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  • Tim Walsh, is the inventor of the board game Blurt!, which sold more than a milion copies. Tim has lincesned toy and game concepts to Hasbro, Mattel, Brio, Educational Insights, Imagine Entertaiment, and others. Be inspired and entertained by the stories behind the creation of blockbuster toys and games.

     

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Opening Reception and Acoustic Event: “Tuning the Room” lead by Gregory Lenczycki and Ken Goerres. Gastronomic tuning tastings and elixirs provided by Eden Batki.
     

  • The measure and alterations of Craycroft’s “room tuning” are framed in relation to its setting within the art gallery of an art school. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, and in anticipation of the exhibition runtime falling during the first months of the new administration, Tuning the Room is a proposal to pay attention to the role that art and art education play in how voices are heard.

  • Robin Coste Lewis won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review. She has taught at Wheaton, Hunter, Hampshire, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a fellow of Cave Canem and of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, as well as a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC.

  • Artist Anna Craycroft, of the current exhibition Tuning the Room in Ben Maltz Gallery, in discussion with artist and curator Micah Silver.

  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures
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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

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Invista Sponsors Student Swimwear Design Project

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Students Get Lessons in Working with Xtra Life LYCRA® Fiber Best Swimwear Designs Presented on the Runway May 8 in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES – February 25, 2010 – Fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles are putting the finishing touches on a collection of swimsuits they created with the support of INVISTA, makers of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. INVISTA provided sponsorship dollars, fabric and education on the benefits of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber to college students in the fashion design program at Otis. Eighteen juniors - working under the direction of professional designer and student mentor Trina Turk - have each created a contemporary swimsuit and coordinating cover-up, using fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. The best of these swimwear looks will debut on the runway at the Otis 2010 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show on May 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Andrea Matousek, Swimwear Marketing Manager North America at INVISTA Apparel, spearheaded this sponsorship project. “Many of the swimwear industry’s top designers are graduates of the fashion design program at Otis. So it made perfect sense for INVISTA to help with the education and training of the next generation of swimwear designers.” Matousek, who participated with Turk in the student design process from design direction, research, sketch selection, and fabric fittings to construction of a final garment, also brought important resources to the college. INVISTA Scientist Andy Blab presented two comprehensive lectures to Otis students and faculty on the benefits and technical demands for incorporating stretch fabrics in garment design. And swimwear textile manufacturer Texollini provided fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber for the student designs. On April 8, executives from INVISTA will serve on the fashion design jury that determines which Otis student designs will be featured in the annual fashion show.

“When industry heavyweights like INVISTA invest time and resources in the education of young designers, they are insuring the future of fashion,” says Rosemary Brantley, founding chair of Otis Fashion Design. “We are thrilled to have INVISTA as first-time sponsors, and look forward to a continued partnership with them.”

The professional designer/mentorship program is unique to Otis, and is the primary reason that Otis is considered one of the best fashion design schools in the country. Current and past design mentors for Otis Fashion Design include Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Trina Turk, Bob Mackie, Todd Oldham, John Varvatos, Diane von Furstenberg, Yeohlee Teng, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isaac Mizrahi, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens, as well as top designers from Hurley, Quiksilver, Anthropologie, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike. Past and present design project sponsors include Swarovski, Cotton Inc., Nike, Nordstrom, and Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber.


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ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
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