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  • Upscale Fashion Debuts at Kendall College of Art and Design

    Posted July 20, 2011 in Youth and Adults
        Judy Huyck bounded into the Upstyled Fashion class last week at Kendall College of Art and Design, full of enthusiasm for taking old, unworn or slightly used clothing, beads and bangles and turning them into fabulous new garments. Her long dangling earrings and flamboyant dress screamed “fashionista and proud of it.”  She may be about fashion but she’s not about spending big bucks or filling landfills with cast off garments.  “This class is all about reusing and recycling what we have and turning it into something upscale and fashionable,” the veteran instructor explained. “You need to ask yourself what is in your wardrobe that you aren’t wearing and what can you do to it to make it wearable and fabulous?” Before long, the six students who signed up for the six-week class were beaming and sharing ideas about what they might do with the stuff hanging in the closets that never gets worn.  They will cut, tear, apply, sew, paint, embellish, quilt, stitch and add all kinds of interesting elements.  Judy also suggests taking a garment that has perfectly good fabric and Read More…
  • Annual Picnic, Annual Project

    Posted July 18, 2011 in Classes & PresentationsCompetitions
      Professor Ron Riksen has been teaching graphic design at Kendall for 40 years, and for 25 of them, his graphic design classes have participated in a rite of spring: Read More…
  • Dual Enrollment Students Jump Start their Kendall Experience

    Posted July 4, 2011 in Events
    If I recall correctly, the last project I made in high school art class was an ugly, mushroom-shaped ashtray. (My dad was a smoker.) But Rick Brunson remembers his high school Read More…
  • See. Say. Do.

    Posted June 20, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Our third speaker Tuesday at NeoCon was Justin Ahrens, founder and principal of Rule29. Rule29 is not your typical Chicago advertising agency. For one thing, Read More…
  • The Dirt on DIRTT

    Posted June 16, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
     Our second speaker Tuesday (remember, there were three) was Geoff Gosling, Environmental Designer at DIRTT. The name, DIRTT, can be a little deceptive. DIRTT is an acronym Read More…
  • Decorators, Designers and Door Pulls

    Posted June 15, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
    On Monday, we crawled the floors of NeoCon (not literally, of course), seeing great design. Tuesday, our brains were as packed as the showrooms as we had the opportunity to hear Read More…
  • NeoCon: A Treat for All The Senses

    Posted June 13, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      NeoCon is a show. To paraphrase Ed Sullivan, a really big show. Celebrating its 43rd year in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, NeoCon is the premier design center for the Read More…
  • Climate Control and Creative Candidates in the Windy City

    Posted June 12, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Have you ever heard of CCID? Neither had I until Sunday, June 12, but more about that later. It was our first day in Chicago for NeoCon. Our first order of business was Read More…
  • Extraordinary Design Wins

    Posted June 9, 2011 in Award WinnersClasses & PresentationsCompetitions
    Traditions can be good things. Kendall College of Art and Design and NeoCon have a few in common. I’ll elaborate. First, 2011 will be the 16th year that Kendall students Read More…
  • Creating Empathy

    Posted June 6, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Last time I blogged, I wrote about the Kendall “Big D” design class that will be attending NeoCon in Chicago June 12–16. NeoCon is North Read More…
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