Looking to send your kids to camp this summer? Forget about archery and water-skiing. Brooklyn’s non-profit Black Girls Sew is bringing back their Sew Green Summer Camp for the second year and it is eco-fabulous! The industrious non-profit combines a love of Mother Earth with a passion for sewing by teaching eco-friendly sewing techniques to aspiring fashion designers.
The camp, which will start August 10th at the organization’s studio in Bedford-Stuyvesant, encourages students to create their own DIY projects by recycling, renewing or repurposing old clothing and fabrics. The students create garments as well as accessories such as reusable shopping bags. Additionally, the classes cover a wide range of design topics such as photoshoots, sketching and needlework skills.
Hekima Hapa, Founder of Black Girls Sew, explains that although the classes encourage creativity and eco-friendly design, the overall structure also teaches kids important business skills, “I try to help children understand that not only is sewing a fun thing you can do, but you can also turn it into a business.”
“I just think anything that can keep kids’ attention that is not electronic-based helps them think, become problem-solvers and gain patience, especially from sewing,” Hapa said.“This requires you to stop and pay attention for a little bit of time. It’s sort of a meditation.”
Sew Green Summer Camp runs from Aug. 10-21 at 375 Stuyvesant Ave and is open to children and teens between 10 and 17.
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