- CTD instructor, Ian Crawford, teaches interior design students by day. Nights and weekends, he wields a hammer, a paint brush, a screwdriver and whatever else it takes to turn a neglected Greek Revival mansion into a work of art and comfortable living space. Southern Living took notice and an article about Ian's renovation of his Greensboro, Alabama home appears in this month's issue.
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Ian Crawford, instructor in the Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design Department, shared his knowledge about White House China with 80 members of the Osher Life Long Learning Institute. His talk included china, silver and glassware used by the early presidents. The lecture was held in the Greensboro Opera House.
Afterwards, OLLI members enjoyed a Presidents' Day reception at The Oaks, the Greensboro residence and ongoing restoration project of Crawford.
The party was made all the more special because Crawford enlisted the help of interior design students dressed in period garb.They donned red and gold livery jackets, served food and assisted OLLI members as they toured the house.
The menu for the event was a collection of presidential favorites, including jelly beans for Ronald Reagan and cherry pie tarts for George Washington. Cutting into a White House cake and serving it on reproduction White House china topped off a wonderful event!
Lots of hard work, some outdoors at the height of a hot Alabama summer, went into a design project for seniors taking CTD 425 Advanced Residential Design. As part of a semester-long project, instructors had interior design students measure Tuscaloosa’s historic Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion from top to bottom and inside and out. Once done with that, they were tasked with creating a concept for the house, uses for each space and detailed designs for several rooms.
From music schools to private residences, each design was unique and expressed the creativity of the individual student.
The class culminates with Critique Week when students make mock client presentations in front of a panel of experts. The project represents a large part of their grade for CTD 425. More importantly, each student receives thoughtful suggestions from experienced professionals that will help them to perfect designs for their portfolios.
Another example of experiential learning that prepares HES students for success after graduation.
Student fashion designs rocked the runway on November 18 at UA’s Ferguson Center Ballroom. Called Fashion for Life, the event served a dual purpose – showcasing collections of apparel design students while raising money to support a charity chosen by those students. The fashion show featured 10 senior designers from the College of Human Environmental Sciences’ Clothing, Textiles, & Interior Design Department.
"The Fashion for Life runway event is a culminating experience for our apparel design students. It is an opportunity for the students to discover how fashion and their creativity can give back to the community through their chosen charity,” said Brian Taylor, instructor of Advanced Apparel Design. Benefiting from show proceeds this year was the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. ADAA is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research.
For senior design students, the fashion show was the product of four years of study and hard work. Designers started researching trends, finding inspiration, sketching and buying fabrics over the summer. On the first day of class in the fall, CTD 450 Advanced Apparel Design students began creating their collections making a garment every couple of weeks. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication these 10 students have shown this year. They each have a unique sense of style and point of view. The collection development process and fashion show experiences mimic what they will encounter once entering the apparel industry," said Taylor.
The 10 designers were Jeff Austin of Birmingham, Ala., Mary Bell of Dallas, Tex., Mingyi Bi of Dalian, China, Christina Daughenbaugh of Sacramento, Cal., Mary Rives Drake of Birmingham, Ala., Ryan Fries of Anderson, S.C., Lashandra Garner of Millbrook, Ala., Allie Gipson of Cullman, Ala., Trevor Hill of Kennesaw, Ga. and Haven Moore of Geiger, Ala.
You are in for a treat when senior design students present their collections on Sunday, November 18 at the Ferguson Center Ballroom! Join us for a fun evening and support the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Tickets may be purchased at the door.