About Andrea

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Andrea Bailey was born in Victoria, B.C. but has lived across Canada. She moved to Port Alberni May 31, 2017 to be close to her grandchildren and is excited about teaching children and teens in the Alberni Valley! After briefly attending Camosun College and the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia she realized that she was drawn back to her unique artistic talents that she now focuses her career around.

Her accomplishments over the past 29 years are numerous. She created a wonderful line of children’s clothing; designs one-of-a-kind wearable art clothing and accessories (under the name Andrea’s Awsum Creations); and has been commissioned to design and produce personal garments. She has displayed her own work at shows like those exhibited by the Canadian Quilters’ Association, and at the Victoria Art Gallery. She co-organized local fashion shows for designers of one-of-a-kind wearable art clothing through her company “Exclusively Yours Fashion Shows and Sales”, and enjoyed organizing yearly fashions shows for the students she taught in Victoria.

Since 1991, Andrea has focused her time on sharing her passion for creating, by teaching daily sewing classes to children, teens and adults. The ability to create something like clothing has been a great self-esteem builder for many of her students. For those who don’t really fall into the “normal” academic or athletic stream, classes like Andrea’s have changed a child’s outlook on themselves, and on life. Her photo albums are full of pictures of past students’ projects. Several of Andrea’s students have gone on to study fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, at Ryerson University in Toronto, and the Costume and Theatre Design course in North Vancouver.

Her training and experience has come from many avenues, including: taking many courses, classes and workshops; working at Sawyer’s Sewing Centre, in Victoria, teaching customers how to use their sewing machines; and the many sewing machine reps at Sawyer’s Sewing Centre. Her students (children, teens, and adults) have pushed her to learn far more than she ever imagined!

Andrea’s classes are taught in a classroom in her home in the Echo area of Port Alberni.

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