MS. ALBERTA CRESS

Master Marion County Seamstress + Designer

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Alberta Cress is a beloved Marion County seamstress, designer, & restorer of historical period clothing; she’s best known for the custom garments she hand-makes for the Marion County Historical Society’s various “living history” live interpretation events — including John Glenn’s space-suit, and the wardrobes of several prominent Presidents & their First Ladies. Alberta first learned to sew through her mother, who, in turn, learned from her grandmother; and she’s passionate about passing along what has increasingly become a threatened form of cultural knowledge — since sewing & home economics are rarely taught in schools anymore. Alberta is excited about the potential of sewing & design work not only as critical and undersung form of creative expression, but as a potential livelihood for young people, who want not only to design & dress themselves, but their wider communities. Alberta was also a key player in the establishment of the former Crafters Coop Artisans’ Co-Op at the Marion Centre (Southland) Mall.

SHOP // ADDRESS:

Contact Alberta via the Marion County Historical Society, where she works part-time as seamstress-in-residence!

MCHS: 169 E. Church Street || Marion, Ohio || 43302

CONTACT

Via the Marion County Historical Society: 740.387.4255.

SERVICES:

Custom/bespoke clothing design & sewing; tailoring & alterations; sewing lessons, tutorials, workshops, & apprenticeships

GENRES:

Sewing; Seamstressing; Clothing & Fashion Design; Arts of Adornment; Restoration or Duplication of Historical Clothing

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