Anna (S) has been sewing since the age of 10. Her mother taught her to sew and read patterns. In high school, she would make her costumes for the plays and that started her love of theater. She went to college at SUNY Fredonia in western NY and studied production design specifically costume design.
While at school, she completed two summer internships at the Santa Fe Opera in NM working in the costume school during the day and running the shows at night.
After graduating college with a BFA in Production Design she moved to NYC and started working in a costume shop as a first hand.
She currently works at John Kristiansen NY Inc. as a first hand. The shop creates costumes for various forms of entertainment. Some notable productions are: The Great Comet (Broadway), Waitress (Broadway and Tour), The Get Down (Netflix), Marvel Universe Live (Arena show), and many others.
She lives in Jersey City with her husband and spends most of her free time working on various sewing projects. She is very excited to spread her love of sewing and teach others to love it as well!
Anna (M) learned to sew when she was in elementary school through 4-H classes and under the guidance of her crafty mom.
She loved being creative with sewing and decided from a young age she wanted to become a fashion designer.
She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating with a dual degree BS/AAS in Fashion Design in 2007.
She has spent the last ten years working as a designer in the fashion industry in NYC designing women's and children's clothing for companies such as the Gap, Aeropostale and JCPenney.
She currently works as a freelance designer and is excited to share her passion for sewing and design with the students at M Avery Designs. She lives in Jersey City with her husband, baby boy and their puppy.
Rachael has always loved creating things and learning the process of how something is made. As a young girl she would spend hours making woven potholders on a small plastic loom, knotting friendship bracelets with embroidery thread, or drawing and coloring in a sketchbook. But when she learned how to sew, everything made sense!
Her love of sewing began in her middle school home economics class. She had a wonderful teacher who taught hand sewing and sewing machine basics and Rachael never looked back!
She graduated the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design and has been a freelance designer and seamstress for the past 15 years.
Recently she moved to Hoboken with her husband and was looking for a way to share her passion for sewing. Working with M Avery Designs Sewing Studio, Rachael is able to inspire creativity through sewing and to teach anyone who wants to learn.
Nancy comes from a long line of seamstresses and milliners. Five generations of women who made a living creating wearable art for other people. She honors this tradition as a sewer, needleworker and quilter.
As a former elementary school teacher, Nancy brings creativity, enthusiasm and patience to the classroom - helping young people develop an artistic outlet, as well as the ability to plan and execute a project with focus and persistence.
Nancy and her college-age son have lived in Hoboken and Jersey City for 30 years; and she is well-known in the community as a teacher and afterschool educator.
When not teaching, Nancy works for a science-education nonprofit organization as a grant writer. She is also an excellent short-order cook and a terrible, but enthusiastic, golfer!
Eleanor is currently an undergrad student at Fairfield University hoping to go into the field of education.
Eleanor started her sewing when she was a 10 year old student in M Avery Designs summer camp the very first summer we offered it. She's been sewing ever since.
Eleanor finds it extremely rewarding sharing the same joy she experienced in her sewing classes with her current sewing students.
Art is one of her major passions, as well as working with children. After years of babysitting and working on and off as a helper in her mothers art classes (Urban Arts), she looks forward to working with the campers this summer!
The first thing studio owner Megan ever sewed is a quilted jacket with giant frog toggles. It was a project for jer 4-H Club Clothing Review when she was ten and an active member in her local 4-H club the, Handy Helpers.
What she loves most about teaching sewing is that she can relive this experience almost daily with her sewing students. Her studio M Avery Designs, and sewing, still bring her the same happiness she felt at ten sewing with the 4-H Club. She strives to pass this on to her students, from kids as young as age 6 to adults who have never picked up a needle and thread.
As a full time creative entrepreneur for the last 18 years, Megan has gone from custom handbag designer, to sewing instructor & studio owner, to creative business coach helping others to have successful sewing schools like M Avery Designs Sewing Studio.
She continues to be invigorated by her sewing studio and teaching people how to sew. So much that her latest business endeavor, Hipstitch Academy, aims to help other people start & grow their very own sewing studio businesses.
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