Green has to be beautiful, not just sustainable — a bit poetic doesn’t hurt.




In every area of modern life and in every market, GREEN DESIGN needs to be a fundamental part of the design process. A line plan must include specific, measurable actions to be taken and goals to be reached. For instance, what can you do to reduce or redesign packaging to be more sustainable? As you add more sustainable fabrics into your mix, how can you help educate your customers on the benefits? Ethical marketing approaches, including Social Networking, engage your customers — building trust and community.

A collaborative, incremental approach to Sustainability is key. The enormity of the task ahead tends to paralyze our initiative to do our part. Each individual action does have a cumulative impact. Companies and individuals may not be able to shift to a totally green position overnight, but each action leads us towards the goal of a sustainable future.

When we think GREEN, we need to expand our thinking beyond “natural” and include Technology in our sustainability solutions. There are innovators leading the way with inspiring ideas, creative initiatives and common sense approaches. We can re-energize our Yankee Ingenuity and step-by-step design the future together.

The Climate Dress — Danish Design firm Diffus created a dress that measures the levels of carbon dioxide through 100 LED lights. Lights pulsate slowly in areas with acute amounts of CO2 and pulsate rapidly in highly dense CO2 areas…and it’s gorgeous!

Elle/Portable Light Project — Elle Magazine teamed up with architect Sheila Kennedy, director of the Portable Light Project and eight notable designers. The overall goal is to provide solar textile kits to help the world’s poorest nations have access to electricity.

Levi’s: Care To Air Design Challenge — looking for the most innovative and sustainable air-drying solution for clothing, winner receives $10,000. The overall goal is to reduce carbon footprint and educate consumers. “The most effective way to reduce the climate impact of a pair of jeans is to air dry, yet the average US household chooses a dryer.”

Neville Bean teaches SXC 100 Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110 Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, and SXF 700 Demystifying Fashion Forecasting.

Colors & Patterns


Design inspirations for knits can be found everywhere. A beautiful flower, architecture, motifs on woven fabrics, carpet designs and more. The possibilities are endless at this stage of the design process. Find you theme, then the fun begins.

The yarn selections today are numerous from cottons, to silks, to bamboo.The color choices of yarns are more than adequate to accommodate your design ideas. If you have already purchased your yarn for your project, wrap lengths of the  yarns around cardboard and take them along  with you on your inspiration journey. You will not need to duplicate the colors exactly, and you will find a lot of colors that will compliment your yarn colors.  Deciding on your color story is as close as your nearest Botanical Gardens where you can take lots of pictures , and a visit to the paint store for color chips that may also compliment the colors of yarn in your yarn choice. Don’t forget  the fabric store. Many  woven fabrics and trims posses just the right color combination’s within the fabric. Cut a small square of your fabric, to place alongside of your photos, yarns, color chips, trims to get the full effect of the color, pattern and texture you may decide to use.

Perhaps you will use a stripe combination or a fair-isle (jacquard) design, lace, or a knit and purl textural stitch combination, if you have not already thought about where you will place all of your wonderful  collected inspiration elements or how you will lay it out in  your project. Now is the time to decide what will best suit your colors, etc.  A sweater, shawl, scarf, or perhaps a beautiful throw for your bed or sofa. The decision on project type should be compatible with the type of stitch pattern, color pattern, lace pattern  that you choose to enable you to produce a desirable overall knit fabric.

Development is a necessary part of designing and every novice or seasoned knitter should spend time making several or many swatches to see how the colors, patterns and stitches will look  together before beginning the project. With color, yarn, style, and stitch decisions made.


Arnetta Kenney teaches SXW 200: Knitting for Pleasure and SXW 201: Knitting for Novices.


What do Aretha Franklin, Jackie Robinson and Rodney Dangerfield have in common? They all sought and emphasized the need for “respect”. Respect of others and respect for self.

In the business world and in our everyday lives, how do we attain and command respect? Respect is intangible; it is a feeling; and, it is an earned position. Respect is earned by words and by actions. Things like keeping promises, appointments, providing services, or just doing what you say you will do.

It applies to students, instructors and to employers and employees. Students can gain the respect of the instructor by handing in assignments on time, asking questions in class that are respectful of the instructor’s position, and treating fellow students with kindness and sincerity. Instructors and employers can gain respect by treating students and employees fairly and following through on promises. Employees can be thorough, complete projects when due, and take on responsibilities that are not necessarily theirs. It can also be earned by being personal. How personal are you in your communication? The more personal you are the more respect you will earn?

But there’s a secret to respect. If you master this secret you will be able to create respectful atmospheres in any environment you encounter. The secret is: In order to earn the respect of others, you must first respect yourself. And if you respect yourself that means that you have confidence in yourself. You have to like what you do. You have to be willing to serve. You have to like yourself. And you have to love yourself for what you are, what you believe in, and what or who you seek to become.

The secret is easy. Do the right thing all the time and respect will be yours. Say the right words, take the right actions and believe in your heart that you’re doing the best you can do – for yourself first, and for others second.

Margo Moore teaches BE 261 Starting a Small Business, CEO 001 Setting a Course for Your Business, CEO 002 Knowing Your Market, and CEO 003 Formulating Your Financial Strategy.

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