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RISD: Summer Classes, May 20 Runway Show, May 21 Apparel Sale: Providence, RI

I received a very nice hello from decor8 reader, Gina Gregorio. Gina is a textile designer working for apparel and home furnishing markets, as well as a specialist in CAD for textiles. She also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the Textile Design Department. Gina has a feeling that some creative decor8 readers would have an interest in a few of thier summer courses. Gina will teach a Digitally Printed Fabrics course, an intensive course that moves from concept to design development and then onto digitally printed fabrics. There is also a Jacquard weaving course designed for beginners and more advanced students that proceeds at a quick pace from pattern to woven fabrics. Classes are being held at the RISD campus in Providence, Rhode Island this summer. Sounds like a lot of fun, so if you’re able, visit RISD online for more information and to register!

In addition, if you’re in Providence this weekend, don’t miss the RISD Runway Show! Every spring RISD?s Apparel Design students show their clothing to the public via a runway show, taking place this year in a restored 1920s theater on Saturday, May 20th. If you would like tickets to this event, please contact the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Box Office at 401 272-4VMA.

If you would rather shop for these stunning creations, you have to check out the annual RISD Apparel Sale on Sunday, May 21st at noon in the RISD Auditorium lobby, Canal Walkway at Market Square.

For more details on these two events, visit RISD online.

Thanks for writing in, Gina!

(image via risd)

Posted in uncategorized on May 17, 2006

Ultimate Tag-Sale Guide from Real Simple

Real Simple has a great guide for those of you that may be turning around the idea of having a tag sale… Do it! Since I relocated to an area where I actually have space to have a sale, I’m about to have my very own – complete with lemonade and lots of great buys. I have so many fabric books with patterns that were discontinued, lots of things clients have given me when we were gutting their space, and even more of my own treasures that I really cannot hang onto any longer. Must. Separate. Myself.

Real Simple’s online, The Ultimate Tag-Sale Guide, is a great read if you’re planning to have a sale of your own. They guide you through everything, from pricing and selling items to setting up shop, even the best day to hold it. I made over $1,000.00 at my last sale AND I got to meet the neighbors and even networked my design business, something I didn’t expect to happen at all. Thing is, some of the locals wanted to see the house so my husband guarded the sale while I gave mini tours. It was a riot, people came into my home and asked me if I hired someone to decorate! I got to tell them it was me, which resulted in chats about my business and exchanging contact information. You never know where a simple tag sale can lead you.

To read more about having the perfect sale, click here.

(images from real simple)

Posted in uncategorized on May 17, 2006

Chiasso Store Opening: Chicago

Get ready for the hippest new concept in retail, the Chiasso store. Yup, that’s right, no more drooling over the pages of a catalog because Chiasso just opened their first brick and mortar store in Chicago’s Lincoln Park at 2112 N. Clybourn Avenue. Goooo Chicago!

To help celebrate this event, take $10 off your next $50 order (web only) by entering code ANY10 upon checkout from now until June 26, 2006.

(image from chiasso)

Posted in uncategorized on May 17, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {may 17 ’06}

Hello everyone! Hope you are doing well and having a teriffic Wednesday. Just a short few days and we’ll be into the weekend. I can’t wait because I have so much planned and the sun is finally shining after 8 days of rain. Yippee!

This photo stopped me in my tracks. It was taken by the talented Imeda of the Imedagoze blog in Singapore. This shot was taken in Malang, Indonesia. You can view all of Imeda’s photos from Malang here. Imeda, if you’re reading this, I will miss you while you away on vacation. Have fun in Indonesia and Thailand! My aunt is from Bangkok – what an amazing city!

Back with some fresh finds…

(photo copyright Imedagoze 2006)

Posted in uncategorized on May 17, 2006


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