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Meet the Ladies: Serena Anderson

March 25, 2013

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Using clothing that once belonged to her family members, Serena Anderson created an entirely hand-sewn quilted heirloom representing three generations.  She was inspired by a memory quilt making workshop at Paul’s Place in Southwest Baltimore. Paul’s Place is a multi-faceted community center that ”provides programs, services and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth.” It was there that she met community artist Hannah Brancato, who encouraged her to join Mother Made.

 

Serena’s role in Mother Made has had a positive ripple effect in her life.  She is now in charge of handling clothing and homeware donations at Paul’s Place Marketplace, and also trains volunteers. Serena is so inspiring to the group because she enthusiastically seeks out learning opportunities.  She has taken computer classes at Paul’s Place, workshops from the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, and has recently taken an active role in assisting with grant-writing.  Serena says that she enjoys the opportunity to share skills and interact with our diverse group at Mother Made.

 

Serena Anderson has been a core leader for over a year.  Beginning with learning how to use a sewing machine, she has combined her new found skills with her creativity.  Early on in our training program, Serena learned how to make an apron, the rest is history.  Her unique fabric combinations and styles were met with great enthusiasm which led her to create her own business, Serena’s Custom Aprons.  Each of her aprons are one of a kind, with variations such as cell phone pockets, waterproof fabric, and matching headwraps.  Serena’s aprons have been sold at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar, the Women’s Industrial Exchange, and are available by contacting her directly at customapronsbyserena@gmail.com.  Find her on facebook, too!

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