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In this compact city of 2.6 million residents, of which the vast majority live in scaled-down flats and sublets, the reality is that space is rather valuable. This ongoing fact propels the local populace to be creative in the way they employ strategies to maximise the use of available spots. This enduring approach can easily be observed as the number of multi-functional premises and co-working spaces have grown in numbers.

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A splendid and well executed example of this kind is ‘Sewing (索引文創)’ an operation which serves as an industrial sewing space, a coffee shop, activity venue, and finally an office studio for owner Iris Lin and her team. Understandably, Iris, a daughter of a prominent and long-time manufacturer of sewing machines in America, opted to continue on the familial pursuit and provide a similar service, albeit in a slightly altered, community-centric way.

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Coincidentally, apart from the rudimentary association to the machines quite familiar to her, the name ‘sewing’ was also chosen for its close proximity – sonically – to the Chinese word for ‘search’ – a strong correlation to her idea of providing a specialised service and a specific atmosphere for creators and other creatives that need and search for it.

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Located in Dazhi, just north of downtown Taipei, the area is known for its universities focused on the arts, specifically fashion. This serves as an optimal scene for ‘Sewing’ to facilitate and provide industrial level equipments and a work/show space. For an agreed upon fee or, not uncommonly, even for free, students and other budding talents that are hard-pressed on resources to practise their craft can work away their days here. And even if you are not particularly adept at garment making, Sewing’s coffee shop is a splendid tranquil subterrane fixed with spacious tables welcoming of any kind of work needs – DJs and leather crafters are very welcome.

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(Previous interviewee Juby Chiu has used their space to showcase a mini collection.)

No. 30, Lane 34, Dazhi St, Taiwan 104

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JULIA KAO