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Jasmin Afschar

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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

After a year in the shop I feel very lucky that I am busy with orders. New bespoke garments, which involves creating patterns and making toiles, interesting alterations, which are probably the most challenging at times, repairs and also made to order garments. My enthusiam for textile and sewing and furthermore the desire to make clothes and items here in my studio that last a long time and that have been made from materials that have not travelled too far guides me in my work. For example I love Harris Tweed, not only for its beauty and warmth, but for the fact that it has been made in the home of a weaver in the UK. Also you can sometimes find little bits of moss or heather woven in, which just adds to the attraction.
My intention is to start creating the patterns for woolen coats that are quite classic and elegant in their cut and continue working more with boiled wool, Linen and Hemp.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I suppose I would call myself more of a maker, though artistry comes into it. The conception often comes through the materials that I am attracted to, which are mainly Wool, Linen and Hemp. I would like to be part of the movement that brings the attention back home or to the fact that making and the skills that are needed for it have great value. To be part of a Fibershed, which means 'from seed to garment' within a certain smallish radius, is my dream.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Bespoke dressmaker/ tailor.

Bring a picture or idea of a garment and I will make it bespoke for you, but I also do alteration and repairs, as I think we need to repair more and wear longer. Apart from that I have started my own designs of jackets, coats and waistcoats in Boiled Wool, which are available to buy or made to order.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I do weekly sewing workshops here in the studio in Kington. If you would like to to do a workshop that I do not offer, please get in touch. Individual tuition available.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

3-year dual apprenticeship in bespoke dressmaking in Luebeck, Germany and a 1-year degree in patterncutting at the Academy Fashion and Design in Hamburg , Germany.

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