Hello all just wanted to let everyone know that the Simcoe County Museum will be displaying the garments created from the previous 3 years of the Project Catwalk competition at their location on Highway 26. The garments will be there for approximately 2 months giving plenty of time for everyone to see the beautiful creations that these talented students have put together in under 3 days with only materials found on the Creativ Festival show floor.
The students all agree it is a very worthwhile and rewarding experience to compete in this event. They learn how to work under pressure, present themselves to a large group of people as well work with various materials they would not otherwise consider.
As an instructor I look forward to the event every year even if it means time investing my time and money, the students enjoy it and it teaches me restraint as the instructors are not allowed to touch anything or their team will be disqualified. The atmosphere is great, the organizers, the students attending classes as well as the vendors and clients are all AMAZING! Well worth the effort, can't wait for this years' event!
Registration is open for both book one and two this is very exciting news especially because we will be in two campuses Barrie and Owen Sound through the magic of video conferencing! A first for this type of instruction as it is very hands-on and practical, it will be a challenge to teach; a whole new learning curve for the teacher! But I am up for the challenge after all it would be no fun if it was easy now would it?
For kind of falling into teaching I certainly am enjoying the experience especially when the students blow me away with their creations, to the point I had to remove the creativity portion out of the grading and stick to the nuts and bolts of fit and workmanship, it either fits or it doesn't, it is either well done or it's not, this is easy to grade. The creativity factor is very subjective and with the level of creativity students have shown all I could do was give full marks so it was an easy grade, but not any more, everything counts, the garments must look as though they have been sculpted to the body, painted on if you will, not slapped together haphazardly and hope for the best. Students are given rubrics for both fit and workmanship to use as guides and to have a clear picture of what is expected - perfection pretty much sums it up.... with the grades my students have been receiving perfection is not far off!
Beginners don't be intimidated once you start creating and wearing your own custom garments you will never go back to off the rack ever again, the level of comfort is beyond compare and the freedom of choice is unparalleled. It is so worth the effort of learning how to draft and sew to wear something unique that fits
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"