Questions we’re exploring
1. Does design thinking help students explore their identity and creative voice?
There are many decisions that students make when working on a design. Whether it is fashion, art, or any other new idea, design requires choices, and we want to know how students express themselves through their creative work and process.
2. Does taking creative risks encourage positive risk taking?
Students have many creative ideas that break traditional molds and challenge the conventions of many different fields. Through the lens of fashion, we are looking at creative risks and how these new and exciting ideas instill confidence in young designers.
3. How do young individuals collaborate, adapt, and stand out in creative group projects?
Collaborative design brings together many visions and voices into one, and it can sometimes be tricky for students to find out how to have their ideas heard while being part of a team. Across many fields, how do students approach this challenge?
Fashion Class at Nova High School
For the fall 2017 high school semester, foundry10 has partnered with Nova High School to run a fashion sewing and construction course. As many students are new to the subject, the class is open to all skill levels, and currently has 12 students enrolled.
Through program evaluations combined with an interest survey on what skills students are interested in, we are trying to better understand what excites students about fashion to design a potential 2nd semester course.
The course is focused on project-based work wherein students create garments, utility items like bags or backpacks, or other textiles. Each project takes roughly two months to complete, and the a new one is introduced. However, some of these projects can be repetitive for more skilled students, and others may want to create something else, so students are also given the option to work on a project of their choosing. Something we are striving for when building this class is the empowerment of student voice and creativity while still improving sewing and construction skills. Students in this class write a daily journal about their ideas, what their projects consist of, and what tangible skills they are taking away from the class.
We have noticed that this type of self-led structure, with students working on many individual projects, requires each student having a good amount of one on one instruction time. Our current ratio of 1 instructor for every 4-6 students seems to be working well for this approach.
Y-We Lead 2016
In 2016, we worked with a Y-We to enable young women to try out some new and creative activities. Read more!
Y-We Fashion Show 2015
During July of 2015, foundry10 partnered with Y-We to run a week-long fashion day-camp. The high school girls who participated had the opportunity to create fashion garments that expressed their individuality with the guidance of expert seamstresses and the support of mentors. Read more!