Hello friends! We know this is a particularly challenging time and at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology we hope to make it a little brighter by fostering some connections and sharing good news among our art, design and small business communities. One way we’re doing that is a new feature we call @Home with… And for our first installment, we spotted Designer Nabeela Najjar making something beautiful at a time when masks and staying healthy are top of mind.
@Home with Nabeela Najjar
Nabeela Najjar is best known as SeamstressBeela. She is a Detroit-based fashion and costume designer. We caught up with her after we noticed Najjar using her talents to create elaborate floral masks during a time of self-quarantine. It’s one way she’s passing time she awaits materials to help sew masks to donate to local health care workers. Here’s what we learned about SeamstressBeela:
DCDT: Where are working from these days?
NN: “Luckily. I have a sewing studio in my home. I’ve been spending most of my days in there sewing with all this free time.”
DCDT: Tell us about the floral masks we’re seeing on your Instagram feed.
NN: “A friend of mine who is a part of this small union called Autonomous Design Union reached out to me about making masks to donate to local medical workers. They’re supplying materials, and while I’ve been waiting to receive them, I had the idea to create a mask in my style! I’m always inspired by florals so with everything going on I just wanted to make something pretty and bright to take some negativity away!”
DCDT: What’s the best part about working from home?
NN: “I love working from home. My studio is there and I have most of what I need.”
DCDT: What’s the hardest part?
NN: “The hardest I would say is not being able to sketch at the Belle Isle Conservatory because its where I get most of my inspiration from.”
DCDT: What digital platforms are you using most at this time?
NN: “Email right now! My work doesn’t call for video meetings but I do FaceTime my friends on my phone.”
DCDT: What’s your favorite option for delivery or carry-out?
NN: “I’ve actually been eating at home. But have my eye on Mabel Grey’s takeout right now.”
DCDT: How are you spending extra time?
NN: “Honestly I have been sewing as much as I can. I am addicted to word searches! I’ve been trying to listen to more music than binge on Netflix. FKJ has been my music of the moment.”
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