by Chris WIlliams Neueville College of Arts
Building self-confidence 

through sewing and textile arts.

 For teens, fashion is an important means of expression to their peers and the rest of the world about who they are and what's important to them. Neu-Life runs a Fashion Club as an after-school program at High School of the Arts where they can take that self expression into their own hands through sewing, tie dye, jewelry making and more.

Neu-Life sat down with Fashion Club Coordinator, Darla Honeycutt to talk about where the idea for Fashion Club came from, what the kids get out of club participation, and her advice for creating awesome, youth-driven programming.

Q & A
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NL: What is Fashion Club? 

DH: An arts and fashion workshop geared towards Milwaukee’s youth.

Where did the idea for Fashion Club come from? 

DH: From the first workshop I knew that young people had an interest in creating art and fashion. The way their faces lit up made me want to bring Fashion Club to more youth right away.

What does a typical day of activities look like at Fashion Club? 

DH: A typical day is planned prior to the actual workshop. Our projects could range from Denim Distressing to Sewing or Tie Dying clothing & accessories. Fashion Club also offers private sewing lessons for youth. 

What do participants learn in Fashion Club? 

DH: Not only do the fashionistas of the Club learn to design but they walk away feeling more confident and eager to create more. Ironing and hand sewing are a couple more skills that the participants walk away with. 

What motivates you to do this kind of work? 

DH: When I was a teenager, this program would have changed my life. My aim is to provide an outlet for youth to create and be praised for their work and effort. They don’t get that often enough. 

Do you have any advice for others on how to create meaningful and relevant youth programming? 

DH: My advice is simple. Be who you needed when you were younger... Love, Miss Darla

About Miss Darla
Darla Honeycutt is a Milwaukee native with 8 years of Fashion Design experience, specializing in denim fashions. Her brand, Dee Denim offers customized denim apparel to customers in the U.S., as well as the United Kingdom & Brazil. After seeing how much youth enjoy fashion design, Darla took Dee Denim to the playground to teach creativity skills like stonewashing & tie dyeing. Darla is currently a third year college student pursuing her BA in Business Management. She plans to open her own studio that will provide a creative outlet for urban Milwaukee youth. 

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