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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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When IIDA Illinois reached out to its members with a competition to design its new logo, Harrington Alumna, Mindy Zimmer submitted the original logo above for consideration.

“My thought process was to create a simple design that updated the current IIDA Illinois logo and also gave a distinct identity to the IIDA Illinois Chapter. I wanted something that could be used as a graphic on all of the IIDA Illinois Chapter marketing materials, flyers, website, etc.

The concept was a simple line drawing outlining part of the Chicago skyline and then receding down into a horizontal line. To me this graphic represented the idea of Chicago and its great architecture, being the iconic city center, and the flat area abstractly represented downstate Illinois as it recedes into the plains.

The way I chose to illustrate the line reminded me of a simple line drawing or a sketch, which is ultimately how all great architecture and interior design ideas begin, as simple line drawings,” Mindy stated.

 Mindy’s design was chosen as a finalist, along designs from Elaine Decho-Fishman and Samantha Ng. When the vote was tallied, Mindy’s was announced the winner of the competition, making her design concept the official logo of IIDA Illinois and also the winner of an Eames Molded Plastic Armchair with Eifel Tower base courtesy of Interior Investments.

Once the voting concluded, the Board worked with Mindy to refine the logo into the final graphic you can see below, which showcases the iconic Willis (Sears) Tower and the historic Illinois Capitol building.

 Congrats to Mindy Zimmer on your winning design!

About Mindy Zimmer:
Mindy Zimmer graduated Harrington College of Design in August 2007 with a BFA in Interior Design. After interning at John Kelly Architects, she worked at Cubellis in downtown Chicago from 2007 to 2009. Mindy is a LEED Accredited Professional and an IIDA Illinois member. She currently works as a Teaching Assistant at Harrington, privately tutors students, and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Harrington Alumni Association Board and is very active in the Chicago design community. Mindy lives on the north side of Chicago with her husband and their two small dogs and spends free time taking group exercise and dance classes.

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