Declan O’Hegarty, 3, with his plush creation “Space Bunny.”
BETHLEHEM To costume designer Amelia Dombrowski, cultivating the imagination is an important building block in a child’s life.
With two young kids of her own, she understands their need to create unique materials that aren’t mass produced, and she strives to help innovate their perception of reality.
“My son is going through the typical phases and right now, he is in the superhero phase,” she said of her 3-year-old, Declan. “He loves Spider Man, but doesn’t really understand who he is or that he’s a part of a million-dollar marketing campaign. He just wants superhero things and I think a lot of kids can come up with ideas for what they’re into in a much more unique way than what a toy company could create.”
In April, Dombrowski will start offering beginner sewing, crafts and fashion classes for elementary school students at least 8 years of age, and for preschoolers with an adult present. The classes will take place at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Delmar as a spring break activity from April 1 to 5.
Dombrowski said her family moved to the area in October, and the classes are a way for her to continue to use her skill set outside of the typical theater setting.
“I’ve been doing theater since I was a little kid,” she said. “My mom would help with costumes and dad would help build the school’s sets. I come from a handy background.”
Dombrowski received her undergraduate degree in film studies from Northwestern University and went on to obtain her master’s degree in design from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She later worked on Broadway on such productions as “South Pacific” and Xanadu,” and has taught sewing and costume design courses at the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City.