February 27, 2018
Living a creative lifestyle comes naturally for budding seamstress and designer Katherine Funk.
The 18-year-old, who graduated from Airdrie’s George McDougall in June 2017, is the daughter of local artist Veronica Funk and says she was encouraged to embrace creativity early on.
Funk’s passion for sewing began when she was just seven. She began by creating dolls and doll clothing and progressed to sewing historically-inspired clothing for herself when she was in junior high.
In Grade 12, she drafted a pattern and sewed a multi-layered dress and undergarments inspired by 1700s fashion.
Since then Funk has completed a 1950s diner dress for the television pilot The Highway Patrolman; sewed a dress – featuring coloured lights representing sleep patterns – that appeared on the runway at Calgary’s MakeFashion event; and started her own historical clothing blog.
Funk has received several awards for her work, including the 2017 Karin Simpson Memorial Scholarship for Creativity and the Qualico Youth Artist award at the 2017 TD Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts.
Funk plans to turn her artistic passion into a career and recently enrolled in costume cutting and construction in fashion at the Calgary campus of Olds College.
Funk’s future looks bright. She says she “would love to go into costume design, or … design my own clothing line.” Vintage inspired, of course.
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