A little bit about my career as a
sewing teacher, designer, consultant and vintage seamstress
My Name is Jax Black (short for Jacqueline) and I have taught sewing and pattern cutting for costume and fashion for over 25 years at the University of the Arts / London College of Fashion,
I am still on UAL's books as an associate lecturer.
I have an HND in Costume Design which I studied for after my 3 children went to school ( after leaving school with no qualifiactions due to Dyslexia )
I also have a PGCE in Higher Education which I gained at the ripe age of 50
one of the highlights of my teaching journey was to be awarded the 'White Square' teaching award for excellence in teaching in 2013 voted for by the students at LCF. collecting that prize was a day I will always remember,
such a huge honour especially as I shared the stage with Bruce Oldfield who was also collecting an award.To be nominated a second time and received a highly commended was the icing on the cake
I fell in love with sewing and creating by being obsessed with vintage fashions from a very early age, way before it became fashionable I have spent many years and far too much money collecting and studying vintage fabrics, sewing patterns, habidashery and books to develop my knowlege of classic sewing and pattern cutting tecniques which in turn led to my private practice as a bespoke vintage dressmaker AKA 'Mrs Bee Vintage dressmaker'
Some of my claims to fame in the costume and fashion world...
I specialised in creating 15th and 16th Century collars and cuffs on leaving University and I have met and worked with some amazing Costume designers being asked to recreate historical pieces as close to originals as possible, some of my favorite free lance costume jobs original 20th century garments, either restoring or altering them for the principle actors in a way that they can be returned to their original glorious vintage state.
Vintage fashions have been my passion and hobbie for as long as I can remeber and after gaining enough knowledge and skill my private parctice became making bespoke Couture level gowns as these are an expensive commision due to time, fabrics and skill level requirent it often fell that I was vintage inspired wedding dresses for the bride that wanted to feel very special in a dress totally inspired by them
I have worked behind the TV camera as a sewing consultant on
The Great British sewing Bee (series 4 )
I had my 15 minutes of fame in front of the camera as a vintage sewing expert and advisor in the Ch4 vintage sewing and make over series 'This Old Thing' with Dawn O'Porter ( still available on prime tv ) book of the series available on Amazon. the spin off from the series was Dawn created a fashion lable called 'BOB' and I was very pleased to become her design consultant, a big move for me into the world of fashion manufacturing , pursuading fashion manufactures to create garments with a vintage dressmaking ethic, such as larger seam allowanaces and bound hems and good high quality fabrics.
I try and do as much voluntary work as I can and one of my outstanding voluntary career moments was being invited to fly off to Jorden to teach Sirian refugee children to sew in 100% heat at the Zaatari refugee camp. A story for another time .
lets just say my sewing journey has been varied and as well as creating my own projects I have taught and worked with costume and fashion students from all over the world with the most astonishing talent helping them to create their own individual designs and concepts whilst they studied at UAL/LCF... many of those students are now big talents in the world of fashion and costume design and textile art
@atsukokudolatex @hazaaroflondon @ronniejuniormcdonald @montague_ede @rosefulbright @xphaiea
to name just a few
I now love and live in Ramsgate having moved here on the very first day of lockdown, but not letting that stop me I was determined to open a sewing school in Ramsgate to pass on all I have learned over the years at Uni and in life and hopefully encourage stitchers of all abilities to push themselves a little further in their sewing skills .
I have been voluntering at Arts in Ramsgate all this time when lock down has allowed and will be continuing that in their new premises in the high street on a Friday morning
the actual studio may no longer be available but It's Sew Ramsgate sewing school and sessions are still going strong Popping up all over Ramsgate...
I would love to be part of your sewing journey if you'll let me, so please get in touch if you want to learn how to sew properly in a friendly atmosphere
I look forward to meeting and working with you