Guy joined gather here in late February of 2019. His background in sewing and his curiosity were exactly what the position required. After spending a week at Bernina technical training and months working directly with Noah, Guy has become a confident technician servicing a variety of makes and models. He works diligently while listening to NPR and you'll often catch Noah and Guy chatting about their work in French.
When did you start making things?
I initially began in 2012. I was making knitted hats and slippers in the beginning and I subsequently made the shift into crocheting and sewing, which I vividly remembered starting in 2013 right after my high school graduation.
What's your favorite thing to make?
Favorite thing to make would be anything textile based, I love altering thrift clothing and bringing them back to life.
It brings so much joy and a sense of purpose to me when making a one of a kind piece of clothing from two or many pieces of clothing found at Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, family or friends’ closets.
Interestingly, most of the time I don’t have an image of the final product; my approach is usually a freestyle way. I will know when I get there and as I go along with the project.
What have you enjoyed about being the machine technician at gather here?
Honestly, this has been the only job I enjoy doing. It's very hands on and it helps and allows me to use my sense of curiosity and problem solving. And my sewing machine encyclopedia is growing day by day. Before this job, I only knew three brands: Singer, Brother and Kenmore.
What's your favorite tool?
I don’t know if I have a favorite tool yet, but a screw driver is definitely a mechanic's good friend.
What do you do when you aren't making things?
I get bored very easily, so I always find myself engaged in some sort of project. It could be cooking, listening to a podcast or NPR while reading about the stock market.