I’ve been a busy bee the past few weeks. Teaching definitely keeps me on the go! I know that my blog focuses more on my personal observations of art, fashion, and creativity. But I thought you might like to know what I’ve been doing for my profession. Right now, I teach a textile class and a product development class. Grading always keeps me busy, but I really enjoy designing projects for my students. Product development has been so much fun. My students are designing a private label line and going through the steps to put it into production. Here’s a look at some of their work:
This is a preview of a line called Femme Victorial by my student Marija. Aside from designing the looks, sourcing the materials, and verifying costs or fabric and production, they also have to make social media channels to promote the line. You can follow Femme Victorial on Twitter!
This is a preview of Wonderland NYC, by my students Chance and Nancy. Their line is so adorable, and has a great Instagram account. You can see more of there line there.
My textile class keeps me super busy! Just in the last month, we have covered knitting, crocheting, weaving, dyeing and printing. Whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I can only imagine how my students must feel. Learning textiles for the first time can be so overwhelming. I never thought I’d remember all of the complicated information about weave structures. It takes time and practice. I’m also a firm believer in student centered learning, so I try to make lots of activities. So, we learn how to crochet . . .
And knit . . . (by the way, I finally finished this knitting this circular scarf I started over a YEAR ago. It was part of my demo of how to cast off. I’m loving how the purl stitch came out!)
We also tie-dyed in a crock pot last week. Sorry, no photos of that. I somehow misplaced my sample. We discussed printing, and tomorrow we are going to talk more about patterns and repeats. Here is a sketch I made for my friend Ashley’s birthday. I’m going to frame it for her, but wanted to turn it into a textile first. So I’ll be sure to scan a high-res image and show my students how to use Spoonflower, a print-on-demand textile and wallpaper site.
We also discussed block printing on textiles. William Morris used the block printing method for his wonderful fabrics. So tomorrow, we will be making our own block prints from potatoes. I just bought some this afternoon for the class. Since time is so critical, I carved out a few designs myself.
Now, all the students have to do is apply some fabric paint. Plus, they will know how to do it themselves in the future. So fun! But what I’m really excited for is this small silk screening kit I found. It’s small enough to travel well, and perfect to demonstrate the difference between printing types. I so excited for tomorrow!
Now, it’s back to work for me. I have so much left to do!