Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tell Us About Your Internship, Kayla Jagusch

Kayla with two of her fellow interns at DKNY

Kayla took a moment to talk to us about her internship at DKNY this summer.

1.                  Where did you work and what type of textile products do they make/handle? 

This summer I worked as a design & sweaters intern for DKNY and DKNY Pure (Ready To Wear) in New York City. The company works with garments and accessories within the fashion industry.

2.                  Describe a typical day at your internship.

There really wasn’t a typical day at my internship this summer. Each day was so different from the next, which kept me on my toes. While working in the design department there would be some days where I would help the designers with print work development, fittings, and handle in/outgoing garments. While working in the sweater room my responsibilities shifted more towards knitting samples, handling spec sheets, and knit downs for production.

Kayla and two interns met Miss America (second from the right), while volunteering at the OCFR Super Saturday. This is an event in the Hamptons which donates all proceeds to ovarian cancer research foundations.

3.                  Is there something about the internship/industry/company that surprised you?

I think the only things that really surprised me were the great opportunities that this company has to offer. They are so excited for their interns to be hands on and grow within the company/fashion industry. DKNY was so open to teaching their interns about networking, teamwork interaction, building your resume, and creating an identity within the office.

4.                  How do you anticipate this internship experience impacting your work at PhilaU?

My overall experience at my internship will only impact my work at Philadelphia University in a positive way. I am so inspired to create new concepts and textiles that reflect my skills I have obtained. This internship has really set my goals high for school, work, and my future career decisions.  The impact of this internship has really made me curious and interested to learn more about the industry and what it has to offer. There is always room to grow as a designer, and this internship was the biggest and most rewarding stepping stone.  

Kayla and her sister, a current employee at DKNY, at the intern goodbye lunch. 
Thank you so much Kayla!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome Back Meg! Textile Design Student Reflects on time at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand

- I am in a shipping container swing here. Wellington is so cool, that they have all these shipping containers everywhere around the city! Coffee shops, performances, swings, literally anything could be happening in a shipping container! You just need to find them around the city, and there is always something fun to do with them!
After spending the spring term in "Windy Wellington" at Massey University, Meg Onuskanych spent a few moments reflecting about her experience.

The first picture is of me ay Massey University. This is at the back of the building where the textile department is located. (in an old museum!)
1. What courses did you take?

I took, a Wallcoverings/Wallpaper course, Textile Materials, Embroidery, and then a           Communications class to fill a general credit.
This is one of the wallpapers that I did while at Massey. It had to be textured, so I used the embroidery skills I had learned to make one of my wallpapers textured. 
2. What was the workload like for those courses?

The intensity of work at Massey was much different from past classes I've experienced at PhilaU. It was definitely more concept based. Starting with one idea at the beginning of the semester, and just developing upon that the whole time. Basically, there wasn't really a time that I ever felt overwhelmed.

This is one of the projects that I did for embroidery. The embroidery was influenced from 1900 embroidery of Lady Cory. We got to look at her work first hand, on reserve at New Zealand national museum, Te Papa. It was a very cool project, and we got to learn a lot about the history of Lady Cory, who I otherwise would have never known about!

3. How were the classes structured similarly/differently compared to classes at PhilaU?

I would say the way in which they developed the single project that was assigned for the whole semester. For each of my design classes, they wanted to see where the idea developed from, how you planned to execute it, actually execute it, change it, develop it, and then finish with something that became more specific and intriguing than your original idea.

4. How has this experience changed your perspective as a designer?

I definitely think that it is cool to see how people are doing design work other places, and being there first hand. A lot of the textile girls were influenced by faces, and you could see how their own color choices and handwork made it their own, even though they all had similarities.  

5. What surprised you about your learning experience in New Zealand?

A lot of times I would be in studio and be thinking, "Wait, what am I supposed to be doing right now?" That was because I was used to working at a fast pace at PhilaU, but there would be multiple classes spent on just one small aspect of a project.

6. How do you expect your experience in New Zealand will impact your work?

Well, since I think I am now destined to live in Wellington, I think all the culturally rich parts of the city will influence me in my work, but also just how I go about everyday life now too. 
Here is a selfie that I took when swimming with wild dolphins!! So cool! and the coolest part is that PhilaU uses the most amazing company, IFSAButler to help you acquaint yourself with New Zealand. The best part is you get to hang with their amazing advisors and go on free trips and dinner. Seriously the best company ever!
The next image is when I went to Homegrown, one of the largest music festivals in NZ. It was right in Wellington, and it was awesome to see some bands that were from NZ. I actually saw many of the artists around Welly after seeing them play there!
I was visiting Fran Josef Glacier here. Really cool, and also just a fun little hike on the way up to check it out. High-fiving the cardboard cutout of a Park Ranger. 

Here is a picture, of what I loved to do for fun in NZ! Hiking!! I am a very outdoorsy person, so being in NZ gave me opportunity to hike as much as possible. Even if it was a causal outing, the hiking and and any outdoor activity was amazing there! I am on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing here with come friends. 

Textile Students win First Prize in 2015 Fabric Graphics Competition

Winning textile by Sarah McMahon and Sarah Haas
Sarah McMahon, M.S. Textile Design and Sarah Haas, M.S. Textile Engineering were recently awarded first place in the 2015 Fabric Graphics Student Design Challenge.  Their submission, entitled ‘Antimicrobial Artwork,’ brought together functionality and aesthetics to textiles.  In their research, they found that  healthcare-acquired infections are an ever-growing problem that hospitals face, regardless of the socioeconomic status of the country. Textiles imbued with antimicrobial characteristics are being sought for their ability to kill and/or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. We found that both tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil, combined with a binding agent, inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium well known to cause healthcare-acquired infections. “

In looking for an end-use, textiles with antimicrobial finishes currently exist in hospitals in the form of separating curtains and chair coverings.  Colorful artwork is already on display in children’s hospitals, but serves an aesthetic purpose. The design is unique in that the two elements of function and design are combined into one product to serve both the antimicrobial and aesthetic needs in the children’s hospital setting.  Adding art is an essential element to this product because the end goal is to brighten a space that often has a negative connotation.

“We're so honored with the recognition and are excited to travel to Anaheim to present our work.”

Congratulations to Sarah and Sarah upon this well deserved award.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Textile Design bringing a Brighter Future: Abeer Seikaly, Weaving a Home

Photo by Abeer Seikaly,
You can see her inspiration from snake skin and weaving in the construction of these tents
A mobile living space that folds easy for transport, collects rainwater and solar energy, and is 4 season capable? It seems like an impossible dream, but for Abeer Seikaly, a mission she has made a reality. 

Since graduating from RISD in 2002, Seikaly has worked with organizations worldwide to bring innovation and beauty to the realms of architecture, textiles, fashion, and art. 

Photo by: Abeer Seikaly, energy stored from solar panels allows for illumination at night

Follow this link to One Million Women's website to read about this incredible textile innovation!
This link will take you to Abeer Seikaly's website to see her other inspiring works.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tell Us About Your Internship, Andrea Mata

Andrea working to organize the Custom Design Fall 2015 Line
Andrea took a moment to tell us about her experience at Echo Design this summer.

A. Describe a typical day at your internship
Everyday was different depending on how close to market week the week was. However some of the daily activities where the following:
Assist in sending out samples with factories following direction from designer – process involves organizing tech packs with detailed instructions, flat sketches, CADs, color cards, pitch sheets, swatches, and trims; assist in colorations of styles, assist in checking in samples (under supervision of designer) and organizing, creating, and setting up presentation materials and showroom visuals in preparation for design meetings.

Andrea continuing to work on the Fall 2015 Custom Line
B. Is there something about your internship/internship/company that surprised you?
I was amazed how fast the turn around time of a product from a foreign mill was, as well as, the quality, construction and color of the scarfs was so accurate to the Pantone colors and tech pack requirements of a specific style.
Group photo of the whole CUSTOM team division for Echo's 92nd Anniversary Party
C. How do you anticipate this internship experience impacting your graduate work?

 My team was very knowledgeable and hard working. I learned a lot about color, quality and construction of a printed scarf using different printing processes such as rotary, screen and digital printing. I also acquired more knowledge on the different qualities or fabric constructions and how they reflect the printed image that decorates the scarfs. I believe that excellent quality in color and construction of a fabric is something that will determine how successful your end product will be. 

Picture with Custom Team and Dorthy Roberts, daughter of original founders of the ECHO brand.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Textile Design Students Receive Awards in Alpaca Design Competition

Two PhilaU Textile Design students received awards in the 2015 Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association Design Competition.  Natasa Kovacevic and Morgan Jefferson were awarded 3rd and 4th places respectively in the Textile Design category for their knitted samples.  Both were guests of AOBA at the national conference held in Denver, Colorado.  Congratulations to Natasa and Morgan for their great work!

Morgan and Natasa with other winning students and sponsors. 

Morgan's winning entry

Natasa's winning entry

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Textile Design Alumni in newly released book: The Pattern Base

Newly released book The Pattern Base: Over 550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs, Thames and Hudson, 2015, includes the textile designs of four PhilaU Textile Design alums.  Congratulations to Sarah Wothers (Textile Design B.S.), Liz Weissert (Textile Design M.S.), Andrea Purcell (Textile Design B.S.) and Ingrid Johnson (Textile Design M.S.) for having their work selected for this great new book!  Grab a copy and check out all the wonderful work.  Congratulations again to our alumni!!