My great grandmother was a Jewish immigrant from Russia who worked as a seamstress in New York's garment district. She passed her skills on to my mother who taught me to sew when I was young. I honed those skills in college studying costume design and theater history and working in theater costume shops.
Post college I worked as a fashion writer and then moved into corporate apparel where I had the opportunity to travel the world researching trends and developing products for Levi's. But my dream was always to return to basics - to have my hands on the fabrics and to create my own designs, my art.
I created Sewing through Fog in 2021 to reconnect with my first love and family tradition — the art of sewing — in the foggy city I call home. Leaving a 15-year career in the apparel and textile industry (and a front seat to the rise of fast fashion), I was craving craftmanship, handmade, local and zero-waste where possible.
And then I found quilting, where my sewing and textile knowledge naturally led me to make quilts as art, as apparel, as functional decor; mixing vintage and upcycled textiles, turning scraps back into fabric.
And I realized my unique expertise and passion could be shared and, just maybe, inspire you to use repurposed and upcycled fabrics in your quilty projects.
My promise to you: I will never be perfect, but I will always infuse my authenticity, big heart and medium silliness in everything I do.
Akira "The Fuzz" Kittysawa
She was, and will always be, the fuzz of our lives.
In loving memory...