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design to collaborate and create prototype products. This past
summer, the program produced diverse stick figure family
decals, a dollhouse, and what Allen calls "soft sculptures - aka
throw pillows," she laughs. "But shaped ones!"
The soft sculpture project was spearheaded by Richard
Stone, a Jefferson University student with an interest in
sewing. Stone discovered Fresh Artists' "Silly City" collection
of hand-drawn architecture, primarily drawn by third- through
sixth-graders, depicting "architectural gems from their own
community," explains Allen, such as Independence Hall, City
Hall, the art museum, The Betsy Ross house, and the Liberty
Bell. Stone took one look at the collection and knew this
artwork was perfect for creating fun and unique throw pillows.
He transformed the designs into soft sculpture form utilizing
the shop's Sawgrass Virtuoso VJ 628, printing onto Fisher
Textiles 8330 Hercules fabric, and cutting with a Mutoh Kona
1400. From there, Stone stuffed and sewed the 25 architectural
pillows sure to liven up any living room or office space.
Who says design is only for adults (or that fun is only for
kids)? Through Fresh Artists, children who may not otherwise
get the opportunity to flex their creative muscles are encouraged to let that creativity flow. And who knows: Today's Fresh
Artists students just may be tomorrow's art directors, large-format
design specialists, shop owners, and studio executives.