Thursday, November 11, 2010
Mood Fabrics from Project Runway
We discussed our education, backgrounds, and interests. Denise told me about her experience working as a temp at Express. She felt it was a little too corporate for her. I appreciated her honesty. One of the most important things when beginning your career is to know about YOURSELF and what kind of environment you can really thrive in.
She told me about Amy Butler textiles which I love! Amy Butler's designs are Midwest Chic. She uses a beautiful color palette and exquisite designs full of rich hand painted textures. If you live in Buffalo, NY you can purchase the fabrics on Elmwood Ave at Elmwood Village Fabrics (which was featured at the Mass Appeal Fashion Show 2010 in the wearable art segment). Elmwood Village Fabrics is a great place to go for inspiration if you're feeling stuck on your next project. http://www.elmwoodvillagefabrics.com/home.html
Visiting Mood Fabrics reminded me of my old days at the University at Buffalo hanging out in the costume/theater closets drawing shoes, hats, and accessories. I found such peace surrounded by these fashion items. Do you ever have those aha! moments (as Oprah calls them)? Those moments when everything in the world starts to make sense? That's how I feel when my graphic design, marketing, and fashion background all come together. Every little experience adds to where you will go and what you will be.
In our studio
Right now at Rice Rafferty we're preparing items for our holiday sale at Chatham University (Chatham College) in Pittsburgh, PA. We're also getting ready for an upcoming fashion photo shoot - more details soon. I'm also planning a trip to Toronto soon to investigate their fashion district and report back. Does anyone have recommendations on where to go? I also want to check out their shoe museum!
And Yes, the above textile is designed by me. I hand painted flower motifs and created a repeat pattern. You can also learn how to do this by taking a textile design class at Buffalo State College, which is one of the best in the United States for fashion. The class is taught by the head of the fashion department Professor Elaine Polvinen.