Fabricut and Traditional Home partnered with textile students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for a once-in-a-lifetime design incubation project: design fabrics that generate fresh, new ideas in a field that is rooted in tradition.
During their six-week Spring semester, these talented students put their Design for Print, Jacquard for Pattern, Dobby, Knitted Fabrics and CAD class skills to work and developed amazing inspiration boards, sketches, artwork and actual fabric samples (woven on looms in the textile department). Fabricut and Traditional Home were part of this project’s final critique where each student presented their designs in hopes that they would be selected for production.
Four deserving and very talented students’ designs have been manufactured into fabrics and wallcoverings under the Fabricut, Stroheim and Vervain brands. Congratulations to RISD students Susan Williams, Jennifer Siani, Alli Stocco and Nina De Vassal!
Zarzis designed by Susan Williams
Category Winner: Dobby Weaving
Brand: VervainInspired by the Tunisia town of Sidi Bou Said and her obsession with checkers, Susan created this distinctive figured and painted ombre stripe. For Vervain, we interpreted her design into a bold figured upholstery stripe. Fine yarns and weaves capture the ombring color while a thick cotton defines the bold figured stripe. Color Night Blue is an interpretation of the original textile.
Siana designed by Jennifer Siani
Category Winner: Jacquard for Pattern
Brand: VervainA modern take on traditional design by transforming damask patterning into a broken, reimagined layout and rich dimensional construction. Jennifer was inspired by the Prada runways and Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.
Sunburst and Sunburst Metallic designed by Alli Stocco
Category Winner: CAD
Alli was inspired by her family home and Scandinavian heritage; her starburst design resembles a Scandinavian star ornament and a design she first created out of matchsticks.
Wisteria designed by Nina de Vassal
Category: Design for Print
This beautiful, graphic floral wallcovering is based on tradition and drawn in a fresh new way; it’s modern yet classic and timeless. Nina was inspired by the cascading wisteria blossoms in Old City Philadelphia.
The completion of the Design Incubation Program was published in the May 2014 issue of Traditional Home. What an AMAZING way to jump start their design careers!
A special congratulations to the following talented RISD students who received Designs for Recognition: Amy Chiao and Marcella Sierzega – Most Innovative Textiles, Jiyoung Kim – Dobby Loom, Kyulim Kim – Jacquard, and Amanda Lewis and Olivia Wendel – Design for Print.
Patterns Zarzis, Siana, Sunburst and Sunburst Metallic, and Wisteria are available in Fabricut in Showrooms worldwide and online. Plus, Fabricut is giving back to RISD by donating proceeds from the sales of these designs to support future students and the design programs.
Fabricut and Traditional Home are currently working on the next Design Incubation Program; stay tuned to find out which school!