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Burke Brewer

Business Owner, Self in Knoxville United States

A decade of volunteering at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute led Burke Brewer to obtain a BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling from the University of Tennessee. Burke began her professional career as a legal advocate for individuals with disabilities before transitioning to a position with Vocational Rehabilitation as an employment consultant. Burke was instrumental in working with local hospitals to ensure sign language interpreters for the deaf, and worked with clients from across the region to secure employment.

Burke created Work Matters, Knoxville's disability employment expert, in 2016. The team works with youth and adults with disabilities and helps them secure employment and make decisions about life after high school. Work Matters works with folks in 25 counties across East Tennessee, and is a DHS grant recipient to serve students with disabilities per the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act.

In her spare time, Burke owns and runs Modern Studio, a unique performing arts/flexible space located in Happy Holler, and teaches sewing classes as Modern Seamstress. Burke is a member of the Mayor's Maker Council, and the Mayor's Council on Disability Issues.

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Size Doesn’t Matter When You Make Your Own Clothes

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

In Size Doesn’t Matter When You Make Your Own Clothes at PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 20, Owner Burke Brewer shares how sewing transformed her love of her body, forced her to consider the consequences of buying clothing, and finally why everyone should take up the art of garment sewing. 

Modern Seamstress was created to empower women - to teach them to love their bodies and delight in dressing their bodies. Women fight a war every day for healthy body image, and most of the stress comes from the fashion industry and mass produced clothing. 

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