Welcome to July! For the first time we are delighted to be able to use the Queen of Angels Parish Center during the month of July for our Creative Workshops Program. Our new time and format is designed to address the many requests from our parents and youth. We have added a concentrated ceramics program, a drawing and painting intensive, a game development workshop and a half day junior program for our younger siblings.
Due to the huge success of our beginner sewing intensive, we will again host a beginner sewing week in late August. The format is designed to fit a full year of beginner lessons into a week long program, to facilitate the needs of interested students who cannot attend our after school program. And of course, by request, we will again offer design challenge weeks for our advanced students. If you are interested in the summer design challenge workshop, please email us your availability for the last week in July through August.
Check out our schedule under the “Summer 2013” tab.
Monday 23rd 2012 In the morning we arrived at Bonita’s at 9:00. We started right away on making designer boards where we looked in many different magazines for things we admired. When we found interesting things we posted them on our boards. After that we sketched out what we were planning to make that week. In the afternoon we hopped on the train to go into the city where we bought our fabrics and trimmings for our projects. We went to Paron Fabrics were we saw Lucy Dawid who helped us look for what we needed. Then we rushed to a couple trimming stores trying to get home in time. After getting home we departed.
Visiting the Met
Tuesday 24rd2012 Today we had to arrive an hour earlier. We went into the city to go to a Schiaparelli and Prada exhibit (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). When we found our way to the exhibit we sat for a bit watching a little video about Prada and Schiaparelli having a conversation that was made up out of each of their real interviews. Second we walked around the exhibit looking at many different cool designs. All the students agreed that the fire shoes were the best. They were heels that looked like fire was flying off the shoes.
The Barbie Exhibit at FIT
We rode a bus to F.I.T. (The Fashion Institute of Technology) were we saw a historical set of original garments that famous designers designed and sewed. We found a lot of crazy and elegant design that we sat down and sketched. We went home after a very tiring day in the city.
Wednesday 25th 2012 Wednesday was a very calm day. We worked in the studio all day. We started with cutting out our patterns. We sewed like crazy. We were very tired at the end of the day. We had to rethink all we learned ever in sewing, that was a little hard for us.
Some really soft fur by Sung Shin of Korea
Thursday 26th 2012 We arrived at nine like normal and worked for forty-five minutes before heading to the Jacob Javits Center for the Texworld exhibition. We looked for what we thought would be in style for 2013. We found a lot of black, sparkles, and bright colors. All the students loved this very soft piece of fur that we found at this booth (Shun Shin R&A of Seoul, Korea) where the lady thought that we were so cute that she gave us the whole hanger of the fabric . We looked around at all the booths. We even sat at the VIP lounge. We went home not wanting to leave but we gave in. We worked for the rest of the afternoon on our garments.
Resting in the VIP Lounge
Friday 27th 2012 Friday was just like Wednesday. We worked all day. We also had a pizza party. This week was so fun!
Just taking a break from all the excitement over preparations, with many RSVP’s coming in, for our Annual Fashion Show to share even more great news. We have added two esteemed members of the fashion community to our Critics Panel.
Angel Maldonado will be joining us on May 20th for the third year in a row. Angel has had a brilliant design career in NYC’s garment district working with Donna Karan and Louis Dell ‘Olio at Anne Klein, and later with Oscar de la Renta, Lady Madonna, Belle France and numerous other design houses. More recently he has taught design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and The Katharine Gibbs School. Most importantly for us, Mr. Maldonado’s advice for our budding young designers has been invaluable during the past two years. We look forward to hearing more from him this year.
Secondly, I am please to announce someone closer to Sunnyside, whom most of our community is well acquainted with. Jill from Petunia childrens wear store here on Skillman Avenue will be one of our professional guests. Few people are aware that Jill Callan spent more than 18 years as a designer in NYC’s garment district. She began her career in the menswear industry and after a few short years shifted to childrens wear design working for industry giants like Buster Brown, Flapdoodles and my favorite….Little Me. With a desire to open a platform for other up and coming designers to sell their creations, Jill opened Petunia just two years ago.
We are honored to have so many talented people join us. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet now is a good time!
See you there….
We are all busy with preparations for the Spring 2012 Fashion Show presentation of our student designers work. The date is set for May 20th and this is by far going to be our largest show yet! Sixty-five garments are set to “walk the runway” at this third annual event!
Returning critic Susan Williams, has held numerous prestigious design positions including designer for Ralph Lauren Womenswear and Vice President of Knitwear Design for Tommy Hilfiger Womenswear. Joining Susan will be former Evening Wear Designer Lizette Jaffe. We are excited to welcome these professionals to Sunnyside to share in our runway event!
Please check out the details on our fashion show page.
Looking forward to seeing you at the runway…..