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Indie designer interviews \ Le sarte che mi piacciono – Tamara di ZoonaNova

Buongiorno, mondo del cucito!

Oggi diamo un tocco di internazionalità con la prima sarta non italiana di questa serie delle IndieDesignerInterviews. ❤❤❤

L’intervistata di oggi è Tamara di ZoonaNova, un bellissimo blog con una storia stupenda alle spalle.

Inoltre, il racconto di come io ho conosciuto Tamara è molto divertente…

La storia di Zoona Nova.

Tamara, da fashion stylist a New York per famosi magazine di moda, si è trasferita in Africa diversi anni fa per lavorare con i Corpi di Pace internazionali. Dopo un periodo in Madagascar, è stata assegnata al Malawi, dove ha aiutato un gruppo locale di donne a sviluppare progetti di sussistenza grazie al Chifundo Artisans’ Network.

In Malawi, Tamara ha conosciuto quello che sarebbe diventato il suo futuro marito – Andrea, un volontario italiano- ed è arrivata a creare Zoona Nova Patterns, un brand che presto venderà on line cartamodelli che finanzieranno il progetto School Fees and Trees project.

La storia completa, avvincente e davvero ben scritta, la trovate qui >> http://zoonanova.com/how-a-pair-of-dolce-gabbana-pants-changed-my-life/

Ed ora, eccoci a noi. Ho incontrato Tamara su Instagram e mi è subito piaciuto il suo approccio al mondo del cucito. Inoltre, non è un segreto, sono una grande fan del waxprint e, nelle sue foto, ne vedo sempre un sacco! Un giorno ha pubblicato una cosa strana: suo marito le stava cucinando una polenta. Polenta in Malawi?!

Da lì, la scoperta che Andrea è originario di Bergamo e che, qui si va proprio nella Carrambata!, il parroco del villaggio in cui vivono è originario di Grumello del Monte, il paese in cui vivo.

Insomma, come non adorarla? 😁😁😁

 

 

Ci presentiamo…

E – How you started sewing? Have you attended a fashion school or learnt by yourself?

T-  I’m a self taught sewist. I learned to sew by taking clothes apart with a seam ripper! I learned pattern drafting (using books) at the same time I learned to sew. I made mistake after mistake, but I kept pushing myself to get better with each project. And – I made myself wear EVERYTHING I made, which forced me to take things seriously!

 

E – Why you opened a blog/social channel concerning sewing?

T – I started my blog and Instagram account as a way of building a community of sewists and other creative people. Also, I wanted to share the story of our African design studio, and to introduce people to our PDF patterns – which I will launch this year.

 

 

La scena del cucito in Malawi

E – How do you find inspiration? Who is your favourite designer?

T – I’m inspired by fabric and textile design. I start with a piece of cloth, and from there what I want to make takes shape, which often means manipulating the fabric through embroidery, painting, beading, or applique. I keep up with current trends, but also love vintage styles – esp. clothes from the 1920’s and the 1960’s. I can also be inspired by street fashion – it’s fun to watch the way people in my village mix up thrift store finds, creating really cool and original looks.

When I finally have a design idea in my head, I make a few sketches, draft a pattern, and sew up a first sample. By the third sample, I usually have worked out the idea. That’s when the look goes into production.

 

E – How the “sewing scene” is in your country? Is it difficult to find fabrics/ sewing supplies or it’s a common thing sewing clothes?

T – The sewing scene in Malawi is dominated by local tailors who cut and sew “made-to-measure” designs. These designs are usually inspired by West African styles. Waxprint is everywhere, but everything else is hard, or impossible, to find. We don’t waste anything, and we are always looking for creative solutions when we can’t find what we want! (Sometimes things work out better that way!)

 

I cartamodelli ZoonaNova

E – Thinking about all the clothes you sewn and all the pattens you used… what’s your favourite and why?

T – My favorite patterns are my own, because they fit me perfectly! I’ve only sewn a handful of patterns from other designers/companies. I’m usually frustrated, because I’m short (158 cm) and need to alter commercial patterns. It’s because of this that I decided to draft my Zoona Nova PDF patterns for petite sized ladies like myself!

 

E – What’s your favourite sewing tecnique?

T – I love sewing with “couture” techniques. We embrace the idea of “slow fashion” in our studio. It’s a mix of Industrial machines for professional results, and needle&thread to get that luxury look you can only get from hand-sewing. I love hand basting, a hand-picked zipper, and of course, a hand sewn hem. But on the industrial machines I love making things like epaulettes, plackets, and cargo pockets. They look so professional when done on those powerful industrial machines!

 

E – Have you got a lot of sewing machines or just one? Could you tell us about the model?

T – As we are a studio, we have a number of machines. Our industrial sewing machines are Juki brand. I have a few domestic machines, but these days I only use them for buttonholes and zigzag stitches over elastic. I’ve become addicted to the power and speed of industrial machines!

 

Potete scoprire di più su ZOONA NOVA qui:

https://www.facebook.com/ZoonaNova/

http://zoonanova.com

https://www.instagram.com/zoonanova/

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