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Traditional Home Launches New Design Incubation Program with Fabricut and the Rhode Island School of Design
Competition Offers RISD Students
Unique Opportunity to Develop Woven and Print Textiles for Fabricut
NEW YORK, NY – Traditional Home magazineis thrilled to announce a first-of-its-kind Design Incubation program celebrating the talents of today’s young design
students and tomorrow’s premier designers. Partners for the first design
challenge are Fabricut and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
The Design Incubation
program is a natural outgrowth of Traditional
Home’s commitment to cultivating young art and design talent and
challenging them to develop innovative, new approaches rooted in the tenets of
traditional design. “This year’s program
is the first of a long-term initiative that will be expanded in 2014 as Traditional Home celebrates its 25th
anniversary,” said Beth Brenner,
Publisher, Traditional Home. “The students’ fresh approach to design, coupled
with their unbridled excitement and enthusiasm, will influence the textile
world—and the world of interiors—in the years ahead.”
During the RISD Spring 2013
Spring semester, students enrolled in five Textiles classes have been
challenged with a unique assignment:
Imagine a home in which they would like to live and then design a
collection of residential fabrics inspired by their chosen home.
focus for this project has been placed upon generating fresh, new ideas in a
field that is rooted in tradition. It is intended to invite personal context
and open up the potential for individual expression as students generate ideas
with real-world parameters in mind. The
winning designs will be judged in part on how well they address the question:
How can your inspiration home be a place of tradition while representing new
visions for interior textiles?
The judges, from Traditional Home, Fabricut and RISD,
will recognize excellence in five Textiles classes: Design for
Print, CAD, Jacquard
for Pattern, Dobby and Knitted Fabrics.
“This Design Incubation
program is an amazing opportunity for our students to be exposed to the
challenges that established companies face when developing new textile designs
for production,” said Brooks Hagan, Assistant
Professor & Acting Department Head, Textile
Department, Rhode Island School of Design.
Adds Daniel Hewett, RISD’s Director of Sponsored Studios, “Traditional Home and Fabricut are
providing the students at RISD with an opportunity that will make an indelible
mark on their careers. The students have enormous creativity to contribute to
On May 16, each student will
present his/her finished board and
concept to the judges, the panel will select one winning collection / design
from each class, and winning students will be notified.
“This is a unique
opportunity for Traditional Home to
provide these young designers with a national platform to gain exposure for their
immense talent and share their winning designs with our readers across the
country,” said Ann Maine, Traditional Home editor-in-chief.
“Working with RISD and
Traditional Home gives Fabricut the opportunity to educate design students
about the process that goes into the design and production of a textile
collection and enables the students to gain real-world experience while still
in the classroom,” said Nina Butkin, Vice President of Design, Fabricut.
“Fabricut is also thrilled to provide a springboard to help these
talented students jumpstart their careers right out of school. Nothing is more
exciting than that.”
winning collections and designs will be adapted by Fabricut for production and added
to textile collections of three brands in the Fabricut family—Fabricut,
Stroheim and Vervain—for release to the market in 2014. This initiative, led by Nina Butkin, a 1989 alumna of the RISD Textile program, will see a portion of the proceeds from the sales of
these designs donated to RISD to support future students and the Textile
Department. Traditional Home, Fabricut and RISD will cover this project in detail through their respective
digital and social media channels. In
addition, Traditional Home will run
an editorial story on the project in late 2013.
About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design
(RISD) has earned an international reputation as the leading college of art and
design in the United States. Recently ranked #1 in Business Insider’s
survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools, approximately 2,400 students from
around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s
degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its
phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized
facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which
critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal
arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to
become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the world.
Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the
vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for
innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum of
Art help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative
cities in the region. For more information, visit www.risd.edu or our.risd.edu.
Fabricut is one of the largest, most
progressive distributors of decorative fabrics in the world; the brand
designers depend on for everyday decorating. We are a quality driven company
providing home furnishing fabrics and accessories of exceptional design and
value to the interior design industry. Our devotion to supplying exquisite fabrics
and trimmings is over 50 years strong and continues with a daily commitment to
develop exclusive products for our customers. With an array of traditional,
transitional and contemporary styles, patterns and palettes available, Fabricut
is the designer’s preference for fabrics and trimmings. Our extensive line of
in-stock fabrics, extraordinary customer service and a knowledgeable, worldwide
sales force is unmatched. Fabricut’s dedication to the customer is at the
center of its business. Experience Fabricut and experience the unlimited
possibilities of interior design. For more information, visit www.fabricut.com.
About Traditional Home Magazine
As the largest upscale shelter magazine in
America, Traditional Home celebrates the union of timeless design with
modern living, inspiring 5 million design lovers to reinterpret classic
elegance in a thoroughly personal way. From home, garden, and green living to
food, entertaining, and travel, the magazine is a tribute to quality,
craftsmanship, authenticity, and family—a trusted resource that respects the
past, lives in the present, and embraces products designed for the future. For
more information, please visit www.traditionalhome.com.
For more information regarding the magazine’s new online companion, TRADhome,
please visit www.tradhomemag.com.