Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Break

The Institute of Design & Technology of SD is closed for classes during the Christmas break and will resume on January 3, 2011. We are in the process of expanding to new facilities on second floor and have limited access to our phones and e-mail during the week of December 27th. Please leave a message and we will respond as soon as we can. We look forward to 2011 and more space for creative learning
Merry Christmas from the staff and students at IDTSD.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Giving Project

In the spirit of holiday giving, our Fashion Design students designed and created corduroy dresses to be given to a local service for distribution.  The dresses will be worn by children who otherwise may not have that special Christmas dress.  Our students enjoy giving back to the community and this is just one of the many projects they have shared!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Interior Staging

This morning the Interior Decor & Staging students put into practice what they have learned about the principles and elements of design and staging a space. They gave the windows of the school a fresh holiday look. With a few supplies to start with and endless creativity, their ideas came together excellently. They successfully worked as a team and each added their input and imagination.

They were to create a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing holiday window display that combined a few of their completed projects as well as the Fashion Design students' work.

To see their ideas first handedly, be sure to stop by and check out the new window displays on your way to the Pavilion Holiday this Friday and Saturday!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all the Instructors and Students at IDTSD. Have a great and safe weekend with family and friends. Be sure to count all of your many blessings.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Portland Fashion Week 2010

For every fashionista comes the dream of having their pieces being viewed on a national runway with press, buyers, and fashion gurus. This past week, for IDTSD students, this was a dream come true. IDTSD's Creative Director was asked to present her line at Portland's Sustainable Fashion Week. Students were not only invited to experience the trip, but also to be a part of the show.

Students were able to see how a line is created first hand from the sketches and specifications to the material selections and cost sheets. They were amazed as they saw all the details that go into planning a show. Our creative director gave the students the basic concepts and then they brainstormed on accessories and how to tie all the pieces together using color and structure. Some of the student pieces were shown on the runway while others were shown in photos for the website. Several students were able to do hands-on work on garments.
On Saturday night the students were able to attend the night of "Project Runway" shows. They were captivated by the ingenuity and creativity of these designers.

On the final night the students were able to experience the back stage process and all that is a part of a runway show. They were able to experience first hand the hustle and bustle of fittings, dressing, and accessorizing the models. It was a completely different experience after first seeing how smoothly the show runs, and then to see how it is put together. This was a lifetime experience for the students as they saw first handedly all of the ins and outs of how real life situations occur. The students' work was under the Creative Director's sustainable couture line "Lenzanita."

To see our students' one of a kind work and accessories made from upcycled local materials visit Dakota by Design. For more photos and information on the show, visit Dakota by Design or IDTSD-South Dakota Made.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Decor Inspiration

This past week, IDTSD's Decor and Staging students explored ways to help their client expand their budgets with our current economics. They were introduced to various and fun ideas to create a high impact "designer touch" on a tighter budget.  The students were amazed at the possibilities out there. Many of these ideas also included eco-decorating and upcycling items you already have. With creativity, brainstorming, and some hands-on time, it's amazing what little touches can add to a space. The world of blogging is full of creative enthusiasts that share their ideas with friends and fellow bloggers and offer inspiration. *Design Sponge* is a site that offers an array of creative inspiration and goodies. To see how to create this doorstop pictured as well as other inspiration, visit their site HERE. At IDTSD we encourage students to "live out your passion" and this is something these creative people are doing.

Friday, September 24, 2010

2nd Annual Sioux Falls Greenival

This year Sioux Falls, SD is happy to host it's second annual Greenival and Bio Blitz. The event is this Saturday, September 25 from 10 am until 2 pm. The event will be located at Sertoma Park and the Outdoor Campus.Visit booths from local green-minded businesses, scientists, organizations, and citizens. Bike or take the bus to the event, and get a free sustainable gift! 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Scholarship Recipients

This year's scholarship winners are a spectacular group. They all shared their passion for design and creativity. The scholarship competition asked them to explain their goals and expectations for the upcoming school year as well as express their creativity according to their chosen program of study. They exceeded their expectations and the scholarship advisory committee was fully impressed. Congatulations to all the winners and we look forward to helping you achieve your goals and dive into your creativity. Be sure to watch for postings about the Project: Design Scholarship Competition for the 2011/2012 school term.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Class in Session

This week, eager students are attending their first classes at IDTSD. Both programs (Fashion Design and Interior Decor & Staging) have quality local students. They will be spending the next 9 months doing hands-on projects and gaining real world experience in their desired fields. Their creativity will be stretched and the possibilities are endless. We will be sure to post about any local events that they will be showing at as well as some of their progress throughout the year. Welcome to all the new students, and we look forward to your ideas and innovations blowing the instructors and design professionals away.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Local Sidewalk Arts Festival

Downtown Sioux Falls is privileged to hold the Sidewalk Arts Festival every year. This year the show is on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 9 am to 5 pm. Visit over 250 local art, craft, and food vendors. Areas also available for kids to express their creativity and have fun throughout the day. Come downtown to support and see local artists and designers.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Summer Camp Success

Summer has flown by, but not without a great couple of months of Project: Design Boot Camp. Each week, the work studios and sewing labs were filled with laughter as students learned new techniques and expanded their knowledge in creative careers. With a revamp in the class lineup this year, students were more knowledgeable and prepared for their advanced camps. This summer, we had students travel in from as far as Oklahoma and Wyoming, as well as those that only had to walk a few blocks to our studios each morning. It was great to have a full class of students eager to soak up creativity and explore different careers every week.

Basics of Sewing and Fashion Illustration were popular classes this year as students were able to learn the fundamentals and create a solid foundation for their creative futures. They learned various hands-on techniques and went home with not only knowlege but also their created projects.

Fashion Design I is popular with the more experienced students as this class allows them more freedom to design and create what they envision. They are able to see how their ideas turn into reality throughout the entire week as they apply their basic fundamental skills and then add more details and new skills.

The new Interior Decor camp turned out to be a success. Students were introduced to interiors and the vast careers that are involved. They were able to let their imaginations fly as they came up with a plan to redecorate their rooms. Hands-on days allowed them to create home accessories and dabble with how architects and designers draft blueprints.

Another new class this summer was the Sustainable Accessories Camp. Students were given the freedom to let their creativity soar as instructors helped their ideas come to life. Some of the materials used to create accessories were: inner tubes from motorcycles, recycled gift cards collected from local stores, zippers, and magazines.

It was another successful summer of creativity, exploration, and imagination. Be sure to watch for the 2011 Project: Design Boot Camp schedule. Sign up early to save your place in the classes of your choice. To receive early registration forms for next summer, call us with your information at 605-275-9728.