When our studio was nestled in the corner of our 1200 square foot shop at 370 Broadway studio time was under the careful eye of the front desk - you could holler and someone would run over to help you wind a new bobbin or show you how to ease a sleeve into your armhole. When we moved to 1343 Cambridge Street it became clear that the studio needed a dedicated monitor to keep the machines clean and running smoothly and to assist the many different people with varying skill levels who rely on studio time to start and finish their projects. When Amy applied to work at gather here we didn't have an opening but we had been thinking about how the studio could work better. So we hired her and we think it was one of the smartest decisions we ever made.
Amy joined gather here in June of 2018 in a new position, crafted to suit her skills. As the studio monitor, Amy maintains all the equipment in our three studio spaces. Amy is most likely the person who checks you in and set you up for your studio rental. And once or twice a week Amy teaches one of our adult sewing workshops. Amy also coordinates our window displays, stitches up samples, is a Certified Bernina Technician, and keeps the longarm humming.
When did you start making things?
I started embroidering when I was about 7 years old, but it wasn't until I was 16 that I began exploring how to sew. Things quickly stemmed from there as I wanted to learn more ways to make things and eventually went to school for fashion design.
What's your favorite thing to make?
I love making clothing. Creating a functional and wearable garment is something I find incredibly satisfying - especially if someone else loves it so much that they want to wear it. [You can support Amy's handcrafted fashion line by shopping here.]
What do you like the most about being a part of the gather here community?
Being a part of a very welcoming creative community is what I look forward to most about gather here. I'm proud to be a member of the team and be able to encourage others to make and learn new things.
What's your favorite tool?
My favorite tool would have to be my sewing machine. It was passed down from my grandma and it has been a sturdy and reliable machine. It's nothing fancy, but I would feel lost without it.
What do you do when you aren't making things?
During the rare moments that I'm not making things, I enjoy cooking and exploring new places around Boston.