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Seamwork Radio: The Proud Sewist with Matthew Holloway

Growing up in Oklahoma, Matthew always had the sense that he wasn’t “normal.” As he grew up, he began to ask questions. What’s wrong with being interested in “feminine” things? And what does it say about how we view women?

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Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.



October 22, 2015 #

Great episode! Thank you for sharing your story, Matthew!


October 22, 2015 #

What a fantastic episode! Matthew sounds like such a warm, wonderful person. I think he really hit the nail on the head with some of the reasons more men don’t sew. Gender stereotyping is bad for everyone, not just girls and women! I have a son (age 9) and a daughter (age 7) and I’m teaching them both to sew, as far as their interest takes them.
It’s interesting that there is a national push to improve K-12 education in STEM subjects at the same time that the maker movement and creative entrepreneurship is exploding. I wish we could re-introduce domestic subjects in K-12 education, along with all the emphasis on STEM, as essential life skills, not silly hobbies for girls.
Thanks so much for this lovely, thought-provoking interview.


October 25, 2015 #

I can relate to Matthew’s comments on going into an extended size store and the selection is abysmal. In my case, it’s petite sizes, but I felt like what he said was what I could say.

This entire series has been a joy to listen to. It’s great that the focus is on the person’s journey in life seen through the lense of sewing compared to sewing with a side of life.