Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for SORR at Maker Faire.

Seamtress Erin Maker Faire

I don’t think I have the words to express how thankful I am for my experience at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama at Maker Faire this weekend, but I’m going to try.

I was inspired by the creativity of my fellow SORR workshop teachers including Sonya of 100 Acts of Sewing teaching people how to sew a dress, Zipporah Ross helping people paint their clothing, Mandy McKenna teaching crochet from recycled t-shirts, and Andrea Nemerson helping people make bags from t-shirts and add funky recycled appliques.

I was inspired by the passion of other SORR staff and volunteers, working tirelessly to create something truly amazing, including founder Wendy Tremayne, organizer Erin Scholl, TrasHion show coordinater Eva Heule, volunteer Eryn Presley (even if having so many Erins around made it a little confusing!), and so many more.

Pants into Skirt SORR Maker Faire

I was inspired by the excitement of my workshop participants. I had multiple women tell me that this was their first time actually making something at Maker Faire and they thanked me for drawing them into the experience. I had one woman come up with such a creative solution to a broken zipper on her skirt that my jaw dropped and she thanked me for making her birthday fun. I had multiple women tell me that I inspired them to follow up on sewing at home after Maker Faire and they thanked me for the inspiration. To all of the women that participated and thanked me – thank you. Getting to teach something I’m passionate about, to share my skills, and to be appreciated is so exciting and makes me so thankful.

On Friday, I left my lab in tears because I was so frustrated and disheartened by my graduate research. On Saturday, I left Maker Faire in tears because I was so overcome with positive energy, creative inspiration, and pure blissful joy. I left thinking “this is my place, these are my people.” To everyone involved, thank you.

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  1. Glad you had as much fun helping we attendees as we had. I blew the dust off of my sewing machine and worked on finishing my soon to be white jean skirt which you helped me start at SORR. Thanks!!

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      So glad you’re inspired to whip out your sewing machine!!! I’d love to see the finished skirt when it’s done!

  2. Aww, I love this! So glad to hear it was a success! I can totally relate to lab frustrations, and it’s so nice to have a passion outside of work that can brighten your day like this. Congrats! : )

  3. oh how fun! great picture, thanks for posting:-) nandas and i had a great time learning from you! thanks again erin!

  4. Erin!!! oh, wow, this is so great to read:) you were so awesome to have as part of the swap workshop team!! you sure looked busy over there…and always looked like lots of fun:) i saw some maker people filming you, did you come across that yet? thank you for the shout out here! and for linking my blog! i haven’t posted yet, still editing my photos from the trashion show/etc…. anyways, it was really good to meet you and i hope we can re-connect this summer!!!! would love to throw down on some clothing reconstruction with you! i think i am going to host the next swap meet up (june 15) at my warehouse in oakland…i will most definetly let you know and hope to see you!!!! Take care and ROCK On!!! :) eva

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