Join us for an evening with creative powerhouse Carrie Collins, who is best known for revolutionizing the world of fanny packs and utility belts, and being a master at all things sewn. She is the inventor of the U-Lock Holster and was part of the new wave of industrial designers exploring sustainable design. Her handmade business, Fabric Horse, dares people to expand their imaginations socially, creatively, and philosophically while staying dedicated to domestic manufacturing.
Carrie will share how she has built her life living and working as an artist and maker. She will talk about the challenges of combining her personal practice with the commercial world and the ways that she uses her skills to live an intentional life, bridging gaps and platforms in order to maintain creative integrity. She has taught sewing workshops around the US and abroad, including in Jamaica and remote villages in Zambia. Through sewing, she has also prototyped numerous products, created original sets and costumes for television (including over thirty custom cat costumes and wigs for NBC), and created sculptural works of art for galleries. She teaches design at Philadelphia University and studies Ving Tsun Kung Fu and natural medicine.