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 SEED’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
“The best thing about working at Stitch is being in the studio everyday. I love working with our embroiderers and seeing the beautiful new designs they make” 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!
Orla Sheridan - Womens' Livelihood Specialist
Orla joined us in Sainte Luce as our Womens’ Livelihood Specialist and is helping to support and guide the Stitch embroidery cooperative towards independence, as well as expanding domestic markets and developing new local routes to market for Stitch products. Orla has qualifications in Fine Art and Global Development so is perfectly suited to this role which combines her love of both.
Rebecca Dallimore - Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator
Based in the London office, Rebecca began working with Stitch in June 2017 with the goal of sharing the wares of the Stitch Sainte Luce embroiderers with the UK and international markets to help raise the profile and build out the capacity of the cooperative. Rebecca runs regular market events across the UK and is focusing on building longer-term retail partnerships with like-minded boutiques and e-commerce platforms to increase the sustainability of the Stitch Sainte Luce cooperative business plan. With degrees in Environmental Science and Management as well as five years experience in sustainability consulting and marketing Rebecca is combining her skills and passion for Stitch to ensure the longevity and success of the project.