The shape of things to come

The Goldstein Museum host the annual MFA design exhibition

by Claire Joseph

There are many ways to show off your artistic identity.

Approximately 40 University seniors who specialize in clothing, interior or graphic design are giving their projects one last hurrah before graduation.

James Boyd-Brent, a faculty member in the graphic design program and coordinator of Inside Out!, said each senior gets to choose what to display at the show.

“It’s quite an eclectic group of work,” Boyd-Brent said.

The collections of the clothing design students are from their senior line, which was displayed earlier this year in the clothing design fashion show.

For the fashion show, the designers were able to choose music and lighting that complemented their designs.

Sarah Holm, a clothing designer whose sunset-influenced clothing has cuffs and accents made from vintage leather belts, described the joy and freedom she experienced in both the fashion show and Inside Out!

“My models danced a lot,” Holm said.

Alauna Dunphy designed purple-and-white dance apparel, including a gloved outfit for jazz performance and a pants outfit for a high-kick routine, providing dancers with something fun to wear to national competitions.

Environmentally sound material, a major trend in clothing design this year, is a feature of Rebecca Van Amber’s line of women’s lingerie.

Van Amber noted that mainstream cotton fiber is filled with pesticides.

“And think about it: That’s right next to your body,” she said.

Graphic design senior Emily Anderson displays her “identity” – a collection of various graphic designs including a logo, letterhead, mailing envelopes, business cards and other products – for “Mix it Up,” a fictional cuisine company.

Anderson’s designs illustrate the thought and time that go into the creation of an individual company’s overall look.

Boyd-Brent said each designer ends up developing his or her own style.

“They develop kind of a practice,” he said, and the identity of the artist exists within each piece.

The work of some of the artists will also be displayed in the Seventh Street windows of Marshall Field’s in downtown Minneapolis during the show’s run.