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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.
Bonita Thompson (Child and Youth Textiles)Bonita fell in love with fashion designing and sewing her own unique creations at age 13. Following her passion for fashion design, she enrolled in the Creative Fashion Program at George Brown College in Toronto. After one year at George Brown, she transferred to Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology in Oakville. There she received a diploma in Fashion & Design and Computer Design & Management. As part of this program she produced a line of clothes made of luxurious wools and suede for the year end fashion show. Bonita has also obtained a certificate in Interior Decorating for which she received an Award of Merit.
Since graduating, Bonita has continued to express her creativity and maintained her sewing skills over the years working in bridalwear, as a fashion stylist and personal shopper as well as creating custom fashion and interior designs for clientele. Her real passion lies in creating bold design concepts and pattern drafting. She enjoys sharing talent, experience, knowledge of textiles and sewing techniques with individuals in both private and group sessions as well as specialty workshops.
“It’s a great pleasure to inspire individuals as an instructor in the Textile Arts Program. Dream, Design, Create, Repeat…” - Bonita