We recently caught up with Hannah and Sarah Velichko about their adventures after graduating with a degree from the Cañada College Fashion Design and Merchandising Department in 2012. They’ve been up to a lot as you can see below.

Cañada Fashion Department (CFD): What are your degrees?

Hannah and Sarah Velichko (H&SV): We both graduated from San Francisco State University in May, 2014 with B.A.s in Technical Theatre (emphasis in Costume Design). We also earned A.S. degrees in Theater Costuming: Costume Design/Theater Costuming at Cañada College.


CFD: What did you do before Cañada, and what did you hope to achieve by going through the program?

H&SV: We both worked as costume designers with Melanie Giusti (a former student of Cañada’s Fashion Department and an incredible designer) at The King’s Academy, a private high school in Sunnyvale for several years. Through that experience, we both fell in love with creating beautiful and imaginative garments and found our way to the Fashion Department. We wanted to learn as much as possible about construction, pattern making, and fashion history, and we soon found that there was no better place to learn all that and so much more!


CFD: What were your fashion related goals and how did your time at Cañada help you achieve them?

H&SV: Both of us started hoping to be able to enhance our construction skills by taking a few classes, but were hooked after the first Beginning Sewing class. A couple of years later, we graduated with degrees and feel like we are part of an amazing community of like-minded artists. One of the wonderful things about Cañada’s Fashion Department is that the professors not only provide you with technical tools and skills, but also encourage you to use what you’ve learned in class to explore your own creativity and push yourself as a designer and artist.


CFD: Tell us about your job experiences since completing the fashion programs at Cañada.

H&SV: We have both spent the past few years working professionally with an amazing array of talented designers and theatre groups including Lamplighters Music Theatre, Ray of Light Theatre, Pocket Opera, and Angels on Stage in a variety of positions. We also spent many, many hours in the SFSU costume shop as cutter/drapers, stitchers, and assistant costume designers while we were students there.


CFD: What are you doing now?

H&SV: Our most recent fashion adventure is a newly-opened Etsy store called TinkersPennyBoutique, where we sell hand-crafted fantasy-inspired garments and accessories for women and children. Be sure to check us out! After several years of designing apart, we once again teamed up with Melanie Giusti, and with the goal of making and selling beautiful, unique items, and we launched Tinker’s Penny. We all love sparkly, glittery things, and found our different aesthetics meshed perfectly in our business. It’s been so much fun to see how the variety of skills we learned in school can be put to use in our different creative endeavors.


Thank you for your updates Sarah and Hannah and we wish you much success in your next endeavor!