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Jennifer Michael is dynamic. Funny. Passionate. Determined. And busy! She is the founder of CraftyStitches.com and is on a mission to remind and teach women and young girls that sewing is every bit a part of the STEM movement as anything else. In fact, she was just invited to the White House (yes, THAT White House) as a representative of Etsy (yes, THAT Esty!) to talk about it. Her products are beautiful and so is her vision. Hang on as you listen in! Now where is my sewing machine....
Meet Kim Newell of Kim's Uphostery Shop , Judith Ellis of JCE Sews 4U and Terese Bennett of Cozy Cottage Slipcovers.com, whom all own their own sewing businesses.
Let's find out how they started their businesses, and why they started making slipcovers for furniture. Each will be teaching at the Slipcover Summit in Hickory, NC June 26 -29, 2012.
Repurposing ideas are like little gems falling from the sky, and we're talking with two creative experts on this episode.
We are sharing repurposing ideas for both the newbie repurposer and the experienced. And on this episode, we put two repurposing experts -- Anitra Mecadon and Tara Dara -- to our unconventional repurposing ideas test.
Pop quiz: What could you make out of these?
Pool cue and billiard balls
Charcoal barbeque lid
(Tweet us your answer for a chance to win $25 gift card)
Anitra Mecadon, the bubbly and fiercely fun host and designer from DIY Network's 'Mega Dens' is sharing repurposing ideas for everything from old doors to fishing rods. She's contributed to HGTV’s All American Handyman, HGTV’s Behind the Build Dream House, HGTV’s Behind the Build Smart Home, HGTV’s Raise the Roof College Challenge and more. Whether she’s dangling from a scaffold or breaking down a concrete wall, Anitra’s rock ‘n’ roll approach gives her an edge not usually found in most designers.
Tara Dara makes magic out of discarded objects she finds on walks through her neighborhood, and is crazy-good at sewing. She also studied faux finishing and mural painting, raku pottery, photography, and even Play Doh. Tara shaved her head for St Baldricks Day 2014 to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research. She's shared her expertise with The Rachael Ray show, sewing ideos for PBS, various DVDs, online sewing videos, and as one of Bob Vila’s Bloggers.
As a unique 16 year old, Imani Johnson can be found using her creative mind through writing, and designing clothes. Currently, she is enrolled in design class, studying sewing and drawing techniques. Imani enjoys going to church, traveling, spending time with my family and friends, shopping, and social networking especially on Pinterest. After successfully graduating high school, Miss. Johnson plans to invest in her future by attending college to receive a degree in communications and business management and to study law. As a lover of public speaking, an enthusiast for diversity, and a lover for social justice, Imani would like to work and serve as a political figure, to bring together different ethnicities, and to create a brighter future for our world.
Imani believes that her ability to persuade can build a nation. After successfully completing her studies, she plans to continue learning more about designing within the fashion industry, and use her entrepreneurship skills and open her own fashion company. Imani is known to her friends as Sparkle, for her personality, and admiration of anything that sparkles. She describes herself as blessed, intelligent, creative, and fashionable. Imani’s ultimate goal in life is to use her voice to speak for those, who cannot speak for themselves.
She is an enthusiast for diversity, and she hopes to continue to learn more about other people, and other cultures through travel. Through her years, she wishes to carry on all that she does to empower and create a brighter future through today’s youth. Imani Johnson is the current Miss Georgia Teen affiliated under the America's US Miss Pageant Organization. - A girl with dreams.
"RIta Ross, a Kansas City native turned Los Angeles doll artisan is the creator of PocketPeople.
What began as a home spun sewing project for a local children's hospital has organically grown into a loving, collectible doll brand.
RIta has hand sewn thousands of PocketPeople dolls herself and has now brought her designs into small batches of production. The dolls have found homes in the hands and hearts of collectors all over the world and most delightfully have spent time on the shelves of the infamous FAO Schwarz in New York City. It's a dream come to life and Rita and the PocketPeople are here to connect the world with Love, Peace and Empathy though the magic of these little fabric beings.
Monique Barbell: education: BS in Political Science and BA in communications
Married with 3 children age 14, 8 and 6
Originally from Florida, been in LA for 5 years
I own and run Superior Estate Location & Luxuries based in LA but activate business worldwide.
I was given the opportunity from a close friend and mentor to start my own business and assist her with her properties for shooting locations and industry related events. I incorporated High end Art and Jewelry into the mix, which was also an opportunity given by another close friend.
I am a christian and believe we all have excellence in us.
Teondra Bannerman: Sensual Persuasion was founded in 2012 by Teondra Bannerman, a college senior and single parent from Rose Hill, NC. Sensual Persuasion evolved into a mobile boutique in February of 2014.
Sensual Persuasion the Mobile Boutique has gained recognition for its unique pieces & friendly atmosphere. The mobile boutique was nominated for the Cape Fear Fashion Awards Accessories Boutique of the Year award in 2014. Teondra has been featured on numerous podcasts and interviews featuring fashion topics and boutique development.
Listen 24/7 anytime after May 21, 2015 to Michele Cuppy, President/CFO & Co-Founder of Sew Much Comfort. Sew Much Comfort began as an act of kindness for a wounded service member who had to receive his purple heart in a hospital gown because there was no clothing available to accommodate his fixator. Sew Much Comfort provides FREE adaptive (velcro closures) clothing to support the unique needs of our Veterans from all branches of the Military and National Guard.
More details at: http://thankyouforyourservice.us/issue/may-2015/article/listen-to-michele-cuppy-president-cfo-co-founder-of-sew-much-comfort
This installment of The Forbidden Fruit will discuss the world problem of single use plastics with Bag Monster Andy Keller.
In 2004, Andy Keller, now ChicoBag president, took a trip to his local landfill after spending the day landscaping his backyard. He was horrified by what he saw. Single-use bags were visually the dominant article at the landfill that day, blanketing the landscape in a thin mix of white and beige plastic. On his way home he began to notice plastic bags everywhere, caught in trees and on fence posts, half drowned in gutter puddles and blowing in the streets like urban tumbleweeds.
That day Andy vowed to stop using single-use bags. Inspired, Andy dropped a few bucks on a second hand sewing machine and began sewing what would ultimately become the first ChicoBag® brand reusable bag.
We won't to shed as much light on this cause as possible. We're talking plastics here on The Fruit today. Join us!
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