This past Spring semester, Fabricut and Traditional Home partnered with students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for a once-in-a-lifetime design incubation project. RISD textile students were tasked to design fabrics that generate fresh, new ideas in a field that is rooted in tradition.
Over the course of the six-week semester, these talented students put their Design for Print, Jacquard for Pattern, Dobby, Knitted Fabrics and CAD class skills to work to develop amazing inspiration boards, sketches, artwork and actual fabric samples (woven on looms in the textile department). Each student presented their designs to the panel of judges representing RISD faculty, Fabricut product designers and Traditional Home editors as part of their final critique and in hopes that their designs would be selected for production. This was also an amazing opportunity for these students to jump-start their careers.
Four deserving and very talented students will now see their designs put into production under the Fabricut, Stroheim and Vervain brands. Congratulations to RISD students Susan Williams, Jennifer Siani, Alli Stocco and Nina De Vassal!
These students’ designs will be translated into fabrics and wallcoverings over the next months and introduced as part of our upcoming 2014 season. Plus, Fabricut is giving back to RISD by donating proceeds from the sales of these designs to support future students and the design programs.
Did you see the October issue of Traditional Home? Watch for more from Traditional Home and see how these designs are manufactured into fabrics and wallcovering. The RISD student designs will be available exclusively to the trade in our Showrooms and online next year.
Check out RISD’s coverage of this semester long project.
Fabricut is honored to partner with Traditional Home and RISD to provide this amazing opportunity to the future of the textile industry.