LECTURES

 
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HISTORY OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION

Fashion illustration is deeply rooted in storytelling, including its primary role as a means of communication for dressmakers and designers, their clients and media across the world. From 1910s French pochoir prints to the 1960s showrooms of New York City, we examine the illustrators’ hand capturing attitude come to live on paper.

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THREADS OF INFLUENCE GLOBAL FASHION THEN, NOW + LATER

The history of muse for the designer has taken them to the far reaches of the globe, whether it be on camel or one’s library. They bring back prints, textiles, objects and animals for reference to infuse in designs. Culture as style, trend and accessory. Appropriation or influence?

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DESIGN ACCORDING TO LEO NARDUCCI

Exploring the formative history of 1960s fashion in New York City through the eyes of designer, Leo Narducci for the upcoming book about his life and work, Design According to Leo Narducci.

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PATTERN BOOKS OF THE HINAGATA-BON READY-TO-WEAR + THE KIMONO

Since the 1600s, Japanese designers have explored fashion illustration in pattern books, hinagata-bon, catalogs showcasing technique, textile designs, and styles for merchants to order fabric or ready-to-wear robes. We look at several 17th-19th century artists and their catalogs used to stimulate fashion trends, social commentary and consumerism in Japanese modern fashion marketing.

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TEXILE DESIGN OF THE SIXTIES

Often the hidden Heroes of fashion are the textile designers collaborating with designers, or designers themselves, using the human body as a moving canvas of color and pattern. We explore the men and women otherwise unknown, their work, influences and practice.

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COMMUNITY CULTURE

Series of interactive lectures created for nonprofit organizations and institutions focused on engagement for diverse audiences, accessible programming, and new initiatives that provide 21st century relevance and action plans for arts + culture.

 

DESIGN TEACHING | PORTFOLIO REVIEW

 

TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES

As a design instructor, my goal is to relay that strong design is no mystery - it is the result of an attentive process of evaluation and refinement.

Over a series of 6-8 weeks, students are introduced to the basic principles of design through the creation of multiple compositions - mainly in black and white ink and cut paper - exploring new ways of looking at abstraction, composition, space and line variations. Micro-lectures present contemporary and historical designers and artists to both inspire and direct visual energies towards these explorations and techniques. Class discussions and writing are vital components for understanding process, alongside critiques to discuss student’s ideas and discover new ways of seeing.

As a guest critic and portfolio reviewer, mid-year and final reviews gives the students opportunities to step back from their work and have a professional look at their strengths and weaknesses. Encouraging each student to discuss their work trains them to engage with their practice as presentation and find the physical vocabulary to match the visual.