Cultivate Your Inner Artisan with Laura Tanzer

Tucson designer Laura Tanzer is opening up a new creative venture where she will guide participants through the very basics to advanced sewing and craft techniques. LearnCraftSew located at 410 N. Toole Ave. in Tucson will carry kits that contain everything you need to start sewing and creating, as well as on-demand, live and custom courses and workshops.

Her love of her craft has inspired her to seek beauty in her work and share it with the world, also allowing others to enjoy her inspiration.

“First, I am an artist, and as such, I must have beauty around me, and I must create as much beauty as I possibly can,” says Laura in a previous interview with AZJL. “It happens that my artistic expression is three-dimensional and personal, and I sculpt with textiles. The human form has always been the most fascinating form for artists, and that will never change. We also are amazingly creative individuals, who just want to represent ourselves to our own best advantage. I merely engineer the clothing that helps others to present themselves in their best light.”

She attended the Parsons School of Design and honed her technical skills at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she graduated with honors. Subsequently, she worked in the New York City fashion district before acquiring a master’s degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Her interest in the fundamentals of creating a sustainable practice brought her to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Natural Resources and the Environment, where she also worked as a teaching associate and adjunct professor.

The first workshop will be Creative Mending, a three-hour workshop held on Saturday afternoon Sept. 18 and 25. The class will accommodate six people in person and six on Zoom. The cost is $35 and will include a mending kit.

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