The Sewing Junction is the culmination and celebration of a 5 year journey. I began my professional career in teaching. I had wanted to be a teacher from a very young age, and worked towards it with a great deal of determination. I acquired my Bachelor of Education degree, and was thrilled to be hired right out of graduation to teach High School in Toronto. After a couple of years in this work, something in me was unwell. I knew I was so fortunate to have my work, but I couldn't fake it - I wasn't happy.

 

     If I was honest, I yearned for art. This was nothing new. Art was a constant thread throughout my life and I had studied it in many forms. However, it was just a beloved pastime, and not my career path. Now, as I stood in the exact job I had worked towards for so many years, I knew I was meant for something else, and I had to go out in pursuit of it. So, I quit my job. I gave myself permission to take six months to research and explore and heal this neglected portion of myself with no other demands. I went to the Creativ Festival and the One of a Kind show. I visited art galleries and museums. I went to the symphony and the opera. I purchased vintage tiles and fuchsia curtains to brighten my home. I bought handfuls of CDs to fill the air around me with music. And I bought fabric. Lots of fabric. Every person who sold me a yard asked, "What are you making?", to which I replied, "I have no idea. I just...need to bring this home."

 

     My partner observed all of this with a careful eye and concluded that I needed a sewing machine of my own (up to then, I was going over to my mom's to use the old Kenmore that we'd had since childhood). On Christmas morning, he placed a beautiful big box in front of me. I couldn't even fathom what could be inside. When I opened it...well frankly, my heart kind of burst. My own sewing machine. A sewing machine. I can sew...anything. My world was shifting. This was it.

 

     The next day I googled "sewing in Toronto". I watched a video of a woman teaching a sewing class. She was running a yard of beautiful fabric through her fingers and they all sat there together discussing art and learning how to sew. A voice inside me, said, "I have to do that", followed quickly by, "You can't do that. That's impossible." Despite the second line of thinking, I contacted a local studio, told them my story, and asked if there was anything I could do there. It wasn't long before I was hired and teaching their beginner sewing classes. The next 4 years were dedicated to a self-directed, careful study of sewing. Schooling, piles of textbooks, meetings with mentors, countless projects, and teaching. Occassionally along the path, a little voice would rise up and whisper, "It's happening!", and a huge smile would flood my face.

 

     In 2013, the studio I worked for closed its doors and I knew it was time for me to open a place of my own. Looking back at the years that have passed, I am immensely grateful for all of the pieces that led me here, and I can't wait to sew with you!

 

Clara

The Sewing Junction