Brenda Killigrew is featured in Craft Business

Director & Fashion Education Consultant, Brenda Killigrew, discusses what motivated her to set up IDC and how IDC teaches people vital, practical skills to gain entry to the fashion industry.

Inkberrow Design Centre (IDC) is Redditch, Worcestershire is one of just a handful of fashion design and craft centres outside London, that provides professional training and workshops in sewing, corsetry, fashion design and clothing construction.

“IDC is a nationally recognised City & Guilds fashion sewing and textile craft centre created by myself in order to provide flexible learning opportunities. IDC is unique in that craft and sewing courses can be worked around your requirements”, explains Brenda, Director & Fashion Education Consultant.

“Many people want to learn to sew but find they don’t have the time or work and life get in the way. We at IDC, can create a class around your timetable and provide you with the space needed to concentrate on learning a new skill. The centre runs City & Guilds Diploma’s in Creative Industries, so over the last 27 years I have seen over 2000 students gain City & Guilds qualifications, using this learning pathway to go on to better things and change lives”.

Brenda discovered her passion fir sewing at the age of ten – “I was helping at a neighbour’s house after school. She was a corsetry expert and tailoress. I bought my first sewing machine with my first month’s wages when I was 16 and went on to produce pin-stripe suits in the 1970s for everybody at work. I love to engineer in cloth. Tailoring is my passion, working at CHSI Show in Birmingham, N.E.C, with VLIESELINE allows me to see all the forward trends in Cloth Design”.

The IDC is now reinventing itself to include more one-one workshops. “We are finding that many people want to learn the basics of a technique and then develop it in their own time. Working with Community organisations like the Workers Educational Association (WEA), so we can run subsidised courses, and help as many people as possible. IDC has launches a range of one-day workshops which include

  • Dyeing
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Sew Essentials
  • Basic sewing skills, such as sew a zip

IDC also works with visiting artists and TV demonstrators, such as Jenniffer Taylor, who provide workshops, courses and tips and tricks via their sessions. IDC is currently working with Jenniffer Taylor to provide a series of workshops called Sew Essentials, which in partnership with KORBOND, teach people the basics of sewing. We are also developing a range on online, digital courses which people can subscribe to over the internet. And finally, watch out for IDC’s OutReach Digital programme, where we will be launching a YouTube channel promoting sewing, sewing talent and sewing skills.

IDC is where talent is made.