Teacher Feature | ANITA MCADAM OF STUDIO FARO October 31, 2017 13:45

teacher feature:

INTRODUCING ANITA McADAM OF STUDIO FARO

IN THE WORLD OF FASHION DESIGN, ANITA NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. AS DIRECTOR OF STUDIO FARO, WE ARE INCREDIBLY LUCKY TO PARTNER WITH THIS INDUSTRY LEADER, OFFERING EXPERT TUITION ACROSS THE SPECIALIST AREA OF PATTERN MAKING.
WE ASKED ANITA TO TELL US A BIT ABOUT HER STORY AND PASSION.

an introduction

For the past 35 years I have worked as a designer/patternmaker and educator in Australia, the UK and parts of Asia.  But it wasn’t until I returned to Australia that I realised how much I had learnt in my time overseas.  With that knowledge I saw the perfect opportunity to focus on the areas that I love so much; product development and teaching.

how did you start Studio Faro?

In 2001 when I returned to Australia from the UK I decided to set up in Sydney and found an amazing warehouse studio space to lease in St Peters, seen in the photo below. It was this beautiful space that inspired me to combine both my industry freelancing and teaching in a small business and so Studio Faro was created. I was lucky enough to have this studio for eight years before having to move onto my Marrickville studio.  More recently I’ve moved the studio to Coolamon in rural NSW and I’m loving the country experience.

Former Studio Faro studio at St Peters, Sydney

what do you love about your work?

It’s the creative and garment making aspects of my work that I love the most.  Whether I’m cutting new patterns for an industry client or teaching others to cut those patterns there is no end to my fascination with product development.  In particular it’s the attention you bring to that finely balanced set of variables that make an excellent garment.  Well balanced design, accurate and creative pattern making and the appropriate use of materials.

which projects do you enjoy the most?

Oh, this is a hard one to answer.  My favourite kind of project is the design brief that puts forward a specific need that I can answer with creative design and pattern making.  Projects that spring to mind are men’s trousers for wheelchair users, corporate uniforms for gym instructors, a men’s full body rashie/wetsuit, maternity product for new mums, uniform design concepts for a fast food chain, promotional garments for the new season release of homewares textiles…I could go on and on!! See more of this inspiring work at Anita McAdam Designs .

on teaching

My most memorable teaching experience will always be that 'aha!' moment a student has when they see pattern making as both a creative and logical process.

Practice your skill over and over again - you’ll always learn something new no matter how often you do it.  And the best place to start is by making your own clothes.  Nothing communicates your passion more than having faith in your own creations.

by Anita McAdam

looking for more?

For a treasure trove of in depth tips, pics and worksheets, check out Anita's fascinating blog 'Well Suited'. Join the conversation with other designers and pattern makers via Studio Faro Makers on Facebook and field those tricky questions to the experts! Studio Faro is active across all the major social media platforms - click on the icons below!                     




studio faro classes

Basic pattern making for
dresses

A one-day workshop to develop your understanding of pattern making and the fitted dress block. Ideal if you would like to create your own patterns professionally or personally!

Fitting commercial patterns for trousers

A one-day workshop  demonstrating how to make changes to commercial trouser patterns to improve the overall fit and balance.


Jersey twist
patterns

A half-day drape pattern making class focused on how to cut and fit jersey twist patterns, including demonstrations on the cut & paste and pivoting method used to create this special look.