Meet Christina, she came for a 3 day work shop at my Saori Santa Cruz weaving studio.
She is the assistiant designer for womens bottoms( jeans, paints skirts, etc, and Jean jackets ) for Levi Strauss in San Francisco .
She is encouraged to find studios to inspire her and Levi Strauss sponsers her decision once a year to get new inspirations for there new season's designs and come back to the Levi corporate world energized and brimming over with new ideas. I was extreamly honored to have been choosen by Christina for her "inspiration " studio this year.
Her third day will be clothing design and sewing.
She was soon weaving . I call it "weaving bliss" because Saori looms and equipment are designed to for all ages and abilities , and levels and are for ease of use.
Her color palette was one from the Pantone color selections for one of her future Levi collections.
DAY 3 Christina has returned to use her 5 plus yards for clothing designs.
when she was back in her hotel the night before she sketched, and cut and ripped off pieces of her jeans, and jackets that she had brought with her preparing for a day of design applications ,sewing and drafting.
She was excited, and so well preparred.
We drafted several hoods, chose the best one and cut them out of muslin first for a trial. She chose the special areas of her hand wovens that she liked and cut out the hood of those sections.
On to her second project , transforming a white cotton womans Levi jacket .
I added a few suggestions, to seam the back instead of one large rectangle, and turn the stripes on her hand woven vertical for the center panel she thought that was a good idea.
Just enough time left to finish one more design. she wanted to use Saori hand woven fabric for her "cut off "pockets.
A brilliant idea to extend the pockets that peek out of the cut offs.
Work shop is over and Christina is going up the lovely hwy 1 coast for her drive back to San Fransisco . She told me she loved the work shop and she was so excited to learn skills to achive and expand her visions.
Respecting students OWN individuality is very imoprtant to my teaching ethic..
All the weaving, color choices, and designs were hers. I am glad I was there to guide her. and to teach her how to weave.
It will be exciting if some day I see these Ideas in one of the Levi's collections in actual production! I will know there creation was influenced by an assistiant designer for Levi Strauss , Christina ,who was inspired by her work shop at Saori Santa Cruz with me..
Peaceful Weaving........ in the redwoods
Jill Nickolene Sanders
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