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The Harrington Alumni Association STITCH had the honor to be sponsored by Kimball Office, when Enza Scianna, a Harrington alumna, Showroom Manager of the Office approached the team to be their partner. The team consisted of Brenna Brown, Jennifer Cheng, Janet Kleinhample, CorrieLee Klentzman, Negeen Masghati, Nancy Walsh, and Mindy Zimmer along with Harrington Faculty Advisor Crandon Gustafson with Enza Scianna modeling.

For the 2010 STITCH show, the Harrington Alumni Association took their concept back in time to the 1880’s. Below, Harrington Alumni Mindy Zimmer shares some insight about the creation of the concept and garment.

“The funniest (and best) thing about our entry was that we completed our garment, from concept to completion in less than 3 weeks. Kimball Office offered to sponsor an alumni team and Crandon Gustafson quickly formed a team of talented alumni who accepted the challenge, time constraints and all, and got right to work on the design of the garment.  During creation and construction of our dress, the patterns and colors of the Maharam fabric that were offered to us through Kimball Office, our sponsor, helped to shape and mold our design decisions along the way.

We spent many late nights sewing, talking, and laughing as we figured out the construction of our dress. Though the hat looked effortless when all was said and done, it was the most challenging piece to figure out. Not only did the hat have to be rigid and stable enough to actually look like a hat when Enza held it over her head and walked onto the runway, but it also had to be able to flip down and fit completely underneath the skirt of the dress. It took a true feat of dress engineering and some complicated sewing techniques to get the look we wanted. Once the dress and hat were finally complete, we all cheered! Janet and Nancy really saved the day with their sewing skills! We had one well constructed dress in the end.”

See the video below!

The Kimball Office also did a great feature in their blog.

STITCH 2010 was an amazing night full of fabulous garments and models who really worked the runway!

Congratulations to the 2010 winners:
Best in Show: Duralee/ I4Design
Best Concept to Creation: Steelcase/ DesignTex/ Coalesse/ Whitney
Best use of Material: Wolf Gordon/ VOA

See the Professional Photographers Runway Photos & Pre-Show Photos and Paparazzi Wall Photos

Video courtesy Mindy Zimmer

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Also represented at IIDA’s 2010 STITCH Runway show was an entrant designed and created by some members of the Harrington Alumni Association including Brenna Brown, Jennifer Cheng, Janet Kleinhample, CorrieLee Klentzman, Negeen Masghati, Nancy Walsh, and Mindy Zimmer along with Harrington Faculty Advisor Crandon Gustafson.

When I followed up with Mindy Zimmer, Associate IIDA, LEED AP  and Vice President of the Harrington Alumni Association, about their concept, this is what she shared:

“We met as group to sketch and brainstorm ideas for our concept. We drew and discussed ideas without really worrying about the details of how a particular idea would work. All of the words and sketches that we came up with seemed to tie into one overarching theme: transformation and magic. After more discussion, sketching, and brainstorming, we arrived at our final concept and concept sketch. Since this year’s theme for STITCH was ‘A STITCH in Time: Design for a Decade’ we were able to tie our concept into 1880’s Victorian era fashion:”

Victorian Illusion
Inspired by illusion, transformation and 1880’s Victorian style. Magic makes something out of nothing – it transforms. Transformation is mysterious – or is it simply an illusion?

Mindy continued to explain, “Victorian fashion of the 1880’s was characterized by large collars and bustles, corsets, tiny waists, and the use of birds and feathers in their hats and hair accessories. Magic was also experiencing its ‘golden age’ due to the advancements in technology during this time. Many magicians created the illusion of pulling things out of their top hats or making birds disappear. So, our model, Enza Scianna, transformed from magicians top hat into a modern Victorian inspired woman with beautiful bird-like characteristics.  Her look was complete with feathers in her hair, on her eyelashes, and feather-like pieces of fabric on the skirt of her dress.”

Learn more about the Harrington Alumni STITCH garment and see it on the runway tomorrow!

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Leaving behind New Orleans and its food and music scene (Snug Harbor, Preservation Hall, and a great jazz vocalist at The Spotted Cat), the team then traveled to Auburn University’s Rural Studio, started in 1993 by the late Samuel Mockbee.  Students here design and build homes and community buildings for the poorest parts of the Deep South (and thus the poorest parts of the entire nation). The goal of the Rural Studio is to teach students about their responsibility as a designer with real world application in rural Alabama. According to Mockbee, “if architecture is going to nudge, cajole, and inspire a community to challenge the status quo into making responsible changes, it will take the subversive leadership of academics and practitioners who keep reminding students of the profession’s responsibilities.”

Below, catch glimpses of the Supershed Animal Shelter, the Rural Studio itself and the latest work of Auburn University’s students – a thesis project on $20k Houses. At Rural Studio, students learn by doing. You can view all photos from this trip by clicking here.

Harrington students Kate Ainsworth, Mary Daumer, Rachel Henson, Jessica Johnston, Brachla Messersmith, and Kurombi Wade-Oliver learned some great lessons from these hands-on experiences, and have some great stories to tell. The trip was a state-side offering of Harrington’s International Studies, which encourages alumni to participate. As Crandon Gustafson said at the conclusion of the trip, “I don’t think you could ask for a better experience than to work alongside our students serving others.”

Stay tuned for the program’s 2011 destinations!

Information courtesy Crandon Gustafson. Photos courtesy Peter Klick.

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This feature is continued from yesterday…

Areas of the Ninth Ward retain a rural character five years later, as many of the lots remain vacant and undeveloped. The bright spot, Make it Right,  was the focus for the afternoon. Brad Pitt’s initiative has thus far yielded 49 new homes designed by an international group of 21 architects including Thom Mayne and Shigeru Ban, with about half already completed and occupied. The team got an unexpected tour of one of these homes, when owner Robert invited them inside and pointed out the sustainable features, and told his story of disaster, displacement and recovery.

The Harrington team spent the entirety of the following day helping to construct a Habitat for Humanity home. Working alongside a future homeowner (volunteer hours are a requirement for ownership) they hung doors, installed window sills, baseboard and architectural trim after short lessons in the requisite power tools. H-for-H staffers are skilled in the trades; more importantly they are patient supervisors who get real production out of amateur volunteers.

The next day the team painted the exterior of a historic home in the Tremé, a neighborhood just west of the Quarter. The home was being brought back by a number of teams, including apprentices in the plaster trade (much better than drywall in this climate, keeps the interior cool, and dries out after a flood). The house happened to be across the street from Willie Mae’s Fried Chicken, featuring a James Beard-recognized chef in a most unexpected location.
To see all photos from the New Orleans part of the trip, click here.

Information courtesy Crandon Gustafson. Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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Harrington College of Design alumna Jennifer Lester joined six students, instructor Peter Klick, and Crandon Gustafson in New Orleans during the end-of-summer break, for a trip emphasizing service and sustainability in design. The team rendezvoused the evening of August 29th at Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter, on the 5th anniversary of Katrina’s landfall, and exchanged experiences of local culture, food and music.

The first full day called for familiarization with New Orleans in general and hurricane-affected areas in particular, starting with a three-hour morning bicycle tour. The team pedaled behind guide Bob Rodrigue through the Quarter, Faubourg Marigny and the Ninth Ward, seeing in the latter many remaining indicators of the flooding five years earlier: residual high water lines and the spray-painted symbols rescue teams used in the first days and weeks following the flooding, designating human and pet occupants, living or dead.

Keep reading tomorrow…

Information courtesy Crandon Gustafson. Photos courtesy Peter Klick   

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