Walking the halls of our office, it’s not rare to bump into incredible makers (just be careful of knitters’ needles — ouch!). But to us, one sewer in particular stands out for her scrappiness and determination to slowly stitch her way into a totally self-made wardrobe.
A member of our marketing team with a penchant for hand-sewn items, Theresa first learned to sew back in high school. Seeing beauty in the everyday, Theresa thought to turn old whole-bean coffee bags into beautiful purses to sell, and her mom served as the perfect teacher.
This experience caused her to fall deeply in love with textiles and the process of making. Eventually this love transcended into making her own prom dress. Today, she strives to sew most of her own clothing. Talk about passion.
Studying textiles in college allowed Theresa to hone her creativity.
And while they say it’s about the process rather than the result, Theresa finds herself hopelessly addicted to the sense of pride and accomplishment she gets from finishing a garment and trying it on for the first time.
An equal opportunist when it comes to crafting, she also paints fun, quirky subjects including anything from pets to fast food. “There is so much beauty in a burger and fries,” she says.
Every maker needs the ideal environment to create in. Taking advantage of her own backyard, Theresa revels in the “perfect, natural lighting” of Denver. Her back deck sets the stage for much of her painting inspiration.
Regardless of the craft, Theresa is a paragon of making something that means something. Like many of us in the crafting community, she shares her talents with those she adores most.
“I made the ‘coming home from the hospital’ outfits for both of my nephews when they were born,” Theresa says. “Knowing that their very first outfits were made by me was an honor, and I loved knowing that even though I couldn’t physically be there the day they were born, a part of me was still greeting them and helping to keep them warm on their very first day in the world.”
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