In the age of social distancing, arts organizations are quickly adapting programming to the virtual space. The same is true in the world of fashion. Abi Ferrin is a Dallas based designer and Executive Director of Love and Freedom, a fashion non-profit. They provide business and wellness classes as well as vocational training to survivors of trafficking and domestic violence. Full disclosure- she’s also my sister-in-law.
I’ve watched from the sidelines as Abi has quickly turned an IRL class to teach people how to make her “Mariposa” scarf into a virtual class.
“I find the act of making very therapeutic and holding these scarf making workshops live gives us all a chance to connect to each other and process everything that is going on.” Abi said.
The kits can be ordered online and are part of Abi’s zero waste initiative- all of the fabric comes from remnants of the garments made in her Dallas studio. She holds the DIY scarf making workshops live via Zoom call and then re-posts the videos on social media for anyone who wants to create on their own time. (Proceeds from the scarf kits go to the non-profit Love and Freedom.)
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