This is another installment in our series of interviews with student groups at Wesleyan.
Two of Rama’s finished sewing projects
For this interview, I sat down with Rama Al Nakib ’16, co-founder of Westitch, to talk about the group’s history, how it is currently structured, and the creative process.
What is Westitch?
Westitch is a do-it-yourself collective. We teach sewing, knitting, and clothing construction from scratch material or old items. My partner, Nicole Roman-Johnson ’16, handles the knitting part of the group.
How was Westitch founded?
Over the summer I was going through the list of extracurriculars because I wanted to join clubs. I’d already been sewing and like cutting up my own clothes really low key since high school but I really wanted to make it a thing that people would do here, because I know a lot of people are interested. So I signed up for a table at the club fair. We applied for funding through the WSA, which we used to buy machines, fabric, and lots of other supplies.
Tonight at 8 pm, we’ll be gathering in the UOC fun for some DIY fun and finals stress-relief. Mr. Anne Goose McDonald’s will be leading a workshop to build a basic theremin controlled with light! And then we’ll plug them all into a mixer and try to broadcast a brief performance with our baby fm transmitter on 103.5 fm. It’s gonna be awesome.
7:30: Get there early! Help set up! Get a head start on your theremin
8:00: Official workshop start time
9:00: Broadcast performance! Tune in on 103.5 if you can’t make the workshop
Tooth Pun and Miss Chef
Date: Tonight, May 14 Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Place: UOC, 190 High Street