Kathryn Reid, an event producer primarily for corporate clients, has been sewing since she was a girl, first making Barbie clothes, later working in costume shops for college theater productions, and then making her own clothes as cash-strapped college grad.
Ms. Reid started SewHampton after a four-week job as the Fashion Design Instructor for SummerCamp@Ross. Ms. Reid’s daughter is a graduate of The Ross School and was spending her summer working at the camp. They were looking for an instructor and Ms. Reid’s daughter.…thought it would be a fun thing for her mom to do….and it was!!
Ms. Reid, who lives in Springs, East Hampton had so much fun with her campers that she just kept going, launching SewHampton in September of 2014. “I’ve been in the corporate event industry for a long time, but I’m at a phase in my life where I wanted to see what the next thing would be,” she said. She offers basic hand and machine sewing lessons to children as young as 5, and to adults who have never learned to sew or want to hone their skills or re-learn things they have long since forgotten.
SewHampton, now in it’s third year is growing strong. She has continued her affiliation with The Ross School by leading an after-school sewing program one day a week and working as the Fashion Design Instructor for SummerCamp@Ross. In early 2016 partnered with Southampton Youth Services and holds Saturday group classes for three levels of skill…Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
She thought her business would be geared primarily toward kids and teens, but her clients, she said, run the gamut. For those who want to learn to make clothing, she demonstrates how to read and lay out patterns — “the foundations,” she said. “Once you get the basic understanding of how garments come together,” it’s “totally up to you and your creativity.”
Her students push her to learn new techniques and to bone up on old ones she has forgotten. “My creativity is being re-awakened by what my students want to do,” she said.
She is also thinking creatively about what’s in store for SewHampton in the future — an after-school fashion school, perhaps, or a downtown retail space where people could take classes, have sewing parties, or rent sewing machine time.
No matter how old-fashioned sewing may be, no matter how plugged in and tech-crazy people become, “sewing is something that hasn’t been replaced,” Ms. Reid said. “You don’t have a little tablet that does it for you. There’s something very therapeutic about it.”
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Pamela Focarino, Instructor
Pam Focarino is not only an accomplished artist, but she has been an art teacher privately and in schools for many years, bringing the world of art to people of all ages. Pam started working with SewHampton in 2015, assisting and teaching classes at the Ross Lower Campus as well as SYS in Southampton. Pam is a great mentor to children and adults. Pam brings her artistic aesthetics into the classroom to help students expand their creativity.
Pam is available for private art classes as well as knitting classes, in addition to her work with SewHampton.
You can see Pam’s work by going to her website: www.pamelacollinsfocarino.com
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