January 24th, 2014 / posted by paularath

Photo from a previous class at Art Explorium. Photos courtesy of the Explorium

I recently had a discussion with a designer friend regarding how sad it is that so few children and young adults are learning how to sew these days. It seems home ec classes have gone the way of art classes in many schools. She spoke of the enormous pleasure she derives simply from feeling the needle on her machine go in and out, in and out of her fabric.

It’s ironic, because there are an increasing number of students who say they want to work in the fashion profession, in particular as designers or stylists, yet they haven’t a clue how a garment goes from sketch (and of course their sketching skills need honing too) to rack.

This Sunday there is an opportunity for keiki to get a sense of how to sew. It’s a one-time-pau workshop in which they will create a Chinese New Year-themed fabric art piece. Who knows? This bit of exposure to fabric and the pleasure of sewing and completing a project might just tweak the interest of a keiki.

Here are the details from Kaimuki’s Art Explorium:

Sunday, January 26th, 10:30am-12:30pm
At the Art Explorium: 1142 Koko Head Ave
$18 per student (Ages 4 and up. Students ages 4-8 must be accompanied
by an adult)
Kung hei fat choy! Join ME+U at the Art Explorium for a fun Chinese
New Year inspired workshop. Learn basic sewing skills with this
workshop. We have two projects just for you: Fabric fortune cookies
stuffed with your own messages and a Firecracker Garland to celebrate
the New Year! Registration is required, to register to to

A perfect – and appropriate – child’s first sewing project.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of sewing, Kuni Island Fabrics has released their February Sewing School Schedule. The Basics classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays. For details, please go to http://kuniislandfabrics.weebly.com

In addition, Uakea with M+U, who teaches the Art Explorium’s Chinese New Year class, also teaches sewing regularly on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Art Explorium. For more information, please go to http://artexplorium.org/meanduhawaii

– Paula Rath

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