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After RAW: A Q&A with the Artists

On Friday, October 11, 2013 forty local artists, including Ursuline College alumna Robin Smith ’05 and art students Stephanie Pratt and Alyx Cyr participated in “RAW: Natural Born Artists,” a one-night show at the Cleveland Agora. We caught up with the artists after RAW to get their impression of the exhibit and to see what they have in store for the future. 

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Alyx Cyr, Student

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? It was the perfect blend of urban artists, fashion and culture. Everyone had a great time with all the performers and runway shows.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? I thought it was pretty cool to network with other local artists. I’m hopefully going to be doing collaborative work with a few of them next year.

What have you learned from this experience? I learned that it’s important to put yourself out there. It’s important to be vulnerable because showcasing a full collection is very personal.

What or who inspires you? Nature. And, people.

What are your plans for the future? I’m working on large-scale electroluminescent wire light and plexiglass animals. These will be showcased in the Florence O’ Donnell Wasmer Gallery’s student show this spring. I’m going to be doing some collaborative work with other artists and fulfilling custom orders from new clients I’ve met at RAW.

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Robin Smith ’05, Alumna10332908826_891cfdbfd2_c

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit?  The exhibit was great and better than I expected it to be. It was well attended and the theater had great energy – it was buzzing with all kinds of creative types.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? I would have to say my favorite moments of the RAW exhibit were when people would go to my area and the expression on their faces changed immediately. It created a dialogue, some were smiling and would immediately ask if I was the artist. One guy actually gave me a huge hug. It was pretty funny.

What have you learned from this experience? The learning experience was definitely valuable. Being overtly prepared was helpful but also a bit stressful. It was the first time showcasing my work on such a large scale so some doubts came into play. By the final week, I decided to just put the stress in God’s hands and when I did that the flow of setting up and promoting my works was a breeze.

What or who inspires you? Being an illustrator people tend to inspire me. Sometimes textures, prints, designs, fashion, color and music. Whatever comes to mind.

What are your plans for the future? I would like to see my illustrations featured in magazine publications, promoting products for different companies, working with card companies or even in the publishing world of book covers. One of my goals for 2014 is to release a children’s e-book written and illustrated by me.

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Stephanie Pratt, Student 10332972606_c1f665bc5f_c

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? As I had attended the August RAW showcase, I had known what to expect in terms of the finished set-up but it was amazing to see the transformation from a bare-boned stage to the finished product.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? My favorite moment from the RAW exhibit was seeing everyone’s set-up before the doors opened. The whole process was absolutely beautiful. 

What have you learned from this experience? This experience has taught me a lot from learning how to appropriately promote myself and my work as well as how to manage time with set-up and tear down.

What or who inspires you? I am inspired by nature and the world around me. I feel that it keeps me grounded and is the most organic look into who I am as an artist and as a person.

What are your plans for the future? As of current, I have some options. I would love to go into marketing or advertising as a graphic designer but I plan to continue to pursue fine arts and participate in various exhibits. Eventually, I would also like to pursue an MFA with a mixed media concentration and teach at a college level.

The photos were provided by Raw Artists Media. Click here to see more photos from the exhibit.

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#UCStyleFiles Fall Comfort

I know first hand that looking good is the key to feeling good, inside and out. As I dealt with the reality of a cancer diagnosis at 16, I realized that I want to make it my mission to share my love of fashion with others and help people to feel good about themselves more than just on the surface.

With cold season, midterms, and finals approaching, sometimes it’s impossible to look your best when you’re not feeling the greatest–But I have a solution! Below are some COMFY, stylish outfits that will help you look good AND feel good.

Aztec is on trend right now! Whether it’s a simple black and white contrast, or pop of bright colors, Aztec sweaters and cardigans are a perfect way to stay warm and beat your winter blues!

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Via NecessaryClothing.com

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Via Charlotte Russe

 

Pair this with a slouchy dolman tee, or solid colored crewneck, leggings, and cowboy boots or moccasins and you’ve got a feel-good outfit for a gloomy fall day!

Do you love leggings? I have quite the collection of under armor-like compression leggings, they keep me active and standing upright with a fainting condition, but they aren’t the most fashionable. I finally found a solution give them a simple makeover:

Jazz up your boring leggings with printed legwarmers. Available at Charlotte Russe for $8.99

Jazz up your boring leggings with printed legwarmers. Available at Charlotte Russe for $8.99

Stay warm and dress up your leggings (and jeggings!) with fun boot socks or legwarmers.

And on the same topic of leggings: Printed leggings. Leggings SHOULD NOT be considered pants in almost every situation, but printed leggings are an awesome statement piece for your wardrobe that can be dressed up to perfection. Pair with a neutral, over-sized slouchy sweater or cardigan, and fringed boots.

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The perfect statement piece for your wardrobe! Printed Navajo Leggings, $35 at StyleLately.com

Keeping with the trend of layered comfort, here are some chic, real life outfits spotted on instagram:

J. Crew Inspired by Lauren Sharnsky

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Lauren says of her outfit,”I think someone could wear this outfit literally anywhere. It’s versatile enough for grocery shopping, school, church, etc. but I think the best would be worn on a date”

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“Bold statement necklaces make a simple outfit complete,” Lauren says.

 

J. Crew is a center of inspiration from the extravagant window displays to its signature layered outfits with just the right amount of sparkle. In fact, J. Crew offers a wide selection from prints, to plaids, and versatile solids that mesh well to create the perfect outfit. “I love how the colors (and prints) are coordinated together,” Lauren says of J. Crew.

Lauren put this outfit together with J. Crew’s style philosophy in mind: Lauren balances the right amount of flair and style, with comfort. Of her look, Lauren reveals “I make sure I get the correct sizes of clothes so that they look flattering. This outfit has the right amount of tightness and space to move around in.” Lauren brings up a very good point about layering: with the correct fit, layering can be done so comfortably. Tightly-fitting garments can be restrictive and don’t leave very many options for layering. Lauren thinks this is the perfect fall outfit because “It’s warm but not too warm. And the colors are rich which so perfect for fall.” And just like J. Crew’s signature last touch: Lauren completes the outfit by adding a touch of sparkle with a statement necklace. “(J. Crew’s) bold statement necklaces are adorable and make a simple outfit complete,” she says.

Styled by Meganne Eddie:

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Color, texture, and pattern are three key elements Meganne utilizes when styling the perfect fall outfit.

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If you know Meganne, you might describe her as the “Cardigan Queen.” The cardigan is the foundation piece of the outfit while also allowing for fun and functionality.

“A lot of the pieces I wear function for me all year around, but in fall I’m able to really play with layering. Color, texture and pattern play a big role in how I pare piece together. Both outfits definitely showcase that. There are lots of elements like wools, knits and denim all blending together to give me that perfect look. And the best thing about layer!?!? If you get a little warm you could remove pieces without interrupting the look.”

Pretty Little Liars Inspired by Amanda Antenucci

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Blazer-target, blouse-tre sorelle boutique in little Italy, jeans-Levi’s, flats-Sam Edelman, watch-Michael Kors, glasses-vintage and ring from Tiffany and Co.

Amanda says of her outfit, “I’m obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and one of the main characters wore a punk plaid blazer with a striped tee, this was my cool weather version that chic enough for work and shopping/dinner. It’s the perfect fall outfit bc it’s comfy, it’s layered for ease and warmth and these pieces never go out of style. I’m all about mixing prints in the same color scheme and fit.”

Phillip Lim for Target Styled by Natalie Koch

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“To have the ability to mix and match between conventional ready for work and fashion forward for everyday chic, was brilliant on their part,” Natalie Says of Phillip Lim’s collection for Target

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“If you were timely and persistent in getting your hands on some of the Phillip Lim for Target consider yourself fortunate.  The Collection in its entirety was close to being sold out companywide within the first day of its launch.  What I love so much about the Collection is the consistency between pieces.  To have the ability to mix and match between conventional ready for work and fashion forward for everyday chic, was brilliant on their part.  Not to mention, Phillip Lim quality at an unbeatable value. Three pieces I personally adored were one, his comic book boom sweatshirt because nothing is trending more in current fashion than comfort!  Also, orange & blue leopard scarf, which Lim used the oversized pattern liberally within the collection to give you plenty of options to choose from. Both can be worn in accordance with pieces from the rest of Philip Lim for Target or pieces you already have in your wardrobe for fall weather layering.  Of course, the look had to be topped off with one of his trapeze bags.  The covetable totes came in an array of colors but I chose taupe to take me from daytime occupation to evening street style.”

Stay tuned for more style tips and trends! -xoxo

Robin Smith

Alumna Robin Smith ’05, Art Students Stephanie Pratt & Alyx Cyr in RAW exhibit Oct 11

“RAW: natural born artists” is a one-night show from 8 PM to midnight Friday, October 11, showcasing 40 local artists including: Ursuline College alumna Robin Smith ’05 and art students Stephanie Pratt and Alyx Cyr.

When:
Friday, October 11, 2013
8 PM – 12 AM

Where:
The Cleveland Agora
5000 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH

For Tickets & Info: http://www.rawartists.org/cleveland

Artist profiles:
Robin Smith: http://www.rawartists.org/lemahogany
Alyx Cyr: http://www.rawartists.org/alyxcyr
Stephanie Pratt: http://www.rawartists.org/stephaniepratt

#UCStyleFiles Setting the Mood with Color

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There’s no better way to illicit drama, mood, and emotion than to express them with color. Whether you’re thinking about fashion, marketing, branding, interior design, or graphic design color plays a momentous role in the overall composition.

What does your favorite color say about you?

Image via Pinterest: What does your favorite color say about you?

People tend to want to immerse themselves in an atmosphere that brings them comfort: If you think of something cool and calming, you’re probably thinking about the ocean. Thus, going with a cool, peaceful, beachy color scheme can provide a relaxing environment for a bedroom, or an office.

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(Image via Pinterest) A light and airy color scheme brings peace and relaxation to your office space.

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(Image Via Pinterest) Soft neutral colors can also illicit a calming effect where you need it the most!

It is no coincident that both of these offices utilize a cool color scheme, because the office isn’t always the most relaxing place. But what about your outfit? Have you ever asked yourself why you chose THAT top? There’s a room in my house, decorated with a blue-gray color palette which is were I find my serenity—and find it almost impossible to leave this room to get to class! One day I chose to wear a Free People top of a similar hue so as to mimic the peaceful surroundings of my favorite room–and this is something I did subconsciously.

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Want to have that upper edge on a first date or job interview? Consider the message your color choice sends. (Via Google Images).

In terms of fashion, our style trends follow a seasonal color palette which helps set the mood for the season. With the seasonal color forecast in mind, you can still observe the initial mood or emotion each color presents. If you choose to stick with a neutral or monochromatic color scheme, you can accessorize add playful pops of color according to a mood you want to create.

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BOLD and dynamic, this outfit can suggest that the woman wearing it is a powerful, ambitious person.

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Adding a soft yellow blazer to a black dress creates a cheerful, yet sophisticated look.

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Add the right amount of drama to your monochromatic look with a pop of color!

 

 

#UCStyleFiles FYFW Edition

 

NYFW attendees  Image via Pinterest

NYFW attendees
Image via Pinterest

Hello Lovelies! New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 kicked off last Thursday with the announcement of Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report:

Pantone's Spring 2014 Color Report

Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report

New York Fashion Week continues through this week and the list of my favorite runway looks continues. Spring trends (as seen on the runway) include stripes, abstract prints, knee-length skirts, sheer fabrics, an homagé to street style, elongated silhouettes, and feminine florals.  Below are some favorite looks as seen on the runway.

Bright colors and bold graphics for Nicole Miller's Spring 2014 collection Image via Pinterest

Bright colors and bold graphics for Nicole Miller’s Spring 2014 collection
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A simple sheath makes a chic statement by Nonoo

A simple sheath makes a chic statement by Nonoo

Tadashi Shoji

Color in motion: Pantone’s “Violet Tuplip” as seen on the runway in this Tadashi Shoji dress

Kate Spade's Spring 2014 Collection is a fan favorite

Kate Spade’s Spring 2014 Collection is a fan favorite

Not ready to give up the edgy look of fall 2013? Herve Ledger carries the look into spring!

Not ready to give up the edgy look of fall 2013? Herve Ledger carries the look into spring!

 

Prabal Gurung utilizes Pantone's Freesia yellow in this stunning piece

Prabal Gurung utilizes Pantone’s Freesia yellow in this cutting edge look.

As shown by Jason Wu: Your staple piece for spring is a long waist coat

As shown by Jason Wu: Your staple piece for spring is a long waist coat

Stay tuned for more #NYFW coverage as Fashion Week continues!

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#UCStyleFiles Senior Words of Wisdom

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One of the most influential courses for a student nearing graduation is Professor May Beard’s FH 452 Senior Symposium class. The course is designed so that students learn advice from various guest speakers in the industry, gain experience in constructing a proper resume and cover letter, and participating in a speed interview event.
With graduation approaching in December, I thought I would reflect on some words of wisdom from this past year’s guest speakers:
1.) I LOVE every area of fashion and I want to pursue, or at the very least give EVERYTHING a try. However, I was given a word of caution about this from the lovely Frechye Bush (our local FGI President and a favorite mentor of mine!) Frenchye admitted that she had the same exuberance I have, she wanted to do EVERYTHING. While there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, you do at some point need to narrow it down a bit. The reason being is that what if you’re approaching a mentor and you tell them your lofty ideas for your career path and they too do not know where to start to guide you? If you write down your top 10 ideas and then narrow it down to your top 3 you can visually see how to incorporate your top 10 ideas into a focused top 3. Real life example: I found myself facing the dilemma of not being able to narrow down what I want to focus on for grad school. To make a long story short, I came up my top 3 ideas (Fashion, Journalism, and Advertising/PR), talked it out with another trusted mentor, and my top 3 ideas became one CONCISE, FOCUSED idea! (Shout out to Anne-Marie Gurko for getting me on the right track!)

2.) I owe this awesome idea to Frenchye: for those who are very visual like I am, sometimes it helps to physically compose a plan for your future and outline the steps necessary to execute your plan.

3.) Another important lesson is from Devin Vandermaas (Founder of The Factory 2.0) : college is an important time to network!  I’ve met some of the most amazing and influential people in the world wide and local fashion industry through Fashion Group International! Making as many connections as you can and having an “arsenal” of mentors is a necessary and ongoing part of life that might as well begin now. Devin also asserts that we should never be afraid to ask for advice when we need it.

4) We shouldn’t sweat it if we lack in the quantity of experience in the work field, because quality is far more important. Another guest speaker advised us to do whatever we think we needed to do to get necessary experience, such as taking on a workshop experience in Paris if you think that will give you the upper edge, or perfecting a seemingly unprofessional accent a la “Working Girl”–but each person has their own unique vision, level of taste, experiences, etc. and because we are uniquely individuals, that’s what we bring to a company. Never lose confidence in yourself no matter what you might think you’re competition has going for them.

5.) Are you currently in the process of lining up an internship? Some advice from an Ursuline Graduate, Stacy Piotrkowski: if you haven’t heard back from company you’re interning with, DO get in touch with them! To make a long story short, because Stacy followed up when she didn’t get a call back, she DID secure her internship with Seventeen Magazine!

6.) Lastly (there are SO many important lessons, this isn’t actually the last) if your boss has you “pushing a dumpling cart” at an office party, or running an errand to Mood on a rainy day in the city, you CAN speak up for yourself and politely suggest to your boss that your services would be better used doing something else besides being a “gopher.” A word of caution while making a suggestion like this is that you should remember to be RESPECTFUL and COURTEOUS to your boss :)

#UCStyleFiles Fall in Love!

If you missed Fall Fashion week, don’t fret! I have you covered for Fall 2013 style trends.

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013

Pantone’s top 10 colors for fall includes the color of the year, emerald. These dramatic jewel tones exude drama and luxury, while the earthy neutrals bring balance and warmth.

As for trends, leather in contrast with soft drapey sweaters, sleek military style blazers and jackets are a necessary staple in your fall wardrobe. Below is some runway inspo from Fall Fashion Week:

Color Wonder! Pantone's "Vivacious" as seen on the runway in Costello Tagliapietra's fashion show.

Color Wonder! Pantone’s “Vivacious” as seen on the runway in Costello Tagliapietra’s fashion show.

NY Fashion Week photo via: Glamour Expect LOTS of Leather

NY Fashion Week photo via: Glamour
Expect LOTS of Leather

Kenneth Cole Fall 2013: earth tones abound!

Kenneth Cole Fall 2013: earth tones abound!

Rebecca Minkoff's oversized coat is another essential piece for fall.

Rebecca Minkoff’s oversized coat is another essential piece for fall.

Even if you’re not dressing for the runway, it’s easy to create these designer looks for fall on a college student’s budget. Can’t wait to see you on the UC Concrete Catwalk 😉

Had to have it! My Free People textured vegan leather skirt, $59 at Tj Maxx

Had to have it! My Free People textured vegan leather skirt, $59 at Tj Maxx

My Alex and Ani "Cute" wire bangle was another amazing fall find at TJ Maxx for $19.

My Alex and Ani “Cute” wire bangle was another amazing fall find at TJ Maxx for $19.

Free People Bees Knees Tunic $52.80 at Nordstroms

Free People Bees Knees Tunic $52.80 at Nordstroms

Transition into fall in this eggplant colored "Sweet Lace Top," $17.80 at Forever 21

Transition into fall in this eggplant colored “Sweet Lace Top,” $17.80 at Forever 21

Perfect for balancing fall jewel tones, this Chiffon top can be worn with leather or knits. $17.95, H&M.

Perfect for balancing fall jewel tones, this Chiffon top can be worn with leather or knits. $17.95, H&M.

Sleek and stylish, this stunning jacket brings you runway style for only $59.95 at H&M.

Sleek and stylish, this stunning jacket brings you runway style for only $59.95 at H&M.

Southwestern-Inspired Utility Jacket, $34.80, Forever 21.

Southwestern-Inspired Utility Jacket, $34.80, Forever 21.

You'll look chic in Forever 21's "Open Military Jacket," $32.80.

You’ll look chic in Forever 21’s “Open Military Jacket,” $32.80.

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Forever 21 calls this their “City-Chic Layer Sweater” and it just that! $24.80

 

Tangerine Dream: Colored denim is a great way to get your daily dose of Pantone color. $15.99, Forever 21.

Tangerine Dream: Colored denim is a great way to get your daily dose of Pantone color. $15.99, Forever 21.

#UCStyleFiles DIY Chandelier!

Photo Via Pinterest

Photo Via Pinterest

 

I firmly believe that no room is complete without a chandelier, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor space. How perfect would a chandelier be in your garden, or YOUR dorm?! I recently found a great tutorial from the Dollar Store Craft blog on how to fashion a chandelier from affordable household items. (Click on the link above for this amazing tutorial and other awesome and affordable projects!)

This is what you’ll need:

* Mardi Gras style beaded necklaces (from the dollar store or party store)

* Jewelry wire

* Hot glue

* Scissors

* Metallic spray paint

* Plastic Crystals, glass beads, etc.

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Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial

Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial

Step #1: Begin by attaching the beaded necklaces to the wire basket with the jewelry wire.

Step #2: Once the entire “bowl” is completely adorned with the beaded strands, continue on to attach the beads to hanging part of the chandelier.

Step #3: To secure the beads, Dollar Store Crafts hints to loop the chain link through the hook to support the weight of the beads.

Step #4: In a ventilated work space, spray paint your chandelier in your desired color. Be sure to wear a mask and protective eye wear!*

Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads

Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads

And this is how my chandelier turned out:

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MY version!

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A continuing process: I find myself adding to my chandelier every so often!

 

How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?

How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?

 

 

 

#UCstylefiles: An Evening of Art and Fashion

Fox_25“From Botticelli to Pollack. The history of art is the mechanics of Fashion and Branding: it is the marketing, presentation, selling, and licensing of a product or idea that is relevant and desirable in its time period.”

What could be better than an evening of art and fashion? An evening of art, fashion, and the opportunity to make networking connections in Cleveland’s fashion industry! Last night I attended this incredible FGI (Fashion Group International) event at the Cleveland Museum of Art and met some amazing people and mingled with some good friends and my favorite fashion professors! The event featured an exclusive fall fashion trend presentation from Saks Fifth Avenue. (I LOVED everything I saw!), a presentation on fashion designer and FGI member Ali Rahimi of Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier from John Barle, and a private guided tour of the museum from the Director of Art Studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, Patrick Melnick. NOTE: We also shook hands with the likes of someone with connections to iconic model Twiggy!

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SO what fall trends should you be on the look out for? Expect to see lots of leather, from laser-cut leather dresses to leather leggings, moto jackets, and your classic leather pant. Classic cashmere also took a sleek feminine edge with flattering draping, paired with destroyed denim. Below are some photos courtesy of local blogger Karen Yannacio Morse of GlamKaren. Be sure to check out her blog, she is so amazing!

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Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse

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Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse

Stay tuned for more! -xoxo

 

#UCstylefiles Dorm DIY!

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One of my favorite classes in the fashion program was Visual Merchandising with professor Jennifer Knaus. We were given lots of projects designed to challenge ourselves to design store layouts and window displays, while finding and creating beautiful compositions from every day items such as paint swatches.

I’m most proud of my vignette composition:

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After creating countless paint swatch lollipop “pinwheels,” garlands, and “candies” I fell madly in love with being able to design and create with paint swatches. I then realized that paint swatches are an easy commodity for college students to get their hands on, so why not devote this entry to fun, easy projects to bring color and excitement to your dorm!

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I created my own version of this paint swatch “painting,” directions and a sneak peek are below:

This is what I used:
Paint Swatches
Scissors
Recycled Cardboard (it was inside a package)
Glue–Adhesive Spray, glue sticks, and rubber cement were all used accordingly!
 

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To create my wall art, I cut various paint swatches into triangles to create my “pinwheel” motif. To adhere to the cardboard, I sprayed the cardboard with adhesive spray, working in small areas. Rubber Cement was used to secure the triangles to the cardboard. (Glue sticks came into play when the swatches became stubborn and fell off). My composition is for now a work in progress, but I’m going to decide whether or not I like the organic look of the cardboard in between, or I may continue to fill in the entire sheet. To finish the project, I will matte and frame it and voila! (Photos to follow once completed).