Sarah Brown – Project Coordinator
Sarah is an embroidery designer from the UK. Trained in Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art (BA) and Embroidery at MMU (BA Hons.), she also studied a postgraduate diploma in Creative Business Development, learning the skills to build a livelihood based on a creative output. Prior to launching Stitch, Sarah worked as a visual artist creating stitch based works for international exhibition and freelance lecturing throughout the UK, as well as having a permanent position lecturing in textiles at Leeds College of Art. Sarah is passionate about both the tangible and intangible effects of creative practice.
Sarah started Stitch after visiting Sainte Luce in summer 2011 to volunteer on Azafady’s Conservation Programme and seeing the lack of opportunities for young women in the village. She masterminded this sustainable embroidery charity project and is currently based in Sainte Luce full time.
Amour Paula – Project Assistant
Paula has been working with Stitch from the outset, initially during phase I as Translator and during Phases II and III as Project Assistant. Educated in Antananarivo, the capital, Paula developed her English and French language skills in her previous employment, working front of house in the hospitality industry in Fort Dauphin. Now an accomplished embroiderer herself, Paula continues to assist the students with practical, creative and emotional support. A Malagasy single mum who is able to support her family, Paula is a wonderful role model for young women in the community who regularly ask her for informal advice on a range of matters. Paula is currently based in Sainte Luce full time.
Tegan was International Volunteer Coordinator in the SEED Madagascar London Office from October 2013 to 2015, and has since remained a voluntary member of the Stitch team.
Tegan has a passion for this embroidery charity project, she loves Stitch and is an indispensable member of the team. Tegan gives up many weekends to attend embroidery shows, speaking at events, spreading the love of Stitch and she is also an important customer!
Jessica Turner – Stitch Intern
Jessica has been the Stitch volunteer since September 2014. She completed her Master’s in Transnational Studies at UCL in September 2015. She visited Madagascar with World Challenge when she was 16 and completely fell in love with the beautiful island.