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We believe that stronger communities help us be happier and more resilient. So our project is about coming together, sharing our stories and skills, encouraging and supporting each other as we create textile artworks.

Creative sewing
Quilt with flower design
Learn to sew at Sew Happy
Creative community sewing classes
Sew Happy Quilt making

Meet our team

Ann Poulsen - Project Leader Sew Happy

Ann Poulsen
Project Leader

Ann is a well-know member of the creative community of west Auckland, having exhibited her work and been involved in community creative projects for nearly two decades. Working with local groups during lockdown, Ann came to realize that building community is a creative act we need in order to survive. She has launched Sew Happy to bring people together to meet their neighbours, make new friends and feel more connected as a community.

Lina Castro - Project Tutor Sew Happy

Lina Castro
Project Tutor

Originally from Colombia, where she trained as an industrial designer, Lina arrived here six years ago. Lockdown gave her time to continue developing her practice of contemporary embroidery, leading to Lina changing her career and becoming a community arts worker.  Experienced in working with all ages and skill levels, Lina loves sharing her stitching skills to help our sewing bee members realize their ideas in fabric and thread.

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