I’ve always felt most naturally connected to my sense of touch and the satisfaction that comes from creating something with my own hands. This, plus an inherent love for fabric and good design, led me to study at The College of Textiles at NC State, specifically focusing on textile design and apparel product development. I became fascinated by every step in the production process and the ability that we have to turn a conceptual idea into a tangible reality. Having made a new home in the Rocky Mountains, I feel fortunate to live in such a talented, creative community. I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with The Whole Works and I’m looking forward to empowering other local entrepreneurs and changing the way that textile goods are designed and produced!
Thorne Warner is attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City , Utah. His studies are focused on attaining a degree in business with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in art. Working as The Whole Works intern since August of 2014, he has participated in discussions with The Whole Works partners which have allowed him to be up close and personal with the development of a new enterprise. Having been raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, Thorne is cognizant of the complexities and differences of the economies and character in the valley which helps in strategically thinking about The Whole Works.
I love sewing so much that I do it for a living. Every part of the process: the organization, the steps and the final result are very therapeutic for me. The fact that I’m in an environment where I can create items that someone else will wear is always exciting.
Being a part of the whole works family is a dream job come true that allows me to thrive in a fast growing global industry, while contributing to our local economy. What’s more rewarding than this?
Katie Ann Varley
I believe in life you are extremely lucky to find that perfect “niche” in life. Most people find it in a hobby but for me I found it and made it into a career. I have many reasons to love sewing but my top is helping people create their art.
Today we people are very unique and individual, we love to be set apart from one another, we crave the attention. We love to express ourselves whether it be with hair, makeup, tattoos, cars, or fashion and I love being apart of that creativity. For me the most rewarding thing is to see something I’ve made worn by someone (whether I know them or not) and see how they’ve transformed it into their style. Everyone deserves to show the world who they are and I’m PROUD to be part of it.
The reason I like sewing is because it’s a lot of fun and I get to learn a lot of new things almost every day. I am really blessed to be a part of The Whole Works team, and I’m happy to meet good designers.
My passion for sewing came from Home Economics Class.
For 40 years; I’ve worked on everything from Swimwear in Boulder, CO; Sportswear and Outerwear, Frostline Kits & Marmot, Grand Junction,CO To Custom Sewing for Interior Designers.
I’ve also worked in a variety of fabrics Stores. In my work; I strive for perfection and pay attention to details.
I’m excited to now work for a company that is bringing back sewing production, that is MADE IN THE USA