This year the Art Club wanted to connect with other artists at other schools. So they created art postcards and are mailing them off to art students at Lynnfield High School. The BHS artists invited the artists to draw, paint or collage on the postcards and mail them back. I'm looking forward to seeing how the students collaborate on these postcards.
Dress up on Friday as an artist, or famous work of art and you will be rewarded!
Rachel Faller was one of my first students here at BHS. She was delightful to have as a student because she was not only academically gifted, but a talented artist. Rachel also stood out from the crowd because she was so personally motivated. She always questioned the norm and thought about others. Rachel studied art at Maryland College of Art and Design and received a Fulbright Scholarship. Here is a wonderful video from her Kickstarter Campaign and information about her company.
A zero-waste fashion label producing in Cambodia. We design comfortable, wearable clothes that are as unique as their makers.
What is tonlé?
tonlé is an innovative fashion label based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We design and produce sustainable, wearable clothes that are as original and beautiful as the people who make them. We adhere to principles of transparency, fairness, and waste reduction in everything we do, from the big stuff like wages, down to the little things like the materials in our buttons. We’ve spent years crafting a zero-waste design process that incorporates leftover scraps of recycled materials into original looks. Our workshops on the ground in Cambodia are structured in small teams, where staff work on a variety of different products, contributing creatively in a positive working environment while earning fair wages and benefits. In a constantly shrinking world, we believe you need the people who make your clothes as much as they need you, and we aim to connect people on opposite ends of the supply chain through our transparent policies and marketing.
Here is a note from Rachel:
6 years ago, when I started my first fashion label, KeoK’jay, I had no idea that this small dream of employing a few women at home in Cambodia could grow to what it is now; a full fledged fashion label with 50 beloved team members, a dedicated international following, and a new name, tonlé. I am deeply humbled by this progress, and the fact that we could not have done this without the support of so many of you, or our amazing team here. tonlé has certainly been a labor of love, and I’m very grateful for all the people who have participated in this process.
After overcoming the challenges of starting a business in Cambodia and getting our team set up for success, I am finally ready to return to the US and share what I have been working on for the past five years with YOU, the people who have been my greatest supporters. In November I will be relocating to San Francisco to set up a distribution center so that US consumers can purchase tonlé products online, and eventually through other channels. Tapping into a new market means the ability to hire more sewers, dyers, and weavers. It means recycling more remnant materials before they clog landfills. It means connecting more people on opposite sides of the world who, whether they realize it or not, equally rely on each other.
In order to do this, we’ve just launched a campaign on kickstarter to help cover the costs associated with expanding into a new continent. We’re so excited about the potential growth that this next chapter will bring, but we can’t do it alone. On behalf of the entire tonlé staff, please join us in spreading the word. Every dollar, tweet, facebook share etc. is immensely appreciated and will help us reach our goal of expanding our distribution and opening up more life-changing job opportunities in Cambodia. We’ve put extensive thought and consideration into the rewards being offered to add value to your contributions and to share a piece of our story with you. And to those of you who have already backed us or shared this project, I can't thank you enough!
I am infinitely appreciative of your love and support throughout the years, and know that I would not have been able to grow the company to where it is today without you. I hope you’ll join the team and myself on this endeavor and I look forward to seeing many of you back in the US!
Here is the link to the project:
Sunday, October 19, 2014
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Boston
Boston National Portfolio Day
This is a free event for prospective undergraduate students who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts. Meet with representatives from institutions that offer programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Explore Colleges with Quality Art Programs National Portfolio Days are held throughout the United States and Canada to introduce prospective undergraduate students to institutions offering high-caliber education programs in the arts. Attend a National Portfolio Day to have your work reviewed and critiqued by experienced college representatives so you can grow as an artist. Come talk with representatives from dozens of prestigious colleges and universities to find a program of study that will help you meet your educational and career goals.
Lesley University's College of Art and Design is proud to host the 2014 Boston National Portfolio Day. Check here for details about this event as they unfold.
Christina Chang teaches art and design at Burlington High School.