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Trained at Sheridan College in the Fashion Techniques and Design Program, Helen Fisher takes her innovative design skills to produce and style fashion shoots worldwide. Her specialties include the design, pattern drafting and couture finishes of perfectly crafted creations for sets, film and print. Helen shares her passion for fabrics and the art of creating beautiful pieces through teaching private and group sewing classes, hosting seminars and instructing hands-on workshops. She is a guest lecturer at Seneca College and conducts visual merchandising seminars with workshops focused on hands-on styling techniques and fashion production. As an outsource for The New School (Parsons), New York, Helen shares her knowledge and expertise with upcoming fashion designers to create and execute stunning visuals from creative concepts. Helen’s work, a beautiful, one of a kind piece, with over 35,000 Swarovski crystals hand sewn on to sheer silk for “The Dagworthy Collection, Spring/Summer 2015” was presented in New York by Saks 5th Avenue. Whether you want to sew your own fashions or give that personal touch to your home, learning the fundamentals of sewing will open up endless possibilities. A simple needle and thread will give a lifetime of joy and creativity.
Afua is a graduate of the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts (Fashion Textiles), and the School of Business at Roehampton University (Fashion Textile Business). She has also taught Fashion and Textile at George Brown College. She has exhibited her fashion works in many countries earning numerous awards. She was recently awarded the 2015 Merit Scholarship by the Roehampton University in the United Kingdom, and the 2015 Laureate International University of Maryland in the United States. Afua’s work continue to receive numerous selections and inclusions in various fashion and textiles exhibitions globally.