Last week, I attended an amazing event for the Interior Design Industry in Orange County, The 13th annual IIDA Haute Couture Fashion show. It is by no means a traditional fashion show. A collection of talented Interior Designers and students compete and create fashion from Interior Design materials and products based on a theme or category. This year’s overall theme was “Relive the Classics” and was based on classic TV shows. Our students got the show “I Dream of Jeannie”. Most of them had never seen the show so research had to be done and also, some creative thinking on how to make a modern spin on the story. The modern spin was that the Jeannie was in reality also the Master – Female dominance. The students worked some long hours to put it together and with an amazing final outcome. Although they did not win this year, there was a lot of fun, support and team spirit shown.
The event is also a major fundraiser for the organization and supports a few local charities. A few years ago, a group of us came up with a plan for all the leftover fabric from the show. We’ve been creating bags and backpacks and donating them to Olive Crest for their children, teens and alumni to have. It’s been so fun to get together with all who have participated and we are planning our sewing this year sometime in June. This year we will make pillows and we are able to do this thanks to a generous donation from Patricia Edwards. If you want to make a backpack for yourself or take the idea and pay it forward, you can find a tutorial on The Craft Shack blog today.
To recognize the charity this year, we invited two of the Olive Crest employees that we have worked with and I was honored to get up on the stage (with a few hundred people in the audience) to talk about the organization and the work we have done for them as IIDA. It was surreal being up on the stage…with the lights beaming down. I could honestly see nothing or no-one and I had a prepared speech in hand which I only had to refer to at the end in order to get Olive Crest’s mission statement accurate. This was kind of a big deal for me personally. Although I am in front of people every day in a classroom, public speaking still makes me nervous. This experience was really great and I was happy to talk about the important work of Olive Crest. I used the techniques that I know to calm my nerves (lots of deep breathes and focus) and I’m happy to say it worked!
I’m proud of my students, past and present that have worked and participated in this show. I’m proud to be part of an organization that supports others and I’m proud of myself for putting fears and anxieties aside to recognize others.