Michelle Louise Textiles is a labour of love I am creating alongside being a full time teacher. It may be a slow process, but it's a passion project.
My love of sewing started with my Nana. She made me fairy costumes, teddy bears, hemmed all my pants, let them all back down as I grew. She grew up with little and instilled a 'make do and mend' attitude.
My Great Aunty Mavis was a talented dressmaker. She made her own clothing and multiple wedding dresses (including my mums). She studied dressmaking in the 1950's, and although she only every held me as a baby I like to think I inherited her love of sewing too.
I started to build my skills during high school and was lucky to have a wonderful teacher who guided and supported me. After school (and a few wrong turns) I studied a Diploma of Fashion Design at TAFE. A course that I loved and has taught me the valuable skills I rely on today.
After working for a menswear label in Sydney I realised the fashion industry is a huge environmental and ethical problem. Thousands of tonnes of textile waste from low-quality, fast fashion Fast fashion is literally destroying our planet, and it was not something I wanted to be part of.
Teaching is a career I didn't know I would love, but have from the moment I first stepped into a classroom in 2016. Then in 2018, a dream role presented itself in Evans Head combining my love of textiles with my love of teaching. It has been so exciting to watch students engagement with textiles grow. Now, I am hoping to extend that engagement to our community.
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