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June 21, 2019

Fiber & Fashion Design Major Designs Her Own Wedding Dress

Most little girls dream of what their wedding dress will look like someday. Jessica Shields a senior Fiber & Fashion Design major couldn’t shake the idea of what her wedding dress would look like after getting engaged. So, she took matters into her own hands.

“I had been to a wedding for a family member and fallen in love with the bride’s dress, but after looking at a few online shops I knew I could never afford the dress of [...]

Gina Gelichi
February 19, 2019

Three Finlandia Fiber & Fashion Design students receive Kuhlman Foundation grant

Each year Fiber & Fashion Design students have the opportunity to apply for the Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation grant, and this year three Finlandia University students were grant winners. Gina Geliche, Jessica Shields and Hannah Smith are all Fiber & Fashion Design majors in FinnU’s International School of Art & Design.

“Being a fiber student means that I get to mix tradition with technology,” said Geliche, a senior. “I spend time with computer interface looms, digital [...]

January 8, 2019

Alumni Spotlight: Yana Dee Weglarz

Yana Dee Weglarz (’04), owner of Yana Dee, an ethical apparel made in Michigan clothing store, reflects on her experience at Finlandia and discusses the best parts of being a business owner.

Weglarz, an alumni of Finlandia’s International School of Art and Design, started her own clothing line after graduating. Her business places a strong focus on ethics not only in the materials used to create the clothing, but also in the business decisions and their effect on the [...]

July 11, 2018

International School of Art & Design Open House and Portfolio Review Day

Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design (ISAD) is hosting an open house and portfolio review day for prospective art students on July 31.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a tour of FinnU. Afterwards, students will be treated to lunch with faculty and staff from ISAD and be taken on a tour of the Art & Design facilities in the first two floors of the waterfront Jutila Center. Following the tour, ISAD coordinator [...]

July 11, 2018

ISAD hosting open house and portfolio review July 31

Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design (ISAD) is hosting an open house and portfolio review day for prospective art students on July 31.

“We are dedicated to making the arts strong in the Upper Peninsula,” ISAD coordinator Gini Brewer said. “We are hosting this event to bring in prospective students and show them what we have to offer.”

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a tour of FinnU. Afterwards, students will be treated to lunch with faculty [...]

Fiber Studio
June 29, 2018

New Fiber and Fashion Design page launched

Finlandia University is pleased to unveil the new and improved Fiber and Fashion Design program page.

The page features more visuals and less text, and is geared more toward incoming and prospective students who are looking at FinnU’s Fiber and Fashion Design program. Current and past student art work, faculty and student interviews and highlights about the program such as the student and alumni fashion show are all featured.

“The new fiber and fashion design page gives everyone a deeper [...]

June 26, 2018

Student Spotlight: Gina Geliche

MEET GINA GELICHE Hometown: Union Grove, WI Major: Fiber & Fashion Design Groups: Servant Leadership House and Helsinki Slang Year: Senior When Gina Geliche started as a student at Finlandia University three years ago, she wasn’t planning on majoring in Fiber and Fashion Design.

 

Geliche, now a senior, grew up with a family of weavers, shoemakers and textile makers. Despite the history of weaving in her family, Geliche began looking for English, Art and Finnish studies programs when she started her college hunt.

Like most young [...]

Coffee Talk with Pamela Katila
April 23, 2018

Kotila hosting talk on self publishing on May 5

 

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is hosting a Coffee Talk with Finlandia University alumna and artist Pamela Kotilla on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Kotilla, a comic creator and artist will share her personal experiences with crowdfunding and self-publishing. She will focus heavily how to launch a Kickstarter campaign, find a printer and prepare work for print.

The event is free and open to the public. Coffee will [...]

January 18, 2018

Paloheimo Fellows class of 2018 announced

Paloheimo Fellows Class of 2018 from left: Gina Geliche, Dana Pakulski, Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen and Monica Freeman.

The Finnish & Nordic Studies Program at Finlandia University is pleased to announce the 2018 class of Paloheimo Fellows. The Paloheimo Fellows Program is a unique, competitive study-abroad program offered to students of any major at Finlandia University in which selected students follow a spring term course in anthropological field research methods combined with individualized research on aspects of Finnish [...]

Phyllis Fredendall Finlandia Fridays
December 22, 2017

Phyllis Fredendall talks fiber, fashion and Brule Scholarship

Phyllis Fredendall, who is in charge of the fiber and fashion design program at Finlandia, stopped by this week to represent the International School of Art and Design on Finlandia Fridays. The degree, as stated by Fredendall, “encompasses surface design, which is dying and printing on textiles, weaving and off-loom structures, so the foundation of cloth, and garment design.” One of the perks of the program is the annual fashion show that is held along with the student [...]

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