Team Harrington Transforms Interior Design into Fashion at STITCH 2013
March 1, 2013
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It was a chilly, wet and snowy night in Chicago, but everyone at Venue One braved the elements for a good cause and a fun-filled evening: the 8th annual STITCH competition, for which textiles and furnishings of all shapes, sizes and textures have been repurposed and relocated from design showrooms to the runway.
Hosted by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) to benefit the Illinois Interior Design Coalition, members and industry affiliates gathered Feb. 7 to celebrate creativity and collaboration as interior design materials metamorphosed into fashion wear. This year’s designated theme of “Masquerade Ball” required participants to craft a mask representing voodoo legends, folklore, or tales from the Big Easy - all made only of materials donated by their sponsor after they first submitted a hand-drawn sketch, pre-construction, of the intended design.
Six undergraduate students from Harrington’s Interior Design program were selected by faculty to constitute the only student group among 28 professional design firms to compete: Ashley Featherstone, Alyssa Jacobsen, Natalie Malik, Nicole Pancottine, Lisa Sneddon and Tim Naus, chosen to model the mask.
With the semester kicking off in early January and STITCH scheduled five weeks later, time was scarce as the students found time outside of class to craft their nearly 4-foot mask with paint samples (from sponsor Benajmin Moore) to resemble feathers, liquid paint and papier-mâché. The design concept was inspired by the Creole phrase Moun Ki Mouri A, meaning "of the dead.”
Harrington Interior Design instructor Liz Wersells had the task of securing sponsorship and did so through the generosity of Jason Walker, Benjamin Moore’s regional design representative (a task, mind you, she has managed to fulfill for the last nine years). Both she and Interior Design instructor Demetra Vartzikos met with the group throughout conceptualization and construction to provide support and offer feedback when needed.
The competition consisted of three independent categories: Most-accurate sketch as compared to the final product, best use of materials, and overall design appeal. Though Team Harrington didn’t place this year, their hard work was immediately acknowledged as the audience erupted in the first wild roar of the evening when Tim entered the runway and posed, tossed glitter from his satchel into the air and dramatically made his way toward the judges, his teammates and sponsor representatives cheering loudly throughout his circuit.
Congratulations to all of the Harrington STITCH participants for a job impeccably done and delivered, proving once again that our students can hold their own among professionals! Your talents and creativity continue to surprise and inspire us.
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