Hi, I'm Suzanne!
The Sewing Garage is a Los Angeles-based textile design studio and sewing school.
I learned to sew at an early age from my mother, although she says I got my creative talent from her two sisters: my Aunt Charlotte (an artist) and my Aunt Pauline (a quilter, knitter and crochetter). At the local rec center, I took a beginning sewing class and still remember the ruffled patchwork pillow I made. I enjoyed sewing in Home Economics in middle school, making puppets and a pretend chocolate cake with icing. In high school, I continued to practice my sewing skills, making garments for myself, including jean skirts, shorts, and even my prom dress.
In college, I continued my love for sewing and started making quilts. I had the honor of taking an art class with Faith Ringgold, a painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist who is probably best known for her narrative quilts. Combining art, storytelling and quilting, she was able to tell her story in a new way, which was so inspirational.
I renewed my love of garment making when I started working as a stitcher in a costume shop for a professional theatre company in Los Angeles. At the shop, I've been challenged and learned new skills, tailoring and alteration techniques.
I operate the Sewing Garage full time, teaching sewing to children and adults and designing bags and garments. I love textiles, creating, learning new techniques, and making up things as I go along. I wish to share this joy through my work and with others.