Ria graduated with a degree specializing in Apparel & Textile Design and Merchandising. Her passion is garment construction and production. Ria hand-manufactures apparel and accessories for local and online markets, and was awarded 2014 Artisan of the Year by Farmer's Market of the Ozarks. Ria's attention to detail and quality construction is perpetuated into the curriculum taught to all of her students - no matter the age. She believes a strong core knowledge of proper sewing techniques coupled with constant practice establishes a necessary foundation to her students' unlimited creative abilities.
Ria is currently our full-time children and teen instructor, and also provides the heavily-detailed core introductory sewing classes for our adult students.