Trash to Treasure| Colorful Mosaic Art

Mosaics go back some 4,000 years. While reading today, I came across this article featuring the home of artist Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran. Two artists that covered their home in mosaics.

This reminded me of the Philadelphia Magic Garden. I lived just a block over from the Magic Garden when I lived in Philadelphia. I passed by it all the time but I regret that I never visited or even knew that you could visit. If you’ve ever in Philly, make sure you take a look and see the beauty created from other peoples discarded things.


Design Prep|Cooper Hewitt Museum

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If you’re in the New York area, Design Prep is one of the teen programs at the Cooper Hewitt Museum. This FREE program allows students to explore design fields like product design, interior design, architecture, fashion, and many others. Students get real-world experiences in design and get to see how designers use the design process first hand.

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Teen Design Fair| Cooper Hewitt Museum

Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Teen Design Fair at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC on July 13th, 2012. (Photos by Richard Patterson)

In my research for fashion design program opportunities in the DMV, I came across the Teen Design Fair. Why they didn’t have programs like this when I was a teen searching for anything I could find on fashion design? Just doesn’t seem fair. Anyway, every year during National Design Week, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, hosts the Teen Design Fair, where teens are invited to talk with top designers, like Cynthia Rowley and Project Runway mentor and former fashion educator, Tim Gunn. Designers working in the fields of fashion, product design, architecture, graphic design, to list a few talk to students one on one and allow students to learn about design careers from professional designers. The students discover career paths, learn exactly what designers do, and find out what designers love about their jobs. Also represented at the Teen Design Fair are colleges with design programs like Parsons, FIT and Pratt where students can get their college questions answered. I will absolutely make sure if I teach high school to make sure that my students are represented each year at the DC Teen Design Fair.

Check out some more of their upcoming events.