Lynda Maynard has enjoyed a long career that highlights a wide array of experience in varying contexts of working with fashion. She’s brought a passion for fashion to countless classrooms spanning over 15 years and, during that time, served a number of community colleges while simultaneously leading workshops across the country. Her specific areas of expertise include topics of couture sewing techniques, fitting, and pattern drafting. Coursework developed and taught includes Moulage (French Pattern Drafting), Pant Draft, Copying Ready-to-Wear, Lingerie, Working With Difficult Fabrics, and numerous other offerings. Academic professionals call on Lynda for continual development of college level courses in Fashion Design. Her talent and expertise expands beyond the local community with multiple published works including two of her own book titles, De-Mystifying Fit followed by The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. Additional publishing credits include her regular contributions to both Stitch magazine and Threads magazine and a collection of interactive online video courses commissioned by Craftsy. Through all of these mediums combined, her followers know that her technical innovations, product quality, and attention to detail are the core components of her signature style.
You can catch her workshop here: Moulage Workshop
Kim Pinto has been sewing since she was 8, starting with Barbie clothes and making dresses for her grandma. She loves to sew, taking a simple piece of fabric and making it into something wearable. Nothing makes her happier than seeing people wear the items she creates. Now these days mostly Star Wars related costumes and accessories. She has turned her passion into a career with her 20 years of sewing experience, and Bachelor’s in Fashion Design.
Michael Portuesi has taken self taught to a levels of mastery, starting from watching sewing programs on public television, internet research, and trial and error he has become an accomplished sewist. When a Brother sewing machine “magically appeared” for Christmas 2011, he took up sewing as a hobby and has been teaching himself ever since. His interests include cases, folios, home decorating, and men’s garment construction.
Michael is ready to help new students, by teaching the lessons he has learned from his own exploration in the world of sewing.
As almost a life long sewist, Ashley brings modern style and techniques to the any class she leads. Ashley’s passion in textile arts peak when discussing Costume Design and Cosplay. She is active in the Sci-Fi costuming for National and International conventions. Her designs incorporate retro elegance with modern style.
“Textures and color palettes amaze me, sewing with specific techniques allows you to mix and match with limitless options. Working with other sewists and helping to enhance others skills.”
Ashley lives in San Francisco and enjoys comedians that are showcased at local venues. Ashley is a student at the Academy of Arts, declaring a major in Costume Design.
Joe the Quilter
Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors were steeped in the history and traditions of quilts, leading Cunningham to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique.
Over the years his quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, as well as in numerous private collections. Cunningham’s 11 books on quilts include the 2010 book “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking,” (the first book on the subject), a museum catalogue for the Shelburne Museum’s exhibition, “Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present,” and his essay for the de Young Museum show “Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown.” His column for the national magazine The Quilt Life is called “Biased and Edgy.”
He has been seen on the Peabody Award winning PBS series “Craft in America,” the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson”, the PBS series “Sewing with Nancy” and on “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.” He gives talks about quilts and teaches workshops nationwide.
At age 21, he started his first clothing line, self named Gallofornia, since then his designs have appeared on TV, movies, the internet and in all types of magazines and catalogs.
After doing the New York scene, Paul brought his talents to San Francisco. Since 1991, he perfected his skills at draping and patternmaking. His ability to construct and drape any garment has earned him a title as a Master patternmaker. Paul’s talents have been commissioned by companies in the United States, China and India.
Paul’s amazing talents are used in design and production of costumed wardrobe for Bay Area theaters, dancers and other entertainers. He is also commissioned to create custom gowns and for good measure a few riff – raff outfits..
Alice Thomas started her quilting experience in her home town of San Francisco at the Josephine Randall Junior Museum. A deep emotional respect for repurposing fabric feeds her loving of quilting. “The ability to use fabrics from other projects or clothing allows the quilt to take on the original purpose of its fabric, to live on in a different form, to continue providing comfort and warmth to someone else.”
Alice has worked with and donates her quilting skills to Luke Haynes for his ongoing artist exhibits and community fund raising projects since 2014, his exhibit LCoDJ – 50 Quilts – Log Cabin was an amazing success in Los Angeles.
Since 2012, in her down time, Alice creates costumes and dances with Grupo Experimental Nago in San Francisco.
Alice hopes that the Intro to Quilting class, she teaches will help others to learn how much fun quilting is and how amazing it feels to express yourself with Fabric Arts.
Joy – Lily
Joy-Lily is the daughter of a dressmaker. She has been teaching quilting since the late 20th Century. As an artist in residence for the California Arts Council, she taught textile arts (including quilting) to seniors for 9 years. Currently she has a California Adult Teaching Credential in textiles and creative arts. Her book Carefree Quilts – A Freestyle Twist on Classic Designs was published in 2012 and her work has been published and exhibited internationally.
Joy’s latest personal project was completed in 13 months. The project to sew 100 (small) quilt tops for premature babies.
As an experienced garment seamstress, Dayo has developed curriculum that creates stylish and trendy projects that enhance any wardrobe.
Her career as a college educator, she understands the importance a learning environment in the process of developing new skills. She brings that philosophy to each class.