FOLLOW THE THREAD
Eco-Friendly Fashion Design
MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS | 5 :30 - 7:30PM
Follow The Thread is our signature Fashion Design program offered to adults with developmental disabilities. Creatives and Collaborators participating in the program learn how to design garments using industry techniques, re-purposing materials, and create their own design brand to showcase in a public setting at the end.
Registration for the 2021 Spring Season is now available!
Reserve your spot by emailing us today.
HOW IT WORKS
Mingle Bazaar (Group Setting)
A gathering session for aZul to meet and greet Creatives and Collaborators. The C² Teams get to spend time together and learn about aZul activities. During the Mingle Bazaar the C² Teams participates in social and motor skills activities used to identify the abilities and strengths for the teams, as well as their sensory preferences.
Phase I (Multiple Team Setting)
Fashion Design Techniques Training
While learning about Fashion Design, teams learn and apply the various techniques used to start creating their own designs. Sessions are lead by facilitators with hands-on, practical applications, as well take home study material.
Phase II (Individual Team Setting)
In one-on-one workshops personalized to each C² Team, branding concepts are introduced. Tailored for each team's self expression and artistic portfolio.
Phase III (4 Events)
aZul connects the C² Team with local galleries, art fairs, and businesses to showcase and market their brand and start their own micro-enterprise. Social skills are reinforced in a supportive business setting to develop the skills for successful self-employment.
Hear from previous experience:
"The Follow The Thread program is a WONDERFUL class for anyone with a passion for design. As a teen, I discovered my passion through a hobby of mine. From there, I decided I wanted to become a designer.
Follow The Thread has allowed me to follow my passion and turn it into a business. Through this, I can do what I love and follow my dreams.
Definitely, this program is perfect for anyone with a passion for design and wants to turn it into a business!"
- Devin, Designer and Creative
"Follow The Thread is an amazing fashion design program that provided the tools for my daughter to take her passion for fashion to the next level!
Sandra Raffaelli and Jeanette Vanderhorst lead by example, positively influencing and developing creative thinking and execution skills in design and necessary skills in business."
- Liz, Mother and Collaborator
"You could have looked at the post and just moved on but all the likes, hearts, and comments touched her heart and mine. The look on her face as I read the post "no words".
My girl struggles everyday with her disabilities but with each and every small kind word or gesture is HUGE! Mariah has bloomed in many ways over the past few years and her passion to grow and learn cannot be contained.
This experience was amazing and can't thank Sandra Raffaelli enough for sharing this spotlight with Mariah. Sandra continues to find ways to help Mariah build her business and provide assistance as she continues to learn her trade. I am so very thankful for you!!!"
- Amanda, Mother and Collaborator
CONNECT WITH US
aZul For Better Living, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides training programs in fashion design, industrial design and the arts, as tools for adults with disabilities and their families. We promote creative support services to help develop individual skills, and financial independence, dignity and artistic recognition