NYAM Studio Inspiration

As the final adjustments are nearing the end at NYAM Studio, the time has arrived for NYAM Modern Vintage clothing line to fill the air. During this process of gathering inspiration, concepts, and sketches, I decided to engage myself daily with something inspiring to stimulate my creativity as I solidify the story I want to convey with the clothing.

One magazine that inspires me is PoP’Africana. PoP’Africa is an independently published magazine created and edited by Oroma Elewa. I was inspired by Oroma Elewa’s fearlessness and definitiveness about her vision and point of view as it relates to fashion and art.IMG_0046

Now, let me share my two most inspiring and favorite articles in PoP’Africana, Issue 1. The photographs were absolutely stunning and the styling was impeccable.

The first article that inspired me is titled “NATIVE, Inspired by The Famished Road”.

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Photo Copyright Omoro Elewa, PoP’Africana Issue 1

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The second article that inspired me is titled “ATAUI DENG and Why We Love Her”.

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Photo Copyright Omoro Elewa, PoP’Africana Issue 1

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Oroma Elewa published only two limited edition issues of the PoP’Africana magazine. Although the magazines were published a few years ago,Oroma Elewa’s work continues to be an inspiration.

 

 

 

NYAM Studio… Let the sewing begin.

After the all of the “elbow grease”, I think I need another elbow. In fact, I think I may need to purchase a few shares of stock in the local home improvement stores. I have spent more time in those stores than I care to discuss. But it was all worth it because I am in love with the fact that everything in the studio turned out exactly as I envisioned.

The primary sewing machine that I will use to sew clothing is the vintage Singer 201-2 model. This sewing machine is very popular and is built to last many lifetimes. It’s one of the best vintage machines available and produces beautiful stitches.

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The stitches are a “true straight” and consistent at various stitch lengths.

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The mid-century sewing cabinets were cleaned, refinished and waxed. The cabinets will house the 201-2  sewing machine. These are the original cabinets that contained the machines. The machine weigh a ton, so these cabinets are necessary to sew comfortably.

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You guessed it! The sewing machine had a previous life which leaves a mess to clean up for its second life. I spent days cleaning, soldering and rewiring.  More often than not, the sewing machine has to be rewired to operate safely.

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After:

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The sewing machine and cabinet are ready for the challenge. Now, I can sew like a crazy lady. LoL. But, not too crazy!

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NYAM Studio. Can you see the sign?

NYAM Studio is progressing. It’s been six weeks and I’ve been working tirelessly everyday to get everything set up. Elbow grease and overthinking (oftentimes) along the journey, I feel accomplished and focused. I still can’t believe that NYAM Studio is alive but it is alive and well.

The latest update is complete. I am proud to say that it’s official! The sign is in the sky. Well, technically it’s on the building, LoL. Welcome to the NYAM Studio.

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NYAM Studio Upgrades

The studio is still under construction (thus the pieces on the ground) and is just about complete. The upgrade of a table for sewing lessons has arrived! This is the perfect place to unleash your sewing skills! New sewing lessons will be added soon. Be sure to follow the blog for the latest details on sewing lessons. NYAM Studio will see you soon.

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NYAM STUDIO Sewing Lessons Available

NYAM STUDIO is now offering sewing lessons. The lessons are available weekly and new lessons will be added to the calendar. The purpose of the sewing lessons are to guide and teach the knowledge of basic sewing skills. The class size is kept small to keep the focus on learning new sewing skills. All available lessons and dates require a RSVP by paying the lesson fee (online) prior to attending the class. RSVP for sewing lessons by clicking on the Eventbrite link to pay lesson fee.

Basic details for the current lessons can be found below!

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Basic Commercial Pattern Knowledge – During the lesson you will learn various skills including basic measurements, charting a size on a commercial pattern, reading pattern symbols and terms.

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Basic Sewing Machine Knowledge – During this lesson you will learn how to thread a sewing machine, thread a bobbin, load a bobbin, basic sewing machine stitches, and basic troubleshooting.

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New lessons will be added to the schedule. Be sure to follow the blog for the latest updates about NYAM Studio!