Sewing. Teaching. Traveling
Those three words describe the dreams of Designer/Sewing Educator, Carla Robertson. She had no idea that God would use these childhood dreams as a life purpose. Carla A. Robertson has been designing and sewing for over 40 years. With the encouragement and the backing of her parents she started her business at 16 with one customer who wanted to encourage Carla's sewing skills.That business grew into designing wedding gowns, women's suits and costumes. In 1999 she was inspired by a sermon from her pastor, Dr. Tony Evans, to use her gifts to teach the next generation and Carla's Sewing School was born. Her passion is to see "the light come on" in the mind of her students when they see their dreams come to life. The program was renamed the Sewing For Life program to express her gift to reach anyone of any age to begin sewing. She has seen "the light come on" in the lives of many children and adults in the DFW area. The light extends to another one of her interests...
Dallas Designing Dreams
Passion + Collaboration = Transformation
Arthur Porter and Carla Robertson met in 1999 when he became one of the first students in her sewing classes. After the class was over Arthur went on to master his leather crafting skills and started teaching members of the community. Arthur became a two time State Fair of Texas Blue Ribbon Winner. Meanwhile, Carla was inspired to take her sewing classes to another level through programs in Kenya and becoming the Director of Costumes for Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Carla is also the Co-Costume Designer for an Award Winning program through Harry Stone Montessori Drama Department. In 2006, Arthur started Dallas Designing Dreams and that is when the true meaning of their creative connection came to life. Together they realized that they were on the same mission to help the community develop creative talents, skills and business know-how. Between the two of them they have transformed many lives in the US and abroad.
Since 2006, with the help of many volunteers, Executive board members Arthur Porter, Carla Robertson and Lance Peeler have collaborated to develop Dallas Designing Dreams into a viable community networking facility. They offer creative skills development with marketing and entrepreneurial opportunities to children, youth, breast cancer survivors , and young people with autism/learning differences, High school/College interns, Veterans, and seniors.