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Seeking Interns!

28 Jul 2014

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It’s that time in the quarter where we are beginning our hunt for new interns! The studio is currently seeking applications for SCAD students to intern for the Fall 2014 quarter. The focus for the quarter will surface pattern designs with intern director Jane Zash. Check out all the details below (or click here to download the poster) and email workingclass@scad.edu with any questions or your application. Deadline is Friday, August 8th. Hope to see you in the Fall!

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Screen Print Day!

25 Jul 2014

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Every quarter we go back to our roots and teach the newest batch of interns how to screen print! Today we tested out some favorite SCAD designs and also personal designs from the interns. Take a look at the fun we had – all while learning!

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The interns in action.

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Intern Ben rinsing his screens fresh from the light table.

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Till next time!

Pencil us in!

Pencil us in at the summer shows! We are in full swing at the studio and want to share all our fun and exciting new collections. Be sure to stop by one (or all!) of the shows!

 

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Everyone’s Talkin’

13 Jun 2014

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Have you seen? We are all over the place lately! Be sure to check out our Media Page (here!) to view all the latest published press on our products. And to keep up with every day news, fun features by our customers, and sneak peeks of new products coming down the line, follow us on our social media outlets. We’d love to hear from you, too!

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It’s Our Annual Summer Sale!

27 May 2014

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Come see us at our annual warehouse sale where you can purchase discounted products for your home, kitchen and office! You will find your favorite pieces from the lines of Working Class Studio, all at reduced prices. We will also be offering SCAD branded merchandise at extreme discounts, and various products used throughout the year at SCAD. This event is not-to-miss, so come stock up now for all the holidays to come!

Last Week to Apply!

28 Apr 2014

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Alright SCAD students, this is the last week to get your applications in to be a Summer 2014 intern! We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 interns up until this Friday, May 2nd. But don’t worry, we will recruit again this summer for the Fall group! Hope to see your applications start rolling in!

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It’s Sidewalk Arts Time!

24 Apr 2014

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Spring is in full swing in Savannah! The birds are out, the pollen is out (unfortunately), and locals and tourist alike are enjoying the outdoors. Spring in Savannah also means it’s time to chalk up at SCAD’s annual Sidewalk Arts Festival in Forsyth Park! If you are in Savannah this Saturday, be sure to stop by as we will be selling SCAD branded items at a discount. You won’t want to miss this sale AND all the stunning sidewalk art!  We hope to see you there as they event is truly one-of-a-kind!

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And here we are! We will be located near the tennis courts again this year, so be sure to stop by and say hello! For all you SCAD students, ask us how to apply for our internship!

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We Won Awards!

09 Apr 2014

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We are thrilled to announce that we recently won four (that’s right, four!) packaging design awards from Graphic Design USA magazine! We spiritedly entered several product packaging designs to their American Package Design Award competition and couldn’t have been more excited when we heard word that we were selected! Please help me congratulate our amazing staff and interns on a job very well done! Cheers to all!

Thank you to Graphic Design USA and Neenah Paper!

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And the winners are …

The Katherine Collection Planter Set
Art Director: Jonathan Osborne
Designer: Julia Palomaki
Illustrator: Julia Palomaki
Photographer: John McKinnon

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The Carolina Collection Table
Art Director: Jonathan Osborne
Designer: Julia Palomaki
Illustrator: Lindsay Williams
Photographer: John McKinnon

Carolina Packaging STUDIO LO 4The Erica Collection Garden Critters
Art Director: Julia Palomaki
Designer: Lindsay Williams
Illustrator: Lindsay Williams
Photographer: John McKinnon

Erica Packaging Front LOErica Pacakging Back LOThe Savannah Paisley Kitchen Collection
Art Director: Jonathan Osborne
Designer: Angela Rojas
Illustrator: Angela Rojas
Photographer: John McKinnon

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Catching up with Lauryn Reiners

11 Mar 2014

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Lauryn Reiners was a Spring 2013 intern who took her creativity well outside the box during her internship. When given a design brief to create a bag, she literally let the good times roll and surprised us with what we now call The Lauryn Collection Board Games.

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WCS: Where are you from?
LR: I grew up just outside Bloomington, Illinois surrounded by corn fields and wind turbines.

WCS: Why did you choose to go to SCAD?
LR: I first came on a volleyball recruiting visit and fell in love with SCAD. I had never planned on going to school more than a few hours away from home, let alone fourteen, but SCAD turned out to be the perfect combination of things I was passionate about – art and volleyball. I started out as a graphic design major, and then discovered fibers after visiting the fibers department’s annual Open Studio. I ended up graduating with my B.F.A in Fibers and a minor in graphic design. They seemed to be the perfect complements – I loved the typographic and print design aspects of graphic design, but I also wanted to work hands on with with more textural materials. My final portfolio combined graphic patterns on a variety of surfaces. I experimented with processes such as weaving and screen printing to create designs for stationery and home goods.

WCS: What inspired you to make your collection of board games?
LR: I am a board game fanatic. When we were asked to design a collection of items that would be an “impulse buy,” games immediately came to mind. They’re perfect for all ages and you can never have too many. Even better, by screen printing them they become super easy to store, easy to carry, and they had that unique twist Working Class Studio is known for.

WCS: What have you learned about the design process as a result of working on this collection?
LR: I learned a lot about researching target markets and the manufacturing process as a result of being an intern with Working Class Studio. It took my focus away from designing just for me, and challenged me to think outside the box to create a product that a wide variety of people would like and also could be produced easily and for a price that people would be willing to pay.

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WCS: What designers or design studios inspire you?
LR: I look to many different design blogs and websites for inspiration. I love the typography and hand-lettering of Jessica Hische; the imagery from the blog and Pinterest pages of Griottes; the cute and quirky prints of Aimee Wilder; Ink and Spindle’s screen printed textiles, and the bold carpets of Shaw Contract Group.

WCS: What are your future plans?
LR: I’m currently working in north Georgia as a designer for Shaw Industries designing custom carpet for hospitality.

WCS: What advice do you have for aspiring designer/entrepreneurs?
LR: It sounds cliché, but do what you love and are passionate about. Use college as an opportunity to discover and develop your own style, but apply for internships to prepare you for working in the industry. It was school that helped push my creativity to the limit, but it was my participation in internships with Shaw and Working Class Studio that helped me understand the additional challenges in designing for specific target markets and creating products that are fresh and new – but can also be realistically produced and sold.

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Thank you, Lauryn, for taking the time to catch up with the studio!

 

Catching up with Alejandra Dunphy

AlejandraCollection_LO_1Boy have we been busy with Alejandra Dunphy (B.F.A., interior design, SCAD) these past few months! Alejandra is the designer behind a hand woven rug and pillows collection launching this Spring, which just happens to be a first for Working Class Studio! These hand woven rugs and crewel embroidered pillows bring a sophisticated style to any decor. We sat down with Alejandra to get all the details on how this collection was brought to life.

WCS: Where are you from?

AD: I grew up in Peru.

 

WCS: Why did you choose to go to SCAD?

AD: I heard about SCAD while I was attending high school in North Carolina. I visited SCAD and fell in love with the college curriculum, historic downtown, buildings, scenery and the weather.

 

WCS:When did you know you wanted to design home decor and accessories?

AD: I worked for architectural and design firms in Atlanta designing hotels and convention centers. Custom carpet design is key to these facilities. I was challenged to design patterns with a strong theme to almost tell a story and to give a sense of scale to large spaces and corridors. This is where my love for carpet, rug and textile design started. Five years ago I started my design studio AD| Studio in Atlanta specializing in interior design and product design.

 

WCS: What inspired you to make your collection?

AD: A few years ago I ventured on a collaboration with Peruvian artisans doing a sustainable line of home decor accessories using ancient weaving practices such as a hand-loom, natural dyes and fibers. The goal was to combine new innovative designs with sustainable methods of weaving. This collection is inspired by the Bauhaus movement portraying intersecting shapes, geometrical and abstracted patterns. I looked at work by Bauhaus textile designers from the 1920’s; Anni Albers and Gunta Stolzl. I was intrigued by their use of shapes and color to enhance and differentiate geometrical shapes. The result is a clean line and timeless collection that works for both modern and traditional interiors.

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WCS: What have you learned about the design process as a result of working on this collection?

AD: Having a strong concept is the key to a successful product or collection.

 

WCS: What designers or design studios inspire you?

AD: I admire the work by Ray and Charles Eames, Eileen Gray, and Eero Saarinen.

 

WCS: What are your future plans?

AD: I would like to continue to work on collaborations and licensing my designs to the carpet, textile and furniture industry, both residential and commercial markets.

 

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