1) “Fashion Praxis: Creative Process + Crafting New Design Ideas”
The history of fashion and textiles is associated with craft, cultural identity, self- expression and resources. Throughout the years fashion has been a collaborative process which shifted with the onset of mass production/fast fashion. This workshop presented by designer Katherine Soucie is designed to explore the importance of establishing creativity identity through fashion, especially for those who design it and how this led to the development of Sans Soucie’s signature hosiery textile production. Participants will have the opportunity to be involved in a collaborative drawing exercise (no drawing skills necessary, just an open mind!) This exercise is meant to address the importance of curiosity and how alternative methods in the creative process can lead to new pathways, design ideas and sustainable practices.
2) “Zero Waste and the Basics of Circular Design”
ApparelCamp co-founder Vanessa Fors hosts a conversation around the concepts of zero waste and the basics of circular design. The interactive session has participants creating a design with a few safety pins, and a pair of scissors that creates zero waste. Participants are asked to bring 1 meter of fabric and 1 pair of scissors.
3) “Visual Merchandising: What do you need to know about your business to merchandise your products effectively?”
Merchandising is more than arranging your products attractively. It’s a tool to manage and increase sales. Learn how the Pinwheel Principle will help you present products more effectively. Learn and discuss with Merchandiser Melanie McIntosh of @InspireRetail: 1) Why customers aren’t buying, and how to fix the problem 2) How to organize merchandise to make the store more attractive to customers 3) Where to place sale merchandise 4) How to increase sales without discount
This session is helpful for designers who retail their own designs in a store, showroom, pop-up or market venue. It can also be helpful designers who are wholesaling who want to provide tips or guidelines to their retailers. Store merchandising concepts can be adapted to online retail product presentation.
The format for this session will include a brief presentation, but will primarily focus on participant questions and discussion. Everyone attending is asked, if possible, to come with one written question prepared.