instructor and owner
Lara Kazan is a fashion industry veteran and has taught children of all ages in NYC area public schools.
She’s dedicated, passionate and happiest when sparking the creativity in her students.
Samantha was raised in Somers, New York, where she spent the majority of her youth crafting with her mother. When they weren't working on her dollhouse, they could be found sewing or crocheting. She attended NYU where she majored in Theatre and the School of School Arts where she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked for 6 years as the Art Director of a children’s company, where her job was to think of products that would make kids smile. After having her daughter, Samantha started her own company, Thimbled and Threaded, where she makes handmade kids aprons, toys, and games. She teaches arts, as well as sewing and textile crafts, mainly so she can spend time with the people she likes best in the world...kids. She lives with her daughter and husband in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
Lara’s flexible “hands-on” approach is unique in adapting to your child’s skill level while encouraging them to be their most creative selves. Six years ago she decided to take a try at teaching sewing and visual arts, her initial volunteer work along with her experience at Brooklyn’s Curious Jane began the journey that resulted in Make It! Studio. Come on over and meet Lara and the Make It! gang!
Cat Pfingst is a maker of all sorts. She grew up near Philadelphia with a lot of cats and crayons, and was often drawing outfits for them. From a young age, she has been an avid thrifter and loves making new from the old— the challenge of resourcefulness. Though she is formally educated in fashion design, working currently as a freelancer, she also has her hand in costume, prop and set design. Cat is based in Brooklyn, where she finds excitement through writing, dancing, and the things she sees on the sidewalk.
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We hire local students as interns to learn all about teaching, sewing and crafting, while also earning some extra cash. We are always looking for bright H.S. students who are crafty and love working with kids. Please let anyone you think would be appropriate about us and have them contact Lara about working at MAKE IT! Studio for our after-school or summer camp programs.