Clothes manufacturing and design is entering a phase similar to what food experienced in the 1970s. Spurred by the naturally available flora of Northern California, and led by the idiosyncratic political enthusiasms of the people who live there, there's a slow movement toward wearing and manufacturing sustainable clothes and linens. Duerr has taught a class at the California College of the Arts on how to color clothing without using industrial materials. Her nonprofit Permacouture Institute hopes to spread that gospel to public schools as well.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 by Allison Byers
I spent the summer of 2012 interviewing some of the most influential people in sustainable fashion.
At the time, I was co-founder of a fledging apparel startup, learning all I could about eco-fashion and the state of the industry.
Among the interviewees were Sustainable Fashion Writer Kate Fletcher, CEO of SlaveryFootprint.org; Justin Dillon, co-founder of PACT; Jeff Denby, Textile Specialist Stacy Flynn and California College of the Arts Professor Lynda Grose.
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Allison Byers
So don't miss this Thursday's "METAMORPHOSIS," when the talented artist/designers from the California College of the Arts transform the Academy (and possibly you) into something unexpected. Explore a multitude of industrial, interaction, illustration, fashion, furniture and graphic designers from CCA as they showcase an amazing, cutting-edge array of work, highlighting new technologies and innovative ideas that explore the concept of metamorphosis.
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Allison Byers
The newbie nail brand was founded by two CCA students, Aretha Sack and Janine Lee, after bonding over color swatches, rap music, and fashion. The two then forged ahead with creating quirky polishes — with adorable packaging — and an online hub to share pictorial inspiration and nail-art culture.
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Jim Norrena
According to a comprehensive, two-month study of over 200 fashion design programs, Fashion-Schools.org ranks California College of the Arts tenth among its list of top 75 fashion design schools in the United States for its undergraduate Fashion Design Program!
Also impressive is the fact CCA ranks second among the top 10 fashion schools on the West Coast!
How CCA Was Ranked
The organization consists of seven persons -- writers, designers, developers, and researchers. The end goal is to make the site the most authoritative and comprehensive online resource for aspiring fashion industry professionals.
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers
As students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Aretha Sack and Janine Lee would mix nail polishes into their own custom colors, pour them back into the jar, and sell them - "just making some Franken-polish," said Lee, using the term popularized on crafting websites.
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers
The friends met at California College of the Arts in Rockridge, where Lee, now 24, was a fashion major and Sacks, 25, studied painting. Unsatisfied with the nail polish on the market, Sacks mixed her own nail polish colors for fun and shared them with Lee and their other friends.
Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 by A. Will Brown
Fashion Design chair Amy Williams with student [photo: Jim Norrena]
"In the end, sometimes clothes are just clothes."
When asked about her career the first thing she says, as if to get it out of the way, is that she is "not famous," but after meeting her, one wonders, why not? She has all the intangibles, and carries herself with a deeply professional and confident air. Even more striking is her lack of pomp or undercutting competitive attitude -- qualities that so often accompany success.
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena
CCA's booth at Maker Faire received two Make magazine editor's choice awards
Ever since the college was founded in 1907, making art has defined what we do at California College of the Arts -- both what we create and how we create it.
Today we have a new challenge to how we create art. The Bay Area has become a vast melting pot of innovation driven by the demands of technology-reliant and design-savvy enthusiasts.
We live in the innovation corridor -- a unique stomping grounds where the doers and makers are integrating time-honored principles of craft into the ever-changing technological landscape.
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by Allison Byers
The first thing you might notice about Aretha Sack — apart from her tattoos and prodigiously blond, wavy, and long hair — are her fingernails, which on any given occasion are painted some shade of lime green, coral, or other eye-catching hues. The 25-year-old Oakland resident dresses up her digits daily, and has done so everywhere from BART stations to the Legion of Honor. Although she moved to the Bay Area from Austin in 2007 to study painting and drawing at the California College of the Arts, she soon found that she preferred her own lacquer and nails to acrylic and canvas.