Brandice Taylor-Davis is a fashion design teacher, artist, and entrepreneur based in New York City. After seeing a need in the community for children and young adults to learn how to sew she developed I’m Sew Dope! The educational service launched in 2018 at the UCC in Newark through grant funding. It is our mission to make sewing lessons and art lessons accessible to anyone who wants to learn regardless of their path in life or socioeconomic status.
Learning a new skill and being able to see the real-time physical results builds self esteem and confidence in students. We empower our students by teaching them the art of sewing and pattern making, a variety of crafting techniques as well as what it takes to be an artist in business.
We have been fortunate enough to be awarded the coveted NeON Arts grant 3 times in 2019 NeON Arts is a collaboration between Carnegie Hall and the New York City Department of Probation. We have also been selected to teach virtually for the NeON summer youth program for the summer of 2020.
I'm Sew Dope! offers unique sewing lessons, art lessons, and creative business classes that are designed to teach our students the basics of sewing and how to create and sustain a viable creative business. While the main focus our educational services is for our students to learn a new skill they are also practicing team work, entrepreneurship, decision making and math skills - all while expressing their artistic abilities. Students are introduced to the Law of Attraction and The Butterfly Effect - two life changing principles that Brandice suggests to her life coaching clients.
During the I’m Sew Dope! series of sewing lessons students learn basic sewing skills and how to design their own clothing patterns in order to achieve professional results. Students also learn the functions of the sewing machine and how to trouble shoot basic sewing machine issues. Throughout the workshop students complete several sewing projects and by the end of the course they are able to sew and design on their own.
In our crafting and art classes students can learn a variety of things like jewelry making, up-cycling clothing, beading, painting and more. In addition during all of our workshops we teach our students the business tips they need to start their own fashion based business and are now offering a workshop that specifically teaches students how to start a business from scratch entitled - The Business of Creativity.