Last week, we heard from student Yvonne Franchini on working on a team for the IIDA Stitch’d Alive competition. This week, we’d like to let Gigi Doubek share her experience.
Aria Group’s team, including student Gigi Doubek, far right.
IIDA’s Stitch’d Alive was a terrific experience for me. I worked with Aria Group for 5 weeks helping construct a dress concept from tile by Creative Materials Corporation (CMC), NY. Our team of 5 people actually began concept ideas in early January. Although I was assigned to my team a few weeks late the team embraced me and included me in all decisions, welcoming my input. Our concept was Matryoschka nesting dolls so in keeping with that we created 2 layers so our model could emerge from one layer to the next.
Aria Group’s base form.
The skirt structure was created with copper pipe and then layered with chicken wire. The outer dress represented Russian folk art motifs in geometric and floral designs with tiles in red, blue and white. The interior dress is a short skirt in a modern tile layout in a metallic navy blue and white with a white corset and tile on front. CMC created these custom mosaic patterned tiles to our specifications and was very supportive as we journeyed through construction of the garments. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner.
The Model for the Aria Group posing after the show with a member of the team.
The fashion show was hosted at the House of Blues. That evening our model dazzled the audience with the traditional Russian folk art ensemble and then emerged to thunderous applause; revealing the inner garment of contemporary patterns and vibrant metallic blue tile. Our team won the Salvador Dali “Best Concept to Creation”
Student Gigi Doubek with her well deserved award.
We worked 3 nights a week, 5:30-8:30PM for 8 weeks. We used all of that time and more creating, constructing and problem solving our concept. The hard work paid off with a fabulous design but most importantly we all bonded over the task at hand and developed a lasting friendship. The team gave me a tour of their offices and shared some of their current and past projects.
I am currently setting up informational interviews with the team to learn more about Aria Group and their commercial projects. We also have plans to meet at NEOCON in June. Although my schedule was rigorous, I am so happy to have had this experience; to meet new industry peers and see the interior workings of a design firm. We’re fortunate to have these organizations and a school that encourages these opportunities for our Interior Design students.
The Interior Design department of COD is proud of all their students and their accomplishments, congratulations to those who participated in Stitch’d! Stay tuned to hear more from other students on their projects and competition submissions.
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