Colleen has spent over 20 years in the clothing industry specializing in pattern making, grading and wardrobe analysis through the Feminine Archetypes, this has broadened her skills as a lecturer and moderator having guest lectured for the London School of Fashion, the Department of Arts and Culture and Elle Business Entrepreneur Support Group for previously disadvantaged young designers.
Colleen now presents Master Classes that have been designed to meet the specific needs of young designers and entrepreneurs entering in the clothing industry or designers facing the challenges of a difficult industry.
Having run her own business since 1995 Colleen is passionate about the possibility to thrive in a tough industry and not just survive. With this philosophy she has worked with some of South Africa’s leading fashion designers including Clive Rundle and Marianne Fassler, this collaboration has led to her involvement in SA Fashion week, New York Fashion week and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation.
Colleen has found that the clothing industry has honed her powers of observation, attention to detail and thinking laterally, while her shamanic work has greatly contributed to her intuition and a decade of being in Jungian based analysis has given her insight to understand people and their relationships with their bodies and how they relate to significant people in their lives. This passion for human potential developed into a collective of workshops for corporate business. These Self Care workshops grow business leadership by identifying patterns of behavior, and exploring new patterns that will enable people to live their best life. Colleen coaches executives, business leaders and entrepreneurs in uncommon thinking and seeing the patterns in their lives.
My sewing interests are:
garment, home decor, quilting
My sewing machine(s):
I grew up learning on my great Grandmothers Husqvarna, which I still have today in good working order. My machines that I work with day to day are Bernina, Plain sewer, cover seam and a 5 thread Safety stitch, and lastly an Elner 4 thread over-locker. I have had my Bernina 5 thread for 13+ years and it is still one of my greatest love affairs, I love everything about it when I put my foot down and hear it my heart is in a good place.
I am interested in patterns such as:
When I was a kid I used Burda and Vougue, now as a professional pattern maker I use my own.
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