UP COMING EVENTS:
INTRODUCTION TO SEWING: BEGINNERS WORKSHOP
$25 Material Fee to Register
Want to learn how to sew, but don’t know where to start? This course is for beginners and will start with basics like how to thread a machine and reading a pattern. We will focus on equipping you will skills that will allow you to further your passion at home. Bring questions you may already have or just an inquisitive attitude. We are starting with the basics because every great design starts with accurate patterns and sewing straight seams. Sewing is an amazing skill that can allow your ideas to come to life. This course will help get you started on that journey.
Key Learn Points:
- Reading Patterns
- Thread Machines
- Technical Terms
- Cutting and Pressing Technics
- Accurate Measurements
Ashley Little has been sewing since around the age of five. Taught by her mother, she can’t remember a time when sewing wasn’t a part of her life. Pursing her passion, she received a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Studies from The University of Arkansas in 2007. After working in the industry, she decided to go back and get her master’s degree while teaching a sewing course at the U of A. Then in 2012 she started her own custom design and alterations business, Material Concepts. Over the past six years she has made everything from wedding gowns to suits for her clients. Then when NWA Fashion Week was rebooted in 2017, she was one of the designers in the first show and in the Spring of 2018, she launched her brand Ellen Elaine. Ashley comes from a family of creative minds with both grandmothers being artists and skilled designers. Then her mother passing along the tradition, she feels privileged to honor all of their memories by teaching others what they taught her.
This programming is made possible with generous support from the Walton Family Foundation.
Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum provides funding for designers based in the state of Arkansas to participate in NWA Fashion Week, the largest fashion event in the state.
Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum connects the sharpest minds in fashion to create educational content for both the public and for those aspiring to a career in fashion. Providing opportunities for panel discussion, speaker series, workshops and more, AAFF creates the space to go beyond the garment to learn about the world of fashion as a whole.
Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum provides opportunities for young men and women to work with professionals from various parts of the fashion industry including designers, model coaches, professional hair stylists and makeup artists, production directors, creative directors, curators, photographers, videographers and more.
ARKANSAS ARTS & FASHION FORUM
The Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum was founded in 2017 with the hope of providing a central location for creative producers in Arkansas to find professional development resources, creative inspiration, and a community of support.
The mission of the Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum is to provide educational opportunities and professional support for aspiring avant-garde fashion designers, artists, and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant and inspired creative fashion community in Arkansas.
Within this mission, the Arkansas Arts and Fashion Forum pursues three main areas of programming:
- Providing educational workshops, classes and panel discussions for both fashion professionals and the public to increase understanding of the art of fashion.
- Providing educational scholarships and production grants to aspiring fashion designers. We plan to provide grants to student designers enrolled in a degreed program based in the state of Arkansas as well as production grants for designers to pursue avant-garde designs that expand the public understanding of art and fashion.
- Providing educational mentorship opportunities for aspiring photographers, models, hair stylists, makeup artists, videographers and other aspiring professionals to work with established professionals in an educational environment for the development and enhancement of professional skills and knowledge.
Each season we dedicate our time and resources to ensuring that designers based in the state of Arkansas are able to participate in NWA Fashion Week, ensuring visibility to their brands and professional development opportunities toward the goal of establishing a thriving fashion industry in our state.
Whether you want to support a local designer or become a local designer, we want to hear from you!