MakeFashion Spotlight: Common Experience

MakeFashion Spotlight is an insider’s look on our 2014 gala pieces. Follow us as we showcase each of our designers and the inspiration and technology behind their work. Photos by Edward Ross photography.

Kathryn Blair and teammate Ryan Blair, creators of “Common Experience” are both from Calgary.

“I like that the maker and art communities in Calgary are very open and easy to get involved with. It’s also a city that’s changing a lot, and it’s exciting to be a part of that. I came to work with wearable technology via physical computing, which I’d worked with for some art work in the past. My first wearable project was for MakeFashion 2013. It was called “Somatic System” and it was a coat that used a temperature sensor and a pulse sensor to monitor the wearer’s mood. It would then change colour and play music to correct (calm) a bad mood, or maintain a good mood.

You could totally commercialize a headband that would tell the world how much attention you’re paying, but it would be so scary!

I’m very interested in biofeedback and exploring the intersection between mind and body – it’s so easy to think about your mind as a separate entity from your body, and easy to think about your mind in other context – identifying with other people, imagining what it would be like to be different. That’s totally vital for our ability to empathize with others. But our minds are a part of our bodies, and our bodies have a huge impact on how we think and feel, both the physical reality of our brain, and the physical reality of other parts of our bodies, and of course external stimuli also impact our brains. I love exploring those intersections, and wearable technology and EEG provides an amazing set of tools to do that.

 

The technology used in Common Experience includes:

  • Neurosky Brainwave Starter Kit (http://store.neurosky.com/products/brainwave-starter-kit)
  • Raspberry Pi (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11546)
  • Programmed in Python
  • The python-mindwave-mobile library: https://github.com/robintibor/python-mindwave-mobile
  • RGB LED strips (like these): http://www.aliexpress.com/item/waterproof-RGB-LED-strip-light-SMD-5050-LED-strips-DC12V-SMD5050-60-led-M-5M-roll/1309890652.html?s=p
  • Hobby servos like these http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__662__HXT900_9g_1_6kg_12sec_Micro_Servo.html
  • Lipo batteries – http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__9394__Turnigy_2200mAh_3S_30C_Lipo_Pack.html

 

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Kath Blair models “Common Experience”. Photo by Edward Ross photography.

 

When building Common Experience I worked with my husband, Ryan Blair, to figure out how to execute. I tend to get an idea and execute, and my revisions tend to be in the specifics and how I’m executing, rather than the idea overall. So of the basic idea, there was pretty much one draft. Of the specifics, there were hundreds of revisions of exactly how we should do things, how it should look exactly, what it should be made of. Many of the deciding factors were practical – will this work? Will it look good? Will it move the way I need it to?

I come at this more from a visual art background and having done programming and physical computing before, so I serve as my own technical support on the programming side, and my husband Ryan is great with electronics. I also got some help from Dave at Solarbotics, and on the fashion end, from Julia Wasilewski, a costume designer.

Rather than use a model, I chose to wear the piece myself! I was very focused on getting down the runway okay and trying to keep my timing decent. I like to model my pieces myself because for me it’s kind of about that relation / intersection between wearer and garment. We had a great movement coached who helped me figured out a way to model it theatrically. She was great and very helpful!

Using the EEG (the input sensor) is the real wow factor of the piece. It’s so amazing that you can buy an EEG for $130 and read the data from it and use it to make crazy projects – nerf guns that fire based on your brainwaves, for example (http://hex-machina.com/hw/mindbullets). I used the EEG output – the attention level of the wearer – to control the colour of the lights on the garment, as well as to move servos, which pulled origami deployable structures into different states of tension.

This year I learned a lot of programming and I’ve never worked with servos or Raspberry Pi (or linux) before, but I think one of the most useful things I learned was about my personal process – I love to play with materials and test out different options, and I can put off making decisions (and spending significant money on materials) until I absolutely have to make that decision. My advice to new designers is to play with whatever technology strikes your fancy. Never wonder if you can accomplish something – see if you can find a way to do it before you dismiss it.

I think a lot of the body-monitoring biometrics is starting to become big, and starting to integrate, and I think that will get really all-encompassing and able to make better inferences about your body’s state and suggestions about what you should do, and it will be popular among the very health-conscious.

You could totally commercialize a headband that would tell the world how much attention you’re paying, but it would be so scary – who wants everyone to know if you’re not paying as much attention as they would want you to? I hope that doesn’t happen, so big-brother-ish.

You can reach me via my website, http://glass-slipper.net, or on facebook at http://facebook.com/kath.blair, or on twitter at @kathblair.

– Kathryn Blair, returning designer for MakeFashion two years in a row.

 

The 2014 MakeFashion gala brought to you by OnConference in March 2014 had over 400 attendees and showcased an inspiring collection of local and international wearable technology. E-mailinfo@makefashion.ca for information on how to become involved as a volunteer, designer, tech enthusiast, or sponsor.

MakeFashion Spotlight: The Widow

MakeFashion Spotlight is an insider’s look on our 2014 gala pieces. Follow us as we showcase each of our designers and the inspiration and technology behind their work.

Video by Paul Spenard

Shannon Chappell (the maker) is from Prince Edward Island, and Kayna Hardman (the seamstress) is from Calgary. We both now reside in Calgary. What we like about Calgary is the lack of division between different disciplines, which makes teaming up with others more about creativity and less about competition.

“Start with a big grandiose vision, go all out and try to achieve that, then work your way down to something that is manageable”

I have been working with costume design for around 3 years. In my costumes I had always tried to achieve some level of realistic functionality with them; for the most part I would incorporated LEDs and minor switching functions. I had created a Cyborg costume that had numerous parts that lit up and pulsated, as well as a hand and eye piece that open/closed and turned off and on via mercury switches.

The inspiration for our 2014 piece “The Widow” was primarily the black widow spider. Incorporated into this idea was the idea of spider sense, motion detecting and the control of large spider legs. Also we wanted to tap into peoples fear of spiders and to achieve that through a very creepy stylized dress.

Technology in the piece that we used:

  • Ultrasonics- to create a wave of light across the train as someone passed by it.
  • Vibrating Motors- to give the model a sort of spider sense as to when someone was behind her.
  • Robotic/servos- to move and operate the legs.
  • Flex sensors- integrated into the models glove to operated the robotic spider legs.

The concept and draft came partly from a photo that I had for years of a woman with giant spider legs growing out of her back. But most of the idea came from waking up in the middle of one night with the idea in my head, drawing it out, and then making sense of it the next morning. Only one draft was made and we tried to work as close to that as possible, to remain true to the vision. The deciding factors when finalizing were mainly to do with what were the technical limitations based on the design and the ability to properly integrate the design and tech together.

Many parts of the dress were made from salvaged materials. Like place mats, pingpong/christmas globes, a golf glove and lamp parts. The train was made out of gutter mesh and party streamers. A special bustle was made that was on rollers to help support the weight of the legs and train.

Assembling The Widow. Photo by Zev Vitaly Abosh: PhotoArt4U

Assembling The Widow. Photo by Zev Vitaly Abosh: PhotoArt4U

Most of the dress was a challenge. A lot of the materials and electronics that went into were a first for me. This was the first time I used robotics and more involved electronics. Also I generally built by myself and this time I had to learn to work with a team. Other challenges were to make such large legs that worked with minimal wobble based off a light weight design. Also weight was a constant problem, to which we had to come up with many different ideas on how to redistribute the weight comfortably over the models body. This was the first time I had brought in outside help on one of my creations so it was a learning process which was helpful especially when learning on how to relay my vision to other people in a way they can understand so we can be on the same page.

I worked with Kevin Loney and David Bynoe to complete this dress. Kevin designed and built all the tech for the dress and David was the one who designed and built the robotic legs for the dress. Under a tight deadline we all came together and achieved great things even under pressure.

The home for this dress I feel would be in a movie, some sort of cold dark cavern. Something that plays off the eerie nature of it and the fear it instils.

Something I learned from MakeFashion was to make deadlines and and try your hardest to achieve them. Stay in constant communication with the other members of your team and help each other as much as you can. My advice for aspiring wearable tech designers is to start with a big grandiose vision, go all out and try to achieve that, then work your way down to something that is manageable. Always be pushing the boundaries of what wearable tech is and could be.

You can find me at my website:  Infernal-Studios.com
or via email:  shannonjchappell@gmail.com

-Shannon Chappell, first-time MakeFashion designer participating in the 2014 gala.

 

The 2014 MakeFashion gala brought to you by OnConference in March 2014 had over 400 attendees and showcased an inspiring collection of local and international wearable technology. E-mail info@makefashion.ca for information on how to become involved as a volunteer, designer, tech enthusiast, or sponsor.

Gala Wrap-Up

Wow! What a night!

Our first Gala and Runway show was an amazing night. Our event sold out days before the show and our fabulous designers amazed the audience with their skill and creativity.

Designer Kyle Nylund's "Grandstand" features performer Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz in a two-hoop performance. Photo: Jeff McDonald Photography

Designer Kyle Nylund’s “Grandstand” features performer Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz in a two-hoop performance. Photo: Jeff McDonald Photography

 

The show began with performances from La Gogue and Hoop Around. The go-go dancers sported light-up corsets and glowing hula-hoops as they warmed up the audience for the evening. Throughout the event, justcocktails.org served their signature Make Cocktail molecular cocktails selections.

The runway show began with Ferro Fuse by Melissa Skowron and Casey Hughes, showcasing beautiful jewellery infused with ferrofluid technology. Maria Orduz’s runway piece was next, a gown enhanced with sparkling LEDs that brought to mind a sky full of stars.  Night Envy followed with exciting club wear including light-up fedoras, ties, and apparel. Vlad Lavrovsky’s Synthesia launched a never-before-seen innovative wearable accessory, appropriately matched with an upbeat soundtrack and light show.

Laura Dempsey amazed the audience with her motion-sensitive runway dress. Designed with a dancer in mind, the dress responded to the dancer’s movements as she danced and leaped across the runway.

Laura Dempsey's motion-sensitive dress. Photo: Zev Vitaly Abosh for Fashionsign Magazine

Laura Dempsey’s motion-sensitive dress. Photo: Zev Vitaly Abosh for Fashionsign Magazine

 

Kath Blair’s mood-sensitive garment took the stage next, followed by Angela Dale’s awe-inspiring “Chameleon Cocktail Dress”. Both dresses were a hit with the crowd and photographers as they showcased the exciting capabilities of programmable LED strips within clothing.

Angela Dale's Chameleon Cocktail dress was synched to the music and fully-programmable. Photo: Jeff McDonald.

Angela Dale’s Chameleon Cocktail dress was synched to the music and fully-programmable. Photo: Jeff McDonald.

 

The next segment of the show featured an unexpected live keyboard/vocal performance to launch the “Dori” shine collection jewellery designed by Dorian Kominek. As the singer  proclaimed “shine bright like a diamond”, Dorian’s models walked the runway with beautiful light-up earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

Kyle Nylund continued the performance theme with a breathtaking show by hoop artist Geoffery Szuszkiewicz. Kyle’s piece featured hand-dyed fabric, leather and a primal headdress contrasted with a two high-tech hoops that seemed to multiply as they spun.

The finale of the show was a third piece from the Night Envy team from designers Betsy Hinze, Felicity Hard, Carsen Kendall, Vlad Lavrovsky and Shawn Grover. A regal figure in a ball gown appeared on the runway paired with two male models. The crowd cheered as the models ripped off their shirts to reveal luminescent “tattoos” across their chess. This edgy and innovative finale left everyone with a smile on their face as the models and designers walked the runway for a final bow.

Fairytales come to life with Night Envy's performance. Photo credit: Zev Vitaly Abosh/Fashionsign magazine.

Fairytales come to life with Night Envy’s performance. Photo credit: Zev Vitaly Abosh/Fashionsign magazine.

 

Huge thanks to everyone who attended the event: we hope you had as much fun watching as we did putting it on! The pieces from the runway show will be on display at events throughout the year: keep checking our website or like us on facebook to keep in the loop.

Another huge thanks to our sponsors and community partners:  Awesome Foundation CalgaryVictoria Park BRZ, WestJet,  Justccocktails.org, Chelsea Klukas Creative, 22nd Century Social Club, Beakerhead, Yelp, Calgary 2012Endeavor Arts, Evolved ProductionsProtospace, EGroup Canada furniture, Ingenuity Couture, La Gogue, Hoop Around, and Make3d!

We would also like to thank Solarbotics for all of their technical help, Designing on the EdgeArti CAL and Personalize it Fashion for their garment expertise.  Thanks to Ben Reed for his late nights with the laser cutter, Arielle Land for her tweeting expertise, Kevin Loney for his beautiful box making expertise, Vlad Lavrovsky for going above and beyond with his help on the catwalk and lightwall (the lightsmabob!) and Jason Bedard for volunteer help.

We also couldn’t do it without our amazing volunteers – thanks everyone!

Thanks again Calgary for your support, we can’t wait to start planning for next year!

See more photos of the event at these galleries:

Zev Vitaly Abosh for FashionSign

Jeff McDonald

Faby Martin

Anthony Yuen

 

We will have more photos and videos to share soon!

 

 

Make Cocktails Fundraiser August 17th

Order tickets via Eventbrite

Come down and support MAKE Fashion with the most tantalizing libations Calgary has ever seen. Imbibe with the fashion conscience Calgarians while contributing to this amazing cause.

Darren Fabian & Philippe Grandbois (@Candelacalgary, @Alloydining, @justcocktails, @TrueSpiritsImports, @GboisGroup) will be showcasing Molecular Gastronomy & Mixology with 6 amazingly artistic molecular cocktails, along with a few seasonal classics for the less adventurous,

Imagine a full strength Mojito is a single bite, or a “painted” cocktail on edible paper.

The best part…you get to learn how and do it yourself if you so desire.

Cocktails will all be sold for $5.00 ! (These are valued at $15.00)

Wine will be some amazing bottles from the cellar of Alloy Restaurant.

Canape’s and small bites will be on hand as well to pair with our cocktails.

Music will be spun by our favourite local DJ to keep things moving.

We will also have a local Graffiti and Multimedia artist on hand spraying the back walls and offering you an opportunity to do the same.

Lastly, the Gallery is featuring some amazing art under the “street art” theme for your viewing pleasure.

Come MAKE your mark on the MAKE Fashion Initiative.

Partners in this event will be CORBY Distillers, Digital Alberta, Exquisite Catering, Candela Restaurant (Opening in September), Chelsea Klukas Creative & Grandbois Group Inc.

BACK DOOR ACCESS ONLY (Alley) – Passwords will be delivered on the date or with your ticket purchase.

 

Order your tickets now!

Introducing the 2013 MakeFashion Designers

We are pleased to announce our designers who will be presenting in the  2013 runway show.

Ferro Fuse: Melissa Skowron and Casey Hughes

The concept of Ferro Fuse is to provide the Calgary community with a new, functional way of interacting with ferrofluid technology – as fashion and art. The properties of the ferrofluid contained within a display vessel, and embedded as part of an ensemble of other fashion designs serves to solidify the connection between art, fashion, and technology. Website: Casey Hughes / Melissa Skowron

Maria Orduz
Maria Orduz is a Colombian Born Fashion Designer. She discovered her love for the industry at an early age, often watching international runway shows and attempting some sketches of her own. This love took her to Toronto, where she graduated Top 20 in the Fashion Techniques and Design program at George Brown College.

Maria has been involved in the Calgary fashion scene since 2009 participating in Alberta Fashion Week, Designing for local film “ The Subliminal Rabbit Presents” and “ The Golden Ticket Charity Gala”. She has also been recognized for her participation in “Triumph’s international Inspiration Award” placing Top 10 ( Featured in Elle Canada), Metro News “Wearable Art Contest” ( second place) and has been recognized by  Avenue Magazine ( Calgary) as one of the Top 10 Designers to watch.

Maria hopes to portray her love for creativity with the MakeFashion Project, creating a beautiful garment with elements foreign to the designer. Web: Maria Orduz

Project: Second Skin: I have based by design idea in the concept that Fashion and Technology make such an essential part of our daily lives, that they both feel as close to us as our skin.


Kathryn Blair

Kath has lived all of her life in Calgary except four years she spent in Vancouver studying visual art at the University of British Columbia, and is now spending her days as an arts marketer and her evenings, nights and early mornings as a visual artist. .She likes art because she likes having her mind blown, so she likes exploring ideas that tie her brain in knots, confuse, or fascinate her, and the intersection between technology and art is a great way to do that – so she’s super excited to be part of make:fashion. Web: Glass-Slipper.net

Project:  Somatic System is a device – a theraputic clothic accessory, which responds to you to help you respond to the world! Equipped with sensors, it will provide positive stimulus in the form of light and sound.

Somatic System will explore themes of how we use technology to control and monitor ourselves (and how we use technology to think we can control ourselves), the extent to which wearable electronics could break down our conceptual division between mind, body and environment, and the way in which we can respond to programmatic responses the same way we’d respond to considered responses from another human (which are, to some extent, programmatic responses themselves).


Laura Dempsey

Laura Dempsey is a designer with a degree in architecture from Dalhousie University and a particular interest in light and its many incredible qualities. She has lived in London (UK), New York, Halifax, and Boston, but is happy to be back in Calgary and to have the opportunity to immerse herself in the city’s vibrant design community. Her previous wearable artworks were presented at the NSCAD Wearable Art Show, where she was awarded the Juror’s Prize. Web: Portfolio

Project: Laura’s piece will combine light, movement and performance to highlight the unique nature of wearable art and the connection that inevitably forms between the art and its wearer.


Angela Dale

Angela Dale is a costume designer with over 25 years of experience working in theatre, film, opera and dance. She is intrigued by the marriage of technology and design and excited about the possibilities this creates.

Project: The “Chameleon Cocktail Dress” and headdress uses LED’s and micro controller technology to create an animated color changing high fashion garment.

 

Kyle Nylund

Kyle Nylund is a practicing artist and designer working in the Calgary area. He holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Kyle is very inspired by contemporary fashion and aspects of gender. His work often reflects these influences using a wide variety of materials to create art on the body. Web: Portfolio


Team Night Envy

Night Envy was forged from the glowing aspirations of our very own Carsen Kendel. Two years ago he recognized a need for high end illuminated clothing. Night Envy pushes the boundaries of fashion each and every day. Through our unique collection and intimate connection to electronic music sub-culture, we have been able to light up much of Western Canada. The future is most definitely looking bright for Night Envy.
Night Envy’s MAKE fashion project will astound. Man has often gazed toward the stars for answers, for guidance and for inspiration. We have harnessed the very power of the cosmos in order to bring this vision to you. Classical style augmented with new age technology has been the focal point of this project and represents the natural beauty and wonder that we sometimes take for granted. Naturalistic allure and humanistic application will stimulate your senses and open your mind.
Night Envy, in Light we Live and Love!

Shawn Grover
Shawn Grover is a jack of all trades and can chat comfortably on topics such as network engineering, desktop development, web application development, the pros and cons of various frameworks, server installations and maintenance, end user support, and even electronics and business. He has been active in the Open Source community for quite a while and enjoys sharing information whether instructing formal classes, doing informal presentations, or one on one discussions. When not working, Shawn enjoys spending time with his daughter and his friends, and learning new things. For MAKE Fashion, Shawn has pioneered new 3D printed parts that greatly improve the assembly of complex fashion items.

Felicity Hart
Felicity Hart was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. At a young age, she recognized her interest and talent in visual arts; and recently felt the need to further this interest. In 2007, she was accepted into the School of Performing and Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School. She graduated high school with a Certificate in visual arts with a specialty in drawing. She is currently going into her third year at the Alberta College of Art and Design for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media. She works in many mediums, including watercolours, oils, etching, and sculpture. She is currently exploring themes of religion, iconography, and the taboo within her work.

Betsy Hinze
Betsy Hinze is more than just your typical glass-blowing, pie-baking, nature-walking art student. She also knows how to create a compelling piece of art. Born in 1991 in Idaho, Betsy started doing art at a young age from finger-painting walls to sculpting mud pies. Today, Betsy is attending Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary specializing in glassblowing and interactive installations, and perfecting her baking skills in her (rare) spare time.

Carsen Kendel
Carsen Kendel is Founder and President of Night Envy Inc. Visionary behind the initial Night Envy line and aficionado of all things glow. Poised to complete his Bachelor of Business Administration with a marketing major and a minor in entrepreneurship this spring. He seeks to personally deliver glowing clothing to all those who need it!

Vlad Lavrovsky
Vlad Lavrovsky is a programmer, biochemist and whimsical light addict. He is constantly pushing the boundaries of wearable electronics with a focus on illuminated pieces. With a degree in Bioinformatics and a skill-set that includes embedded system design and genetic engineering, he can never seem to do just one thing. He is the technical lead of the Night Envy MAKE Fashion team. Known for cursing continuously as he often glues and solders himself to his own work. If it looks like a fingerprint, it probably is.

Web: Night Envy

 

EL Wire workshop

EL Wire Dress, Diana Eng's Fairytale Fashion Show at Eyebeam NYC / 20100224.7D.03492.P1.L1.C23 / SML
EL (Electroluminescent) wire is thin copper wire coated in phosphorus that glows when current is applied to it.  It is used for costuming, decoration and as accent lighting.

EL wire is flexible, comes in many colours and is very easy to use when you learn a few tricks!

We will provide:

  • soldering irons
  • copper tape
  • drivers
  • batteries
  • EL wire in a variety of colours

The workshop will cover cutting, terminating and soldering, as well as methods for attaching it to clothing.

Tickets available here!!

Endeavor Arts
1209 1 St SW
Suite 200
Calgary, AB T2R 0V1
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (MT)

Summer Workshops: Jewellery, Hats & Costumes

MakeFashion has officially launched with three workshops scheduled in July. The workshops are open to the public and offer fun, easy-to-do projects. The workshops do not require any previous experience. Each workshop offers basic materials and projects, but if you have a specific project in mind (want to re-vitalize grandma’s old jewellery or start early on your Halloween costume?)  feel free to bring your ideas and extra materials.

All workshops are held at Endeavor Arts, located centrally at 12th ave and 1st St SW.

*We’re moving the jewelry workshop to Protospace, but will still be meeting at Endeavor at 6pm prior to heading down.

Wed July 4. 6 to 9pm
Jewellery – Hosted by Protospace & Endeavor Arts – $20.00

LED, batteries and a variety of lasercut jewelry kits provided.  Additional kits can be purchased onsite.

Purchase tickets for the jewellery making event. 

 

Sat July 7. 10am to 1pm
Hats – Hosted by Night Envy & Endeavor Arts – $49.00

Make your own EL Wire hat!
EL Wires, drivers and batteries are provided to get you going.
Hats are provided (one size fits most!) for an additional $10, but if you have a hat you’d like to work on, please bring it!

Purchase tickets for the hat making event.
Sat July 14. 10am to 1pm 
Costume Patches – Hosted by Mike Hermann & Endeavor Arts – $49.00

“Pattern patches”
This shows how you can put fairly complicated EL wire patterns on large patches.
The patches are made from vinyl and backed by velcro. They are intended to be removeable for washing costumes, and are connected electrically to each other. Multiple patches are combined to form a costume. Upper/lower arm, upper/lower leg, torso, shoulders, etc.
EL wire is attached using a standard sewing machine, loaded with lightweight monofilament (fishing line).
EL Wire, driver, battery and patch material provided.

Purchase tickets for the costume patch event.

MakeFashion Launch Party Wrap-Up

 

The MakeFashion launch party on June 6th was an exciting preview of the upcoming festival as well as a dialogue on the future and relevance of technology-integrated fashion.

The panel, featuring Jeff de Boer, Dee Fontans, and Lara Prebster (led by event organizers Shannon Hoover and Chelsea Klukas) discussed the merging of arts and technology, the cultural significance of arts and technology, and the practical uses of technology in clothing. The panelists also discussed their own experiences and their vision for the future potential of fashion and technology.

 

The event also featured a molecular cocktail bar by Phil Grandbois complete with smoking bourbon shots and alcoholic gelatin.

 

Local designer Kyle Nylund modelled a spectacular preview of the MakeFashion runway show in September. The deadline for entries has been extended to June 29th, and designers, creatives, and technology enthusiasts are encouraged to apply.

 

Interested in contributing to MakeFashion and becoming a part of this exciting festival? MakeFashion is currently seeking sponsorships and offering packages to our sponsors, contact shoover@gmail.com for more information.

 

View the full gallery of event photos by Faby Martin here!

Call for Designer Proposals

Proposals are now closed. Stay tuned for info on our selected designers!
The MakeFashion initiative is a collaboration of great minds who want to demonstrate that the convergence of Technology and Art can result in a form, fashion and community brand new to Calgary. Creativity and innovation are the guiding principles to unit fashion, jewelry and accessories designers with software and hardware engineers. Along with technology enthusiasts, creatives and those that just simply like to engage in cultural experiments – all are invited to participate in the MakeFashion event series.
Beginning with a Launch Party in early April, followed by a series of Workshops on jewelry making, hats, shoes and handbags retrofitting and leather crafting. A Symposium of thought leadership of where Art and Technology can take us culturally and economically and the Grand Finale Fashion Show showcasing “best-in-breed” designers in mid-September. All materials “fashioned” will be using two main products, LED lights and wire filament.
The fashion show will feature 10-15 designers each showcasing a wearable art piece (the idea is one piece per designer, but your proposal can include multiple works if desired). The pieces will be curated by the MakeFashion committee based on quality of proposals. There will be a gallery show at Endeavour Arts after the runway show displaying the pieces and other opportunities with partnering festivals.
We have various resources available to designers, including technical assistance for the electronics, working space, and various tools such as laser cutters and 3D printers. More information about specific tools and resources will be shared at the next designers info meeting (date TBD) or by contacting us.
Each artist will receive a $500 artists fee and up to $1000 to cover materials (there are no rules against spending over this limit, but this is the maximum amount that will be sponsored). Proposals should include a detailed description of the piece (a drawing/sketch is ideal), a list of materials and costs, required resources (i.e.: tech assistance, laser cutter, etc.) and information about the concept of your work. Proposals can be sent in .pdf form to chelsea.klukas@gmail.com (Note: Proposals are now closed)