CCA's sold-out 2012 Annual Fashion Show, a favorite among the numerous commencement-week events held at the college, took place Friday, May 11. The runway presentation, held inside a trademark tent in front of the main building on the San Francisco campus, is the program's capstone event of the year and serves to showcase the innovative thesis collections built by senior Fashion Design students.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Jim Norrena
(l to r) Fashion Design chair Amy Williams, Maybelline representative Gabriel Almodovar, and program manager Pam Zahedani
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Christina Linden
Amy Campos and CCA students at the Dolores Shelter Program
In fall 2011, CCA faculty member Amy Campos and a group of Interior Design students worked with Dolores Shelter Program (DSP) as part of an ENGAGE at CCA course. Their brief: to generate ideas for the renovation of DSP's homeless shelter on South Van Ness in the Mission District of San Francisco.
The facility's residents are in great need of an empowering and supportive sense of place, hope, and safety, and the aspiration was to facilitate this via better space planning and organization, and the creation of more durable and usable furnishings and storage.Read the rest
The word speculation is altered by the context in which it appears. Stockbrokers use it in a certain way, workplace gossips in another.
There's also an architectural dimension that kicks in as designers pursue visions that have no realistic chance of ever being built. There are different motivations: to plant seeds, question norms or nudge the public debate.Read the rest
As fellow commuters rush through BART, you slow down, lifting your eyes to take in the illustration on the mezzanine wall: It's a bright, color-soaked poster of an aging Japanese woman looking on as a young, kimono-clad bride is saturated with light from a golden lantern.Read the rest
Not to distract from holiday-weekend drinking (our annual rosé rundown arrives Sunday) but here’s a shopping tip not related directly to bottles.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Christina Linden
Eduardo Pineda (right) plans the Shorenstein site mural with students in his ENGAGE at CCA course
Eduardo Pineda is a recent addition to CCA's Diversity Studies faculty, but he is a member of long standing in Bay Area community-arts circles. Since he has begun teaching at the college, he has gravitated in particular to the programs hosted through CCA's Center for Art and Public Life, especially the ENGAGE at CCA courses, in which students work with community-based organizations and outside experts to address pressing local issues.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Allison Byers
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 by Allison Byers
A student-to-student mentoring effort known as the Athena Project has just finished its spring semester session, held over 10 weeks in the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Oakland's Fruitvale District.
Sponsored by the California College of the Arts, the Athena Project brings together 12 juniors and seniors from the college with a group of middle school-age students in grades six through eight from the United for Success Academy, a short walking distance from the park.
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Allison Byers
Contradictory as it may seem, absence can be a potent visual tool for addressing representation. Whether exploring a setting devoid of its central subjects or presenting marginalized histories and persons that have been sidelined from the dominant cultural record, Tammy Rae Carland’s photographs can manifest human intimacies and vulnerabilities, sometimes without any body in the image.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 by Allison Byers
Some of the best trend spotting in town can be found on the corners of Polk and Eddy, Fourth and Mission, or Eighth and Hooper, where fashion students gather during breaks, many wearing their own designs or inventive thrift store finds. They're everywhere, from Dogpatch to Ocean Avenue.Read the rest