A Harlem Artisan at Work

Photographs shot and edited by Katie Herchenroeder

Seamstress Bula Afolabi works in her studio at Harlem Artisans Market on August 21, 2019. Commuting up to three hours a day since moving to Staten Island, Afolabi has sewn, tailored, and designed clothing in Harlem for over 30 years. A 1994 Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, she shared, “I love sewing, that’s my passion and I love doing that – meeting different people, doing different things.”