The art exhibitions in the CCA building seemed to resemble construction work at times that I was momentarily confused whether the school is currently undergoing a renovation. But after seeing fashionable Amy Williams walking about seamlessly around and about the installations and towards the VIP reception at the back, all was fine in the world. I should not be surprised; CCA is the top school in the world for sustainable fashion education. No materials are off-limits, the students’ creativities are boundless and refreshing.
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
Attending the MFA show at one of the Bay Area's large art schools is like getting bludgeoned by art. After about a half-dozen presentations I am full, my critical faculties have been short-circuited and I have been forced into submission. Think about it, at any given group show, you might see one or two pieces from (at the most) twenty artists. Or on any Art Murmur or First Thursday outing, you might visit five or ten solo shows.
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013 by Allison Byers
Calling all bike nerds – a new series of Bike + Design lectures hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America and California College of the Arts just launched yesterday. If you’re into the history of bike culture, innovation of bike design, or bike brand building, you might want to check out these lectures by some of the biggest names in the Bay Area bike world.
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Allison Byers
Textiles instructor Sasha Duerr (center) and Local Wisdom students (photo: Jim Norrena)
This spring, CCA Fashion Design students addressed questions about garment use while participating in Local Wisdom, an ongoing international fashion research project that examines how we use, share, and engage with our clothes.
Several student projects selected as finalists will be featured in spring 2014 in a participatory symposium and exhibition in London, along with work from six other international design schools.
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Allison Byers
The first applications, however, are pure art. Lee lead an exhibition at San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts called By-Product Becomes Product inviting five artists who worked with the new wood material. Their creations range from benches with woven planks to a series of birdhouses and a pickup truck cap. The material was not under much strain (it was neither coated to protect from rain, nor under much load), but Lee says the next step is to start introducing the material as a practical substitute for its conventional but toxic counterparts.
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 by Allison Byers
San Francisco Bay Area schools that made the list are Mills College, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley.
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Michecia Jones
Earlier this month, CCA alumna Amber Clisura took over the Oakland Metro Opera house to debut her line of Salt Clothing in a fashion show, featuring local Bay Area designers.
Maghan McDowell, who writes for the Style section of the San Francisco Chronicle's Style section was there to capture the event.
Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Alumnus Neil Grimmer in Times Square after opening the New York Stock Exchange
Neil Grimmer (BFA Sculpture 1995) epitomizes success.
He’s an accomplished conceptual artist and designer (with past exhibitions at Catharine Clark Gallery, New Langton Arts, Southern Exposure, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others) and today serves as CEO of Plum Inc. (formerly Nest Collective), a pioneer and global provider of premium, nutritious organic baby food with brand name Plum Organics, which Forbes magazine named #19 on its 2013 list of "America's Most Promising Companies."
And he's a dad on a mission. Watch video »
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
“Absolutely, I think it’s a smart investment for students to learn about sustainable design, because it’s very much the future of our industry,” Amy Williams, chair of the fashion program at the California College of Arts, said.
So, with that in mind, and this being Earth Day and all, we rounded up the top five eco-minded fashion programs all around the globe.
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Chris Bliss
For the third year in a row, California College of the Arts has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.
The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges profiles 320 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The free guide is the only comprehensive, annually updated guide its kind.