The Sewing Lounge in Hove, East Sussex.
Jac Oliver (above) Jac has been a 'crafty' all her life, working in metal, ceramics and textiles. She makes a variety of hand crafted items to commission including fancydress outfits. Her current work includes bespoke handbags for a local designer and regular production for a selection of Brighton businesses. She has taught sewing workshops with Kat since 2009. Some of her creations can be viewed at www.craftyjac.com
Richard Clark-Monks graduated from Middlesex University in 2002 with a BA Fashion Hons. He started his own small label r.c-m. and now creates one-off pieces to commission. He specialises in pattern cutting and digital printing.Pic to follow!
Laura Cole (below) taught Textiles at Varndean School in Brighton for 10 years and recently resigned from that job to become a self-employed bag maker again. Her current work can be viewed at lauraoneoff.wix.com/brightonbags She has also worked for the Brighton Pavilion restoring Queen Victoria's bed and drapes and made costumes for film and stage.
Scarlett Lowin (below) began sewing professionally in 2006 specialising in bespoke costume design for cirque and performance artists. Her faerie tailored creations can also be found in some of Brighton's festival chiq boutiques. After five years working with textiles at Fabricland she launched her own label "Scarletti" in September 2011 and has boundless enthusiasm for all thing creative and crafty.
Deborah Smethurst (below) has been sewing for more than thirty years and started out with a small Elna machine that did the most fantastic buttonholes. She ran her first business initiative by making children's clothing which were marketed to a local play centre. Besides being roped in to do all the alterations for the family, she has run her own business designing and making wedding dresses. She has a weakness for accumulating different kinds of sewing machines which have features that make sewing life a lot easier, but still maintains that the best tool for sewing is an iron.