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Louis Boria (04-19-2020): Diversity & making the most of your moment

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This Sunday (04/19/2020) my guest was Louis Boria—AKA Brooklyn Boy Knits.

Louis is a self-taught fiber artist who has been in the industry for 12 years. In 2017, Louis went viral after being photographed on a NYC subway by actress/singer, Frenchie Davis. With his newfound fame, Louis decided to use his social media platform to do something positive and so began working with local New York public schools, teaching children to knit.  He has worked closely with with campaigns such as Hat Not Hate, Cancer Awareness Programs at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital and with LGBTQIA young adults by promoting knitting as a therapeutic outlet. As well as working in the community, Louis is a knitwear Designer of both custom pieces and knitting patterns that range in style from streetwear design to runway couture.

In April 2019 Louis did his first Tedx Talk, "Making The Most of Your Moment". Later that year, he became one of the founding members of Soho Publishing’s Diversity Advisory Council which was set up to address the lack of diversity and inclusion in the fiber arts industry.  He has also taught at STITCHES and spoke as part of a diversity panel at STITCHES Midwest 2019.

Louis believes in building up our community one stitch at a time.

Louis is currently recovering from the Coronavirus… and I'm so pleased he could join on the show so you could hear from this remarkable and creative individual. 

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