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Beyond the Pattern

An Independent Designersí Fashion Show

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave.
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Admission is free. Doors open at 6 pm.
Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Beyond the Pattern is a runway presentation exploring the interface between art and fashion. Using live models we will be displaying a visual cornucopia of wearable art ranging from chic couture , whimsical costumes, custom jewelry and accessories to constructed metal gowns and temple dance wear.

The Young Designers Challenge this year is a group of Somerville High School students from the fashion club. These budding fashionistas will be modeling the pieces they have designed and made with their teachers' guidance.

(Downlaod, post, and distribute a publicity flyer for this show)

The Designers

Kim Bloomfield creates unique, one-of-a-kind bags for any occasion or adventure. Custom bags are her specialty, and she creates her pieces using found objects, re-cycled and up-cycled materials. Her designs show a strong juxtaposition of color and material.

Designer Tom Clark wants to liberate our necks from the tyranny of the tie, and shake up the fashion industry in the process. His explorations have produced the SolaTie, sometimes called the "untie": a versatile, unknotted, slimmer variation on the traditional necktie. It's often worn with an open collar or turtleneck, and secured with a tie clasp (men) or brooch (women), but all kinds of looks are possible. Should it catch on, a new world appears for fashion accessories: the SolaTie itself, in various fabrics and patterns, plus the designer jewelry to keep it in place. And there's more to come: shirts and jackets tailored to suit the casual flair of the untied look. If Tom Clark has anything to do with it, the options for neckwear will expand in some very comfortable directions. The fundamental question he poses is, "Why knot?"

JoAnne Coppolo creates garments that reflect her state of being . Since her teens she has used clothing to express herself. While travelling as a young adult, she absorbed the world through her eyes, drinking it all in, forgetting the self, becoming one with her vision. Today, decades later, this vision and those images impact her design process. Just living in the world itself provides the rest.

Her garment making is geared towards individuals looking for a unique piece of clothing to wear for self expression.

This year her collection for Beyond the Pattern will be a composite of patterns, texture, and color.

Rebecca D'Antonio began designing and handcrafting semi-precious beaded jewelry in 2005. She brings her love of design to life in beautifully crafted, unique semi-precious pieces sold at affordable prices. From the very first piece she created, a pair of dangling red crystal earrings, people began admiring her work. Many asking for custom designs for themselves. Her collection this year is an evolution that embodies some of her most popular techniques and jewelry pieces.

Margaret Demille: I work in a variety of media, primarily 3D, and often wearable (though sometimes conceptual).

I balance my work life and artistic life. My explorations follow this general path: I develop an idea that prompts me to begin a project or research the idea within one discipline (e.g., fiber, paint, wood, paper) and as I work through the idea, I may end up somewhere completely different. Photography, clay, metals, masks, sculpture, driftwood and woodworking, watercolor, papermaking and hand-bound books, fiber arts. My work is informed by my knowledge of ancient civilizations as well as my travels and my life abroad. I'm constantly inspired by the amazing traditions of artists and artisans both close to home and the world over.

Jen Flores has a studio at the Vernon St Studios. She is an artist and clothing designer. Originally from California she approaches her craft with color, textures and fun whimsy. Her clothing like her artwork is a montage of approaches and applications.

Lena Gorczyca is the creator of a line of locally produced apparel that combines minimalist lines, day-long comfort, and elegant practicality. She uses natural, and often organic, fabrics that feel great against the skin, and encompass the feminine figure in a proportionate & flattering way. Lena is also owner of our neighborhood boutique, What's-Nu, where you can find her work and that of unique local and international designers as well.


Katrina Jazayeri is presenting Post Oak, a line of aprons designed to serve the needs of craftsmen and hobbyists alike. Each apron is made with the user in mind, whether for a chef, a gardener, or a carpenter, the fabric, style, and pocket arrangement is chosen to produce a highly functional yet stylish product.

Ilana Krepchin: I have a BA from Hampshire college in Photography and Anthropology, and extensive training in jewelry making from a number of venues including the Decordova Museum. Post-college I worked as the Associate Director of a small non-profit arts collaborative, running teen photography programs. During that period, I also took a lot of jewelry making classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and Metalwerx. When I left that job, I decided to immerse myself in the world of jewelry production and craft shows. I worked for many years as a studio manager and production assistant for an established jeweler; and then went out on my own. And here I am. I love it.

Laurel Mitchell: I love color, pattern, and texture, and my goal is to create items that are both beautiful and functional. I take inspiration from nature, the city, and the overlooked. My work ranges from simple, work-appropriate jewelry to glow-in-the dark custom T-shirts, and everything in-between.

Hi, My name is Pampi. I am the mixed media performance artist at thirdeyefell.com. For SOS' Wearable Art Show, I am delighted to present

"Precious Body ~ temple dance wear"

What would a Beantown temple dancer weah?

Contemplative and compassionate as a monk; bright and brave as a warrior; Beauty glows from rooted poise and confidence. Rediscovered: the draped body, pinned, tucked with origami precision; the primal strike of the animal encoded in the warrior form; the change of seasons in color and texture.

Walk the wild restraint of the temple warrior.
And love like one.
Firm, sure-footed in your heart.

What would our temple warrior stand for?
Come witness.
Also, be sure to come see these pieces showcased in original performance within an interactive art installation "Hug Thyself: A Call to Self-Care" at The Temple of Infinite Love , Sat May 3, Noon-6.

Rosie Weinberg makes unusual costumes for Halloween and other events. She is a designer by training and profession. She creates costumes driven by whimsy and pleasure in making and wearing. Her favorite Halloween costumes embody bad puns and wordplay.

Emily Wensberg makes vintage inspired, practical clothing for women. She learned to sew from her mother, but didn't discover her love of making clothing until after college. She hopes that her designs provide a counterpoint to the styles and personalities that are celebrated in popular culture, and that her clothing helps women to embrace more diverse forms of expression. She often incorporates details from vintage and historical garments into her designs to maintain a connection to history and the long tradition of making clothes by hand.