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Art Van Chair Competition

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Student’s Name: Deana Lalonde

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Bio: I am a current student at Central Michigan University pursuing a bachelor degree in Fashion Design.  I really enjoy drawing, creating fashion illustrations, and designing new collections.  I am also proficient in flat-pattern making, draping, and CAD design.  I have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the fashion industry as an apparel designer.  By pursuing a career as an apparel designer, I will be able to influence new styles and trends that can impact the lives around me.  I will be graduating in December 2020 with a major in Fashion Design and a minor in Visual Merchandising. 

Inspiration: I was inspired by bright, vibrant colors seen towards the end of spring and beginning of summer. When designing this print, I envisioned the design to present a fun & playful aesthetic.

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Student’s Name: Joshua Golden

Hometown: Lansing, MI

Bio: Josh Golden is a Lansing native and is a Senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Design (Design Concentration) with a minor in Art. He currently works as a research/lab assistant at CMU’s Center for Merchandising and Design Technology where he gains hands-on experience using state-of-the-art textile testing machinery. Moreover, he attended a Product Development job shadow at Target INC’s global headquarters last November and is an incoming Global Apparel Technical Development intern with Nike INC this Summer/ With interests in technical design, product development, textile science, and CAD, he strives to holistically understand and disrupt the tremendous amount of over-stimulation and pollution that plagues his generation. Josh would like to thank Art Van for this opportunity, his Design professor Dr. Su Kyoung An for her constant support and inspiration, and his Art History Professor Dr. Rachel Barron-Duncan for her constant enthusiasm and mini lectures in her office hours that helped inspire this design.

Inspiration: “Klimt x Golden 2020” was inspired by Gustav Klimt’s 1903 masterpiece “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.” Josh has always been inspired by the symbolist art movement and its emphasis on decadence and emotion, Klimt’s previous work, and the painting’s heartbreaking origin story. Klimt was not an artist to shy away from expense, and this artwork is adorned with real precious gemstones hammered into solid gold leaf. Josh wanted his chair to look (and feel luxurious) while personifying the ‘Golden’ element of his name. This chair features faux crystal acrylic legs, digitally printed water-resistant suede, and an accent throw pillow adorned with Adele’s original portrait.

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Student’s Name: Emily Doyle

Hometown: Saginaw, MI

Bio: Emily Doyle is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. She is currently a senior from Central Michigan University studying Fashion Design and minoring in Multimedia Design. She is also furthering her education and working towards a Master's Degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technologies.

Inspiration: The design of the chair enhances the original modern accent chair with added unique features. The digitally printed fabric illustrates organic shapes inspired by popular Matisse Paintings. The felt cushion is laser cut to integrate a woven technique with abstract adornments. 

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