Sustainability News

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Associate professor Lynda Grose (right) with student

In the recently published Christian Science Monitor article "Trendy Threads from Waste," contributing writer Micheal Benanav turned to CCA Fashion Design Program assistant professor Lynda Grose and alumna Karina Michel (BFA 2009) for their expertise in designing with sustainability and economy of resources in mind.

Linda Grose: Industry Specialist & Sustainable Design Consultant

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Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Fashion Design faculty member Lynda Grose [photo: Jim Norrena]

Known for her expertise in developing and promoting sustainable-minded practices in clothing manufacturing, Fashion Design assistant professor Lynda Grose was recently cited in the January issue of Mother Jones magazine ("Is Fake Leather Really More Eco-Friendly?").

The popular magazine turned to Grose because of her assertions that businesses within the fashion industry can be designed to create less impact by changing their focus.

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Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes
Timber Press, 2011
Paperback, 172 pages, $19.95

Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers -- achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves on an autumn day. Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer and CCA faculty member and MFA alum Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Caroline Preibe (BFA Fashion Design 2004), whose New York–based online knitwear company Uluru has been featured in such high-profile magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, Vogue, and New York magazine, is now a contributor to Ecouterre, a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 by Chris Bliss

The winning team (l to r): Zahin Ali, Leslie Chen, James Zormeir (CCA), Cecilia Xia, and Jean Saung (CCA)

Students in CCA's Fashion Design Program paired up with UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business students to compete in a Levi Strauss & Co. case competition on sustainability. The challenge was to find a profitable business solution to address denim waste/reuse. For two weeks experts from Levi Strauss & Co. worked with the students on a variety of issues, including finance, design, strategy, sustainability, and garment life cycle.

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Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA's pioneer 2010 class of Leading by Design Fellows Program [photo: Jim Norrena]

SAVE THE DATE: Join us January 12, 2011, at 7 p.m. for a Leading by Design Fellows Program Info Night held at CCA on the San Francisco campus.

CCA’s Leading by Design Fellows Program Hits its Mark with Pioneer 2010 Cohort

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Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Several members from CCA’s community are engaging themselves in OPENwater, a two-day event scheduled for November 13–14 that celebrates the collaboration between SFMOMA and the artists, chefs, and educators who comprise OPENrestaurant—a self-described “collective of restaurant professionals who sought to move their environment to an art space as a way to experiment with the language of their daily activities.”

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Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Q. Your job involves a lot of international travel. What are some global trends in art and design education?

The overarching trend is simply the belief that art and design education has become more important—that it’s a lively, dynamic field. Creativity and innovation are the most valuable currencies of our time. We hear that China has started around 1,000 new art and design programs in the last 10 to 15 years, and there are similar government-led education initiatives across the globe, particularly in Asia (including India), starting at the primary and secondary school levels.

The premise is that the new global economy will be built on the creative industries, and there will be more professional opportunities and more spheres of influence for artists and designers. In much of Asia, traditional ways of teaching and learning are not seen as conducive to creativity and innovation. When I’m over there I’m often asked questions about how to teach and instill creativity.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sustainable Skyscrapers: Vertical Ecologies and Urban Ecosystems
CCA, 2010
Paperback, 64 pages, $25

The skyscraper is architecture's ultimate icon. The term itself conjures images of seemingly impossible, awe-inspiring loft, and as a design proposition the skyscraper raises some of architecture's biggest questions. Is it possible for a sense of community to develop among inhabitants of a vertical, stratified environment? What is the essence of a slender form? This book, the latest installment in CCA's Architecture Studio Series, documents several innovative answers by CCA students and faculty. It is designed by Mike Hu and Mai Ogiva, Graphic Design undergraduates in CCA's Sputnik studio, and edited by Ila Berman (director of Architecture) and Nataly Gattegno (Architecture faculty).

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Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Fashion Design student Sam E. Weinberg pieces together paper trianglesView slideshow 

This summer Fashion Design students were busy helping kids make geometry come alive. As part of the Exploratorium’s Geometry Playground summer exhibition was the “You’d Be Naked Without Geometry” event that offered five California College of the Arts Fashion Design students the chance to spur children’s creativity by making opulent dresses out of pink pattern-making paper.

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