Cathy Gray-Carney

Cathy G.

Astoria, NY
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About

Cathy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 18 to 75 and males 18 to 65

Teaching since:
September 1990

I teach sewing, mostly, but also design clothing and knitwear. I can drape and draft patterns, hand spin and weave, embroider, make lace, style wigs, and am an all-around crafty gal. I graduated with a degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. My background includes over 20 years of building theatrical costumes, wardrobing Broadway shows and regional productions, restoring and reproducing museum textiles and costumes, and dressing the runway shows of NY Fashion Week. I believe we are what we make and glitter is evil. I live in New York City with her husband and their very spoiled Tibetan Spaniel mix Ollie.

I am currently working toward the completion of a Certificate in the Appraisal of Fine and Decorative Arts from NYU.

I am highly conscientious, focused, and competent, and well as thoroughly charming.

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Experience

Costumer/Wardrobe Supervisor/Teaching Artist
May 2004 - Sep 2010
Shakespeare & Company

Costume Designer, Design Assistant, First Hand, Stitcher, Wardrobe Supervisor

Skills: Intermediate Draping and Patterning, Advanced Stitching, Men's and Women's Tailoring, Finishing Techniques(closures/hems/trims), Millinery and Hat-Making, Wig Dressing and Maintenance, General Wardrobe

Teaching Artist: Costume Designer for The Fall Festival of Shakespeare, a 12-week immersive experience for Berkshire high schools, ending with a whirlwind of 10 full-length performances in 4 days on Shakespeare & Company’s main stage.

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Museum Interpreter/Demonstration Artisan
Apr 2000 - Sep 2010
Hancock Shaker Village

Museum Interpreter: provided historical and contemporary interpretation for visitors. Gave specialized tours(up to 1 1/2 hours) during the Fall/Winter Guided Season and for Special Events.

Demonstration Artisan: Traditional New England & Shaker Cooking, Fiber Artist (spinning, knitting, sewing, fine needlework)

Workshop Instructor: created and taught workshops for adults and children, such as: Shaker Pie Baking, Woolen Whimsies and Sawdust Dolls and Shaker Cooky Baking for Parents and Children

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Education

MS American History
Sep 1989 - Jun 1991
Utah State University
BA American Studies
Sep 1985 - May 1989
Mount Holyoke College

Affiliations

Theatrical Wardrobe Union
Dec 2011

The Theatrical Wardrobe Attendants in New York City first organized in 1919 as a federal union affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. In 1942, this union was granted a charter to become part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada. In 1982 the word “attendants” was dropped from the name and the Local was issued a new charter as “Theatrical Wardrobe Union, Local 764 of the I.A.T.S.E”. The Local currently has over 1,200 members working in all aspects of costume and wardrobe work in the New York City area in virtually every major live entertainment venue in the city, as well as on television shows and motion pictures shooting within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle.

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Lady Hyacinth/Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder/2017 tour

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13 Reviews

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Tim Jul 5, 2017
Sewing · In home

Cathy arrived ahead of time, well prepared, friendly and motivated. Looking forward to the balance of lessons and expect to get a lot out of it.

Lessie N. Jun 26, 2017
Sewing · In home

Cathy was very pleasant, respectful, courteous and very proficient. She is very patient and very thorough which helped because I am a beginner. I would highly recommend this instructor. I am looking forward to more lessons! I am very please with my choice. Choose this instructor with confidence! A+++++++Teacher.

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Madison C. May 20, 2017
Knitting · In home

My daughter loved her first lesson & she's looking forward to her second lesson already.
We will be booking a lot more till lil Madi become a pro just like Cathy. 😊😍😊

Judy Jan 31, 2017
Sewing · In home

Cathy is terrific. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and pleasant. I'm already glad that I purchased 3 lessons, and am really looking forward to number 2 next week!

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Trina P. Dec 30, 2016
Sewing · In home

It was the best. She takes her time and explain everthing

Trina P. Dec 30, 2016
Sewing · In home

It was the best. She takes her time and explain everthing

Reshma M. May 30, 2016
Sewing · In home

Cathy is fantastic! Very patient, explains everything clearly and sensitive to your pace of learning.

Donna S. Dec 16, 2015
Sewing · In home

Cathy. Was really great! Lauren really understood. Her and she showed Lauren exactly what too do! She finished on time which was a rush ! Cathy is a great sewing tutor !

Cynthia C. Dec 5, 2015
Sewing · In studio

Best teacher ever. 👗

Naoko Oct 14, 2015
Sewing · In studio

I've had 4 classes with Cathy so far and I feel like I've already learned so much from her. She is very knowledgeable and skilled, and I really appreciate her teaching style. I'm looking forward to some more lessons with her.

Jae Hee Ophelia Oct 8, 2015
Sewing · In home

She is really great... she's friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and most of all, a great instructor! I'd highly recommend her to anyone who needs dire help in sewing:) or to those who just need a little push/help from a professional. She'd be able to accommodate any student range with her ability and personality.

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Asli Oct 7, 2015
Sewing · In studio

Cathy is a lovely person. She is easy to talk and communicate about what i want to do in the class. I am a beginner sewer so she has a lot of patience with me. She already guide me about what i can do in sewing as a beginner until our next class. So she doesn't leave empty handed until the next class.

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Irini M. May 18, 2015
Sewing · In home

Cathy is very knowledgable, professional, and patient. A great sewing instructor. I highly recommend her.

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