The team at Market 13 digs into the real life story of Miranda, founder of Sew Psyched.
My name is Miranda and I’m Sew-Psyched. My business is a multi-prospect, sewing service company that is taking fast fashion to a smarter future. Sew-Psyched aims to promote the importance of recycling and up-cycling materials while creating a closer community one stitch at a time. Run by me, a single mother with 10+ years of experience in sewing, fashion, modelling and event management.
1. Tell us about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?
I like to think that I am endless creativity, movement, and love. I am constantly pulled to the unfamiliar, which is like a gem waiting to be dug up. I love meeting people from all walks of life, I love taking on a challenge, and I shall never stop learning. Fashion in general can be daunting, and broad especially when you think of the materialist side of the fashion world, but in another way, it is very uplifting, fun, artistic and inspiring. I look at a piece of clothing, old fabric, buttons, zippers, thread, old jewellery and up-cycle, reshape, and reuse these materials. Transforming them into something more loved, more lasting, practical and or meaningful in the end reducing the amount going into the landfill of our fragile ecosystem.
2. How did your business start and why?
Nothing lasts forever. To put it very boldly, my business started because of the fact that the materialistic culture of consumerism is like humanitarian suicide an ecological warfare. Thinking about the injustices in free trade and fast fashion... the world's total contribution of the collapse of our healthy mother earth of which we depend on for survival is a monstrosity. I try my best to promote up-cycling, clothing exchange and repairs as well as use of second hand / donated fabric as a way to reduce this barbaric contribution.
3. Describe a typical day in your life.
I like to think I am more productive than I really am. I have an incredible plethora of ideas that I want to bring to life, but in reality, I am a taking care of a 6 years old human being that I'm trying to teach everyday that the ways of the world are lived differently everywhere. While running a local business on my own, balancing my sanity and what it is to be a single mom, I think I'm am doing pretty well on a typical day.
4. What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?
The biggest challenge personally was experiencing first hand what an abusive relationship was, what childhood trauma can do to someone, what narcissism and manipulation looks like... & creating firm boundaries to walk away from what was no longer serving me for the good in my life. Walking away for my own personal mental health. Self-care, Love yourself first. You are worthy. You are loved and deserving.
5. Who would you describe as a role model and why?
Role models are endless, they change as you grow, I have had many in my life already. First it was my brother who taught me to worry less about my physical appearance and made me think outside the box of the mainstream and immediate influences in our lives. It then became Emma Goldman, a Russian Jewish social communist anarchist who fought and protested and spoke out for human rights, women's rights, worker's rights and more and died with integrity, a life fulfilled. Since, as I am older now, I have been trying to be my own role model, better yet, a role model for my daughter. The reasons why are evident.
6. Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.
I am a performer. I danced in competitions from age 5-12, and I am a poet.
7. What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?
Everyone has their way with coping with struggles and difficulties, I like to take that energy and put it forth towards something productive.. I like to write, exercise, dance, sing, read... get into the flow of something and rewind. OR just take a nice hot bath with your favorite music.
8. What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).
( Creator ) in many forms.