For those of you who've been watching me on Project Runway, you probably know by now that my favorite part of the experience has been the opportunity to work alongside so many incredibly talented designers. Something very powerful happens when you have the opportunity to challenge each other, to laugh together and to learn from one another. I truly believe that having all of those different perspectives and artistic voices around you help to make you a better designer ... and a better person.
Buzz & Growl is a way to keep that energy alive and to provide fashion designers and seamstresses with new opportunities for professional and personal growth. This unique co-op will provide designers, students, contractors and anyone with an enthusiasm for sewing with access to professional equipment. Equally importantly, it will create a supportive environment for continual learning and self-improvement through workshops, studio space and contract services for little to no charge.
Most designers don't have access to costly professional equipment or space to create proper, sellable work. Many of us end up sewing with improper tools, in cramped kitchens and bedrooms, and quite often working alone, with no feedback or assistance. So many promising designers' careers are stunted by this lack of resources.
But it doesn't have to be that way. I'm committed to seeing Buzz & Growl create new opportunities for designers and seamstresses not only in Cleveland but throughout the Midwest and beyond. Your generous support will help us cover the basic rent and utility expenses for Buzz & Growl during its first year so that we can concentrate our time and energy on making the co-op all that it can be: a truly inspirational place where members can work on their own projects, learn professional standards, develop sustainable business models and grow through collaboration.
I hope you'll join me in making Buzz & Growl a reality. Your contribution will make a very powerful difference in the lives of many, many fashion artists, as we work to build the buzz of their talent and aspiration into the growl of true success.
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