Inma combines her love for handmade things with her passion to run her own business and serve the local community. Inma runs the club and teaches some of the Sewing, Crochet, Upcycling and children's classes. She also likes writing tutorials and ideas for projects in the blog.
This is our team of talented teachers.
Naomi Collet is a London based sewing teacher, costume designer and doll maker from Sao Paulo, Brazil. From an early age, she started sewing and designing her own toys and clothes and worked as an apprentice for her mother, brazilian-japanese fashion designer, Paula Yne. In the late 2000's she qualified with a BA in Media Studies, from Belas Artes University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. During her time in university, she furthered her skills in fashion, painting, sewing, and pattern cutting. Naomi has worked for the Young Vic Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London on a variety of productions and as a freelance seamstress.
Naomi currently manages the day to day activities at the club and some of the sewing classes for children (and she makes super yummy coffees!)
Jessie Eckel is a local freelance illustrator working on varied projects including editorial, greetings cards , gifts and publishing. She has illustrated many children’s activity book including her own book ‘Doodle Dolls’.
Jessie has been running children’s art clubs for almost 5 years and is currently running our popular Little Crafters and the Art Club.
You can see some of her wonderful illustrations here
Rebecca graduated from Wimbledon College of Art, with a First in a (BA Hons) Costume Interpretation. She also has a background in a City and Guild's in Pattern Cutting and a National Diploma in Textiles which has allowed her to develop a good foundation of skills in garment construction and surface decoration.
"I adore intricate details, particularly lace, I am completely fascinated by it and have created contemporary versions of various pieces of lace, although I think that nothing will ever compare to the bobbin and needlepoint which seems almost lost in our culture. I am a perfectionist in what I do, and I pay attention to the small details of any costume or garment. One thing I do love to do is to bring people together, particularly with a craft night or social as I enjoying teaching new skills, encouraging and supporting people and seeing them fulfilled. But also I love to learn new skills myself in a variety of traditional and contemporary crafts such at tatting, crocheting and knitting."
Rebecca teaches the children's Sewing School, the Knitting & Crochet Club and she will share her super talented skills at our new Embroidery classes.
Sandesh has been sewing since childhood, learning from her mother and grandmothers, all of whom were very handy with a machine, needle and thread and taught her so much. She loves all aspects of sewing, from making cushions to dog clothes (yes really), but her passion lies with dressmaking and she can be found most nights in front of her sewing machine.
As well as creating her own clothes, she loves teaching other people the joy of making and wearing a handmade garment….the wonders of which never cease to amaze her.
When not sewing she is also a mother of two and a midwife.
She also blogs my makes over at Bedlam and Bird
Layla has been sewing for 8 years and makes all her own clothes, her husband’s clothes and occasionally dips into unselfish sewing for friends! After to moving to Beirut Lebanon, 6 years ago, she started a small business teaching others to sew and soon persuaded half of Beirut that sewing was cool.
Layla learnt to sew at school but really got back into it because she was tired of buying ill-fitting, substandard clothes from huge shops and of the fashion industry telling her what to wear. She believes it’s a joy and a privilege to spend time making things we really want, and loving the things we carefully make.
As well as sewing (pretty much all the time) she also teaches English at a secondary school, knits and bakes cakes.
The Old School Club
Battersea Business Centre
99-109 Lavender Hill,
London SW11 5QL
Tel: 020 7924 2931