Meet Phoebe (she/they), one of our lovely Fulfillment Team Members!
Self-described as a ‘chaotic lil’ bean’, Phoebe can be found on our fulfillment floor, busy as a bee working on different odd jobs between cutting and packing fabric. If you’ve shopped our remnants or hardware kits, it’s probably packed by Phoebe!
Outside of work, she can be found hanging out with their two little miniature poodles, Posy and Freddie and studying for her BFA in theatre. Or, planning for their next frog-themed tattoo!
Come along as we ask Phoebe a few questions on their sewing journey and social causes that she’s passionate about!
Tell us about your sewing journey! How and when did you learn how to sew?
My mum taught me how to sew when I was 8 on her ancient Singer. She used to make Halloween costumes for all my siblings and I. I wanted to learn because it looked fun and I had very specific design ideas for the patterns I wanted her to make. I took a few extracurricular classes when I was about 11 or 12 and then had a mentorship with a fashion designer through an elementary school program. She taught me a lot about making block prints and fabric dyeing techniques, something I'd love to do more of soon! I am also taking more sewing and costume construction classes in University for my theatre degree!
What do you listen to while you sew?
I love listening to podcasts or having tv shows on in the background while I sew. Recently I've been listening to a lot of Sawbones, a medical history (and currently some more recent medical issues) podcast. It manages to be informative and funny at the same time! I also love D&D podcasts, if anyone has any recommendations, let me know!
What's a social cause that you are passionate about?
I'm very passionate about many social causes! I care deeply about the environment, the impact we're having on it, and what we can do to help reverse and/or mitigate the damage. As a queer person, I advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and gender equality. I was born and raised in Canada and I believe reconciliation for our past and ongoing actions, access to all social services and healthcare without racial biases, and respect and honour for the Indigenous peoples and their land that we call home is incredibly important. A very personal cause for me is how important it is to destigmatize mental illness and focus on making mental healthcare more readily available. The list goes on and on, I tried to write them all out but I ran out of space! I think it's vital to stand up for the things you believe in and that are important if you can!
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