So my real life CV as a scientist/entrepreneur is quite errm ‘dry’ to say the least. So I have laid out here a blogging CV detailing all the pertinent information that I believe makes me a good sewing blogger:
Hi I’m Jo Alcindor, I live in Melbourne and I would like to blog for you. This fledgling blog of mine has only been going for just under a month, but this is not my first try! I have started a blog before and quite frankly found the process clunky and counterintuitive. That was when I was hosted by Blogger, and had to host my photos on a Flickr account.
Last year however I had to design a website for my company and that is when I discovered WordPress! It is amazing and user friendly and having made friends with it I decided to take the leap and try blogging again.
Now, what I lack in blogging experience I make up for in enthusiasm and motivation. I would like the chance to reach more people and get to know more sewers. I want the challenge of sewing garments in a way that really sells the pattern and to be able to show others what I can do. Especially as I plan to design a range of my own sewing patterns one day.
I also work part-time which leaves plenty of time for sewing and blogging.
I have been sewing for over five years now and I am a part time fashion student studying pattern making. I have sewn dresses, pants, skirts and jackets, blouses, T-shirts and baby clothes. I’ve tried my hand at a few quilts and have even upholstered an armchair. I am also lucky to have a dedicated sewing space where I can sew in peace without commandeering the dining table.
I also love fashion and I follow fashion blogs and read magazines to keep up to date with trends where I can. I’m not a slave to fashion, I keep in mind what suits me and my personal style, but I love examining the details of garments on the catwalk to look for inspiration.
While my career as a scientist was not sewing or blogging related it was very hands on. I am used to carrying out practical work (in this case lab work) and reporting it clearly so that others can repeat my work later. I have also developed excellent skills in communication, team work and being self-motivated while working in large teams of scientists from many different disciplines.
I also love engaging with others, especially when it is about my passions. I have a bit of a writing past having contributed to a glam rock fanzine when I was a teenager. I interviewed bands and reviewed albums and EP’s. I have also been a tutor at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild here in Melbourne.
I have been a fairly early adopter of some social media platforms, I joined Facebook back when you had to be at a university to sign up and I was the 6563 person to join Ravelry when there are now over four million users. I am also an avid user of Pinterest with 86 followers.
I have had a twitter account for over two years but I have only used it quite sparingly until recently. I now use it regularly along with Google+ and more recently Instagram to promote my blog. I can count Julia Gillard as one of my followers on Twitter, but that is probably only because I followed her first 😉
I love photography, I have a Canon EOS 60D digital SLR and back when I was in the UK I took an evening class to better understand my camera. I am adept with photoshop elements and have also used iDraw as a good but cheap vector drawing package, having designed my company logo with it.
Thank you for reading this far! I hope I sound like someone you’d like to get to know and maybe even feel that you’d be happy to have me represent you.
I discovered Stitch 56 a few months ago and have been meaning to put in an order, however I had been concentrating on drafting my own patterns at the time. I am impressed with the website and the variety of patterns and notions on offer. I would love to be a part of your team and to also meet another sewer with as much passion for the craft as me.