• Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event

    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).


Fashion Leaders Challenge the Next Generation

Mentor Projects Underway in Fashion Design

Each year students in Otis College's BFA Fashion Design program work directly with professional designers to create one of a kind collections. Acting as client and mentor, each designer gives an assignment, known as a direction, for students to research and present sketch solutions. 

After a sketch is selected, the student puts their work into production, using face-to-face time with the mentor during fittings to refine their concepts. Several projects are already underway, with both mentors and students taking advantage of their new facilities in the Academic Building at the Goldsmith campus.   

Chris Chang, the founder and designer of Poesia, will collaborate with the senior class to create a wearable, exquisite collection of separates. Students will use "farmer fabrics" from NanTong China, known for its textile and garment industries, and elevate them using embroidery, bold color, and pattern. Chang describes her aesthetic as maximalism and views clothes as wearable art. "Design is about interpretation- it's not about inventing," said Chang. "That's why I never worry about running out of inspiration; there's always something happening in the world to interpret." 

Claire Pettibone, celebrated bridal designer and former Otis College fashion student, returns as a mentor this year. For her direction, Pettibone asked students to create an heirloom lingerie collection inspired by precious treasures from the past. Fashion juniors will work with recycled lace to add dimension and mimic antique artifacts. Pettibone recently described her process in translating her fashion designs into a jewelry line and the benefits of the mentorship program in an article for Otis College. 

The seniors will also take on a project from red carpet favorite David Meister, creating modern cocktail dresses in soft pastels, with subtle accents of feathers, fringe, and felting. Each of these projects touches on transformation and the unexpected, giving students the freedom to personalize their solutions. Other mentors this year include Albert Wolsky, Zaid Affas, Red Carter, Jessica Simpson, Michi, and Illia. The final looks will show at the Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show in May 2017. 


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