Coleen Scott


quilt class group

Many of the members of our quilting class and guests. (Clockwise from bottom center: Cyndi, Dottie, Iris from BAC, Guita, Reginalda, Coleen, Lily, Silkje, Brother John from the adjoining church, Nilda and Gladys.

This week marked the end of our current unit on quilting at the Prospect Hill Senior Services Center.  The latest unit was centered around the Batik fabric traditions of Indonesia.  With generous funding from a SU-CASA grant, the class was able to generate some of their own fabric with custom prints, and these pieces became part of a quilt.  We combined our homemade fabrics with commercial batik fabrics and the colorful quilt that resulted is by far our best group project yet.

new quilt

SU-CASA sponsored programming: Batik quilt project by the quilters at PHSSC.


The images below are just a few documenting the afternoon’s presentation.  We revealed our newest quilt to the lunch crowd at the center, and then invited them to come up on the stage to see the display and share some cake, cookies and a little sparkling cider to celebrate.

quilt show sign

Coleen makes a special sign announcing the quilt show.

Dottie hanging quilts

Dottie carefully hangs quilts for our display.


Cyndi helps prepare the delicious treats that the PHSSC provided for our event!

quilt show panorama

A panoramic view of our display. Photo by Dottie McCoy.

center lunchtime

The busy PHSSC at lunchtime.


quilting the boys

Joe and Jimmy, some of our buddies who visit during class.

quilt show reception

Seniors enjoying the exhibit and the treats!

Quilting is often a philanthropic endeavor.  It is always nice to have someone or some purpose in mind when making a quilt.  The class decided as a group to gift our batik quilt to the center director, Carla Zecca.  Carla is one of the kindest people you could meet, and it is clear that she is loved by the members of the center as much as she loves them.  She truly has cultivated a home away from home for so many.  Carla has been in full support of our quilting program from the beginning over two years ago.  Each year we have donated our projects to help raise money for the center during its annual fundraiser and quilts are raffled off.  Carla always tries to win and hasn’t gotten one yet!  So, this quilt is for you, Carla, we hope that it will brighten your life and know that you will cherish it.

quilt show side

A closer look at our quilt show…

quilt show front

I am so proud of this group of students, and so grateful to my co-teachers, and for the SU-CASA grant funding that made this unit possible.  The extra funding allowed us not only to buy basic quilt supplies that will last us through the year, but also to get special fabrics that complimented our batik project perfectly.  We will be taking a break for the month of July, but we will resume our program in August on our regular volunteer basis, and we will continue building upon the skills we have.  I hope that a few of the excited faces I saw during our quilt show will become new students and friends as we begin again in August.  Come quilt with us!

quilting teachers

Coleen Scott Trivett (Lead Teaching Artist) Dottie McCoy and Cyndi Freeman (Assistant Instructors) Photo: G. Bauman

Q is for Quilting Issue 2 is complete!  Click the link to view a PDF version of the special magazine that details our recent quilting projects!

The Pastie Project is COMING!


In the coming months, we will be sharing links to our research for a book on the history of pasties and the evolution of their construction over the years.  It will be a tribute to our love of the burlesque community and to the importance of burlesque as a part of theater history.  In the meantime, please visit the burlesque hall of fame‘s website, and donate to the expansion of the museum!

QUILTING CLASS at the Prospect Hill Senior Center- A Story about Volunteering

Our quilting class at the Prospect Hill Senior Center

Our quilting class at the Prospect Hill Senior Center

Since July, I have had the pleasure of volunteering with some of the wonderful senior citizens at The Prospect Hill Senior Center in Brooklyn, New York.  I have always been around senior citizens, from the time I was a young child.  My parents and grandparents were part of The Elks Lodge, and we went camping monthly with The Roving Elks, a motorhome group of mostly seniors.  I was always very close to all four of my grandparents, and after losing my last grandpa at the beginning of this year, I have really felt the gap in my life and my heart, where the seniors are missing.  Probably because of my close relationships with my grandparents, I love seniors, and have been searching for an opportunity to work with them for years.  After a guest storytelling opportunity given to me by my good friend, professional storyteller and actress, Cyndi Freeman, I was hooked, and began brainstorming ways to get more involved with the wonderful people I had met.  Cyndi felt the same way, and was excited to continue working with these seniors she had built relationships with.

In July, 2015, we (Cyndi and I) sat down with Crystal and Carla at Prospect Hill Senior Center, for a programming meeting, and decided that a quilting class would be a great way to go.  We had to emphasize that we were interested in volunteering, and we made a small budget, and began thinking of other ways to get supplies we needed.

Now, I am a costume designer by trade, and a costume instructor at a private school in Brooklyn, so teaching sewing comes very easily, but quilting is a skill that I learned from my mother.  My mom Gayle Scott, is an avid quilter and artist.  She has been making quilts of all kinds for over 15 years now, and participates actively in the Quilting Guild in her city, Redding, California.

Over the years, I have learned many different techniques and tricks about quilting from my mom.  I’ve taken workshops with her, learned through practice while sewing on visits home to Redding, California, and I’ve spent hours with her quilting friends sewing at the community center Thursday sewing group.  I would consider myself a novice quilter and an expert seamstress.  I tend to enjoy the design process and the act of putting things together over the tedium of cutting pieces perfectly, or doing intricate handwork like applique’.  My mom has done it all, and so have most of her friends.  They are a talented bunch, and they are a joyful, and generous group of ladies.

Japanese Style Quilt with hand embroidered blocks by Gayle Scott

Japanese Style Quilt with Hand embroidered blocks by Gayle Scott

Original Photo by Ben Trivett

Photo Slice Art Quilt by Gayle Scott and 3 Redding CA, Art Quilters

I suppose it should have come as no surprise that when Cyndi and I were approved for this quilting class, the ladies of the Redding Thursday Group jumped at the opportunity to clean out their fabric scraps, and donated all of the fabric to get our class started.  Not only did they donate the fabric, but they cut all the fabric into 4″ squares for us.  Thousands of 4″ squares were then packed into priority mail packages along with some fabric yardage to back quilts, and all was mailed directly to me for use in our projects.  Mom and I made a plan of ways to make quilts with beginners, and through her experience, we designed accessible projects that would help everyone learn the basics, and help them feel like they had the opportunity to design.  We also made a plan to have layout boards for those who may not be able to sew, but wanted to participate.  I cannot express the gratitude I have for those women’s generosity, and for their enthusiasm about this project.  I know that they are still ready to send a whole new batch of fabric whenever we are ready for more.  Truly, the program could not have happened without them, and it has kept us going now for months.  We have finished four quilts, and tens of other small projects like tote bags, pillows, pin cushions, and pot holders- all made from the squares they sent.

We are still going strong over at Prospect Hill, and will finish this time with them at the end of December.  We hope to move to another center in the new year through June, possibly with funding from BAC in a special grant for senior arts programs.  We truly look forward to meeting new seniors and working with some of our new friends from PHSS who recommended this new space to us.  We will always have a love for that center, and hope to return there with more programming as well.

I am so grateful to my mother for teaching me the basic quilting skills I have, for being the doer that she is, and for organizing and helping me plan this course from afar.  Her creativity and generosity is unparalleled, and I am so lucky and thankful for her in my life.  Soon, California will connect directly with New York, and mom will be a guest in our quilting class in Brooklyn, on her visit in the new year.

Here is a video of the seniors having fun, and chatting about class- you can see by the smiles on their faces, that they are as happy as we are to be quilting together.

Quilts made by seniors in the Quilting Class at Prospect Hill Senior Center

Quilts made by seniors in the Quilting Class at Prospect Hill Senior Center

The bottom line is this: volunteering is good for your soul.  I feel connected to senior citizens, but maybe you feel connected to children, or animals, the homeless, or the sick.  The point is, it feels good to give back to the community, and it feels even better if you can share something you love with others, without stress, without pretense, and without any reason other than to create for the joy of it.  I highly recommend it.


We were asked to help create a creepy gif to show to the people at FX.  We had a great time making our friend Nishell Falcone into a victim of The Strain .  Photos for the gif by Ben Trivett.  Thanks to the people at Sideways Advertising for the fun opportunity!


Institute Magazine Editorial Shoot!

We are so excited to share Institute Magazine’s feature of an editorial shoot we did with the wonderful photographer Pieke Roelofs!  Click Here to view!

Also, check out Pieke’s behind the scenes video from her site,

From Institute Magazine, Photos by Pieke Roelofs

From Institute Magazine, Photos by Pieke Roelofs

Youth Now: Live Forever!

We’ve been working on our brief for i-D Magazine.  The title was “Youth Now!” and we wanted to share our thoughts and some of our final images.  Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photos by Ben Trivett.  Makeup, Hair, Styling by Coleen Scott.

This is a side by side comparison of the same image of Emma in black and white and color. Image creation was inspired by the style of Daniel Jackson, the assigned photographer for the brief.

STATEMENT OF INTENT: I’m looking for the coolest young people I know, and hoping to make believable, interesting, optimistic, sexy images, full of life and vigor, full of the motivation to change the world in their own individual way. The concept is clean, minimal makeup, showcasing natural beauty, and showcasing each models’ original look and style. If color is used, it will be unconventionally, trading the stereotype of red lips and blue eye makeup for just the opposite. Red lipstick on the eyes and blue on the lips, symbolizing individuality, rebellion from the norm.  Our friend Emma is the embodiment of the hopeful side of youth now.  She’s a mover and shaker, and we’re excited to see what she does next.  We’re pretty sure there will be good food involved, as she’s really got her finger on the pulse of what’s trending on NYC’s food scene.

This is the makeup chart next to the final execution on Emma. The thinking behind the red eye makeup and blue lips is taking the stereotypical woman’s makeup of red lipstick and blue eyeshadow, and switching features, as a symbol of rebellion.

I was inspired by other artists in The Val Garland School of Makeup to title my idea for this editorial. The brief is “Youth Now”, but I think I would call this: “Youth Now: Live Forever”.  Generally, young people have that zest for life and adulthood that you can sometimes lose as you get older. In general, they don’t have quite as many responsibilities or attachments that hold them back from living every moment to the fullest. On the other hand, the general societal pressures and ideas about the state of the world, also leads youth to have a “live now, worry later” attitude- always reaching for what is the most fun, wildest thing they can do at any moment.  This doesn’t necessarily lead to productivity, it can be laziness that is the chosen activity. Leisure. Living beyond your means to make every moment the exact way you want. Satisfying your whims. That can be youth now, too. When you’re young, you feel like you’re going to live forever and you can do anything. When you’re young in 2015, you do whatever you can, however you can, to keep yourself engaged and satiated, and distracted from the negative. Youth Now: Short Attention Span Lifestyle. Or, as I like to call it: “Shiny Penny Syndrome”. Go wherever the pretty fun things are.  We explored both sides in our shoot with Emma.  The hopeful, exuberant side, and the “I don’t care, as long as I’m having a good time” side.  They both have their merits.  Check them out below.

One of the favorite final images for the i-D Magazine Brief.  Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photo: Ben Trivett

One of the favorite final images for the i-D Magazine Brief. Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photo: Ben Trivett

The final image we selected:

The final image selection for i-D Magazine.  Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photo: Ben Trivett

The final image selection for i-D Magazine. Model: Emma Mannheimer, Photo: Ben Trivett

A Makeup Brief from i-D Magazine!

Our current homework in The Val Garland School of Makeup is an editorial brief, set by none other than i-D Magazine.  The theme is “Youth Now”, and we’ve just begun our research on the creative team and their work, as well as the foundations of the magazine itself, currently in it’s 35th year!

Follow Project Make It Work's board I-D Brief: Youth Now on Pinterest.

Daniel Jackson and Alastair McKimm for i-D Magazine 2015

Daniel Jackson and Alastair McKimm for i-D Magazine 2015

We’re Part of The Mastered Class with Val Garland School of Makeup!

We are so excited to be a part of the Val Garland School of Makeup course, offered through!  What an honor to share time, creativity and knowledge with a hugely talented group of people!  We will be focusing on makeup projects, products, and tips this summer, so keep in touch with us!

In the meantime, here’s a link to our first project, still in progress!

Photo from Anti Brief Project for Val Garland School of Makeup.  Photo by Ben Trivett, Model: Rachel Allulli

Photo from Anti Brief Project for Val Garland School of Makeup. Photo by Ben Trivett, Model: Rachel Allulli


How Justin LeBlanc Makes It Work: Our Exclusive Interview!

We’ve been rooting for Justin LeBlanc this season on Project Runway All Stars, and thought it fitting that we re-post our interview with him from this summer.  Stay tuned for more interviews with current All Star Designers!

Photo by Curtis Brown

Justin LeBlanc

In Season 12 of Project Runway, the incredible batch of designers did not disappoint.  Shining in the forefront of the talented group was Justin LeBlanc, Assistant Professor in The College of Design at North Carolina State University.  Justin, who has interned with Alexander McQueen and Nick Cave, was a designer who demonstrated innovative style, and a fighting will to win.  Justin is no stranger to overcoming obstacles; he grew up without his sense of hearing.  Through a recent cochlear implant he has acquired hearing, but his developed sense of creating strong visuals was honed without the sense of sound, and we think this lends so much to Justin’s original aesthetic.  As a finalist in Season 12, Justin wowed the audience with his unconventional gown made of test tubes and his 3-D printed accessories.  It goes without saying that Justin’s designs inspire.  They inspire awe, creativity, inquisitiveness, and most of all, we know that they will inspire the future of fashion.

Photo by Curtis Brown

Test Tube Gown and 3-D Printed Accessory by Justin LeBlanc


1.  Who are you, and what season/s did you participate in? 

My name is Justin LeBlanc, and I was on Season 12 of Project Runway. I was one of the top three finalists. 

2. Please give a brief description of your design style.

My design style focuses on the exploration of new materials and technologies ranging from the use of innovative materials, to 3-D printing. Through the use of technology, I am able to challenge the viewers as to what is considered to be the norm in fashion. 

I also utilize architectural and textural elements in my designs. You will always see interesting combinations of textiles and the use of shape and form in my garments. Intricate gathering and layering are characteristic of my garments. I also use patterns to accentuate the form of my garments.

Photo by Curtis Brown

Test Tube Gown and 3-D Printed Accessory By Justin LeBlanc

3.  What was the most challenging thing about the Project Runway experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?

The most challenging thing about Project Runway was the day-to-day schedule. It was grueling, both physically and emotionally. There was constant uncertainty about what the next day would bring, and very little time to create. It required a great deal of stamina and focus. You had to be at the top of your game without the support of friends and family, and in the midst of what was, at best, organized chaos. 

4.  Who have you met or worked with during or since the Project Runway experience that you are most proud of or excited about?

Well, that would have to be Tim Gunn. I haven’t spoken to him since the PR days but through his support in tough times, constructive criticism, constant respect, and endless encouragement, he made me a better designer and person. 

I have been able to channel my experience on Project Runway into what I love the most—designing and teaching and (I hope) challenging students. I learned a lot about designing and my abilities as I worked through each PR challenge. I learned through the failures and triumphs. I have also been able to reflect on that experience and use it to inspire my and challenge my students, and to share my experience with students in other universities. 

5.  What have you been working on, and what are you excited about professionally since Project Runway?

I’ve recently finished teaching the Spring semester at North Carolina State University. I also presented my recent Fall/Winter Collection 2014/15 at Charleston Fashion week, and more recently at a show in Houston. It has received wonderful reviews, and I can’t wait to show my next collection. I am currently working on my Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which will be my first solo show, debuting at the end of August.

6.  Besides the basics, what sewing notion or tool could you NEVER do without?

I could never live without my rulers!  I use them to plan the intricate layering and outlines of my garments. And of course, I want to make sure that I use the measurements needed to create the best fit for whomever wears my garments. 

7.  Is there anything else you’d like us to know or see?

If you want to keep up with me, make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get the latest news and events relating to my work at @JLeBlancDesign. Also, you will soon be able to buy products from my Fall/Winter Collection and 3-D printed items on 

Photo by Curtis Brown

Justin LeBlanc

We’d like to thank Justin so very much for all of his generous input, and beautiful images.  We wish him the best of luck in everything he does in the future, and hope to stay in touch!  It has been a pleasure chatting with you, Justin! -C. Scott

All text and photo content provided by Justin LeBlanc, and photos credited to Curtis Brown, unless watermarked, linked, or specified.

Beautiful Makeup Looks from Besame Cosmetics, Urban Decay, and Stila!

There are so many makeup products out there to choose from, where does one begin?  We took some of our favorite products and gave our model, Chloe Worthington, three beautiful and very different looks.  Whether you’re headed out to a holiday party, to a weekend brunch, or out shopping for the day, these products and looks will get you through it all, and leave you feeling fabulous whatever the occasion!

Chloe Worthington in Besame Cosmetics.  Photo by Ben Trivett

Chloe Worthington in Besame Cosmetics. Photo by Ben Trivett

If you haven’t heard of Besame’ Cosmetics, get online and find them, now.   The beautiful makeup line, created by “artist, cosmetic historian, and designer Gabriela Hernandez”, is a must-have.  The packaging alone, inspired and created to resemble various vintage makeup products, is worth decorating your shelves with.  The products themselves are highly pigmented, creamy, and classic.  For Chloe’s vampy look, we used the lipstick in Noir Red, the Crimson Cream Rouge, and the 1932 Black Cake Mascara, used as a liner as well.  We also highly recommend the Brightening Violet Powder.  Right now, the site is selling beautiful gift packages, perfect for the holidays!


Chloe Worthington in Urban Decay.  Photo by Ben Trivett

Chloe Worthington in Urban Decay. Photo by Ben Trivett

Urban Decay has been around for over 15 years.  We remember when they first arrived on the scene and we were excited about their vivid colors, glitter-filled makeup, and great product names (we were in High School at the time).  While we still love all the glitter we can get, UD has matured as a company, and it is truly their best seller- the Naked Palettes– that have our attention at the moment.  Additionally, their 24/7 pencils for eyes and lips are fantastic.  We used Naked 3  (colors: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, and Nooner) on Chloe for this soft, feminine look, and filled her lips with the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Streak.  Check out their  Naked On The Run Palette for a great holiday gift!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencils

Chloe Worthington in Stila.  Photo by Ben Trivett.

Chloe Worthington in Stila. Photo by Ben Trivett.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is our favorite waterproof product out there.  It is a staple in our kit, and a staple in our everyday makeup bag.  We used the liner on Chloe for a more dramatic cat-eye effect, and then kept the rest of the face simple by using Stila’s equally brilliant product Covertible Color in Rose for use on cheeks and lips!  We also love Lillium and Poppy in the same line, for pigmented color that you can use oh-so subtly.  Check out Stila’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014, for some of their best products in pretty packages.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Stila's Convertible Color in Rose

Stila’s Convertible Color in Rose


Special Thanks to Besame Cosmetics for a range of beautiful products to test in our studio, and to our photographer, Ben Trivett, who helped our vision come alive!  Makeup and hair by Coleen Scott.