Kharico is owned and operated by Dianne Hodge. She’s a qualified and experienced teacher and occupational therapist who has specialised in work rehabilitation. It was during her work in rehab that she noticed the trouble many of her clients had finding suitable clothes to wear following illness or injury. This was often a hidden and little noted barrier to returning to ‘normal’ life post recovery.
Dianne decided to develop a line of clothing especially designed for those with disabilities or recovering from surgery or illness, or anyone who struggles to wear traditionally designed clothes. She’s called her idea Ergonomic Fashion.
Since then she has gained formal qualifications in Applied Fashion Design and Technology at Brisbane TAFE. Now she’s working on her Graduate Honours degree (her thesis relates to the post discharge clothing needs of women treated for breast cancer). Her long term aim is for a PhD.
Now back in Townsville, Dianne has opened a sewing and design studio. To support her thesis, she is working on another clothing collection based on ergonomic and universal design principles. It’s an exciting merging of occupation therapy and fashion.
Now an accomplished seamstress and designer, Dianne uses her new skills and her old OT knowledge to introduce others to the world of sewing.
As well as designing clothing, Dianne has also set up a sewing school to help other keen sewers and designers to expand their skills. Her classes cater for all skill levels, from absolute beginner all the way to skilled designers. It’s all about sharing knowledge and finding companionship with like minded sewing tragics.
As a teacher Dianne worked with children from primary to high school and has also lectured at university. When it comes to knowing how to encourage learning and meeting her students needs, she’s possibly the best qualified sewing teacher in Townsville!