Irene Stickney is the head designer, seamstress and project lead of PACTFashion. As the owner of and instructor at The Make Den, a sewing studio in Toronto, she feels fortunate to be able to help people realize their crafty dreams. From making a first pencil case to developing a university quality fashion portfolio, Irene feels good knowing that she is helping to make the world a craftier place.
Irene was a founding member of a really awesome arts collective/bicycle gang called The Deadly Nightshades. As a collective, they were voted “Toronto’s Fashion Hero’s” by NOW Magazine in 2008 and “Canada’s Most Fashionable Biker Gang” by the Genteel in 2012. Their latest project is Fabric Bike, a short film by the Nightshades (shot at The Make Den) which toured 30+ cities around the world including New York, Paris, London and Tokyo with the Bicycle Film Festival in 2011. Fabric Bike received accolades from the likes of Opening Ceremony and The Genteel.
After attending Ryerson for Fashion Design, Irene worked in production at Jones New York and then as an alterationist at 69 Vintage. Irene spent as much time in school helping others with their projects as she did on her own and definitely found her calling as a special and caring teacher and mentor.
PACTFashion is a hands-on sewing and design school for at-risk and underserved youth across the Greater Toronto Area, where they gain practical design, sewing and alteration skills, while working towards the ultimate goal of completing a finished garment or accessory that is donated to selected worthy recipients from across Toronto. This project also culminates in a special fashion show and graduation celebration where all the hard work is put on display for friends and family to appreciate.
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Please feel free to contact Irene:
info (at) themakeden.com