Linda Varela – Varela Threads

“I feel that creativity comes in many forms and showing children how they too can become a work of art through their clothing can be a personal experience that will enhance self-esteem.”

Linda Varela has worked in costumes for movie, TV and theatre productions.  She earned a Fashion Design certificate from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA and has worked closely with a number of designers.  Linda’s boutique, the Artisan’s Lair was located in Long Beach, CA for ten years.  At this location she featured the work of a number of other artists as well as her own and provided access to custom alterations, including wedding dresses.  Her “store within a store”, Varela Threads, was located in the Summer House Design store in Port Townsend, WA featured her own creations as well as imports from Latin America.  Some of the places where her work has been featured include Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Haute Handbags, Somerset Wedding, the Art Doll Quarterly and Bead and Button magazines.

Linda has sewn since the age of 11. After winning a contest for construction and design and being awarded outstanding design student at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, she earned a Fashion Design Certificate. Linda has worked at the South Coast Repertory Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, UCI Costume Shop and the ‘Babylon 5’ Sci-fi series. This life long passion and skill for creating with cloth is something she shares with all her private homeschool students as well as her students at Makersville.