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Wednesday Workshops

Trend Forecasting

Date: May 22, 2019 from 9am-12pm
Instructor: Leah McCormack

Trend Forecasting is at the forefront of the inner mechanics of the fashion industry. Whether you are working towards a career in fashion design or the business of fashion. The art and science of trend forecasting is intricate and complex, opening one’s eyes to the different influences and predictions of the future of fashion. Learning the research and development that goes behind performing trend forecasting tasks and reports will benefit any future fashion professional look beyond the current season and have a handle on what’s coming in the next several years.

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Etsy 101: The Basics of Online Retailing
Instructor: Andrea DiTullio
Date: August 21, 2019 from 6pm-9pm

Want to get your product into an e-commerce platform? This workshop will give you what you need to get started. Bring your laptop and some photos of your product(s) and we will spend the session getting you started!

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Sustainable Design Lab - A Portfolio Piece for the Future of Fashion
Date: August 28, 2019 from 6pm-9pm
Instructors: Jenny French and Valentina Oppezzo 

A sustainable design is one that can address the long term concerns of both the production process and the customer. The fashion industry joins oil and livestock as part of the top 3 polluters affecting the environment. This has quality brands no longer asking "if" they will innovate sustainable practices but "when" and "how."

In The SFD Sustainable Design Lab, we will brainstorm the infinite "how" to come up with the innovations that will make the fashion industry thrive into the changing future. Each designers' new ideas will be translated into a standout portfolio piece using detail sketching, technical sketching and text to explain the sustainable innovations behind a three piece capsule collection. Rather than a fashion plate, this is a presentation of a designers thought process that solves these problems.

These innovations are informed by the lab's discussion of sustainably sourced material options and their ideal uses, methods of labor efficient design, design that can transcend season, occasion and even size. Most important of all we ask: How can we design to stay in the wardrobe and out of the landfill?

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How To Design Your Own Fashion Fabric - From Concept to Final Product
Date: August 21, 2019 from 6pm-9pm
Instructors: Jenny French and Valentina Oppezzo

In this one day workshop, students will learn how to design a motif/pattern for digital printing on fabric, either to realize a custom printed textile for their projects, or to start their career as textile designers. Starting from a sketch, a painting, a photograph, or a digital graphic, we will show how to digitally compose, enhance, and finalize the images with Photoshop. We will discuss the principles of textile designing and provide students with a packet of information, resources, ideas and inspirations. In the afternoon, students will have the chance to sketch, paint, or photograph their own images during a guided session. A selection of their work will be scanned to recreate the step by step process that leads to the final product.
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Virtual Reality----Take a look into the future of Fashion
Date: May 29, 2019 from 6pm-10pm
Instructor: AK Liesenfeld

In this 4-hour workshop, we will navigate the basics of Tilt brush VR where you can draw your ideas in a 3 Dimensional form. We will go over basic strokes, how to import your own imagery and how to share your artwork with others. This course is open to anyone with an interest in technology and taking their sketching to the next level. But no problem if sketching is not your forte. It might just be that you haven't had the right medium yet. Looking forward to making cool projects with you!

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