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Academy Participates in Discarded to Divine

Now in its eighth year, Discarded to Divine: Renewing Clothes and Lives, is a benefit for the St. Vincent de Paul Society's Wellness Center, which assists those struggling with addiction and mental health issues in San Francisco. This benefit showcases the talents of established designers and aspiring ones from Academy of Art University by asking them to remake discarded, donated clothing, fabric and furniture from St. Vincent de Paul into one-of-a-kind fashions, home furnishings and personal accessories. Catherine Clark, a recent School of Interior Architecture & Design graduate, was in the middle of a textile design class at the Academy, when the instructor asked her to participate. "It was a class in the fashion department, which isn't so unusual for an interior designer to take, but they asked us to design a dress," Catherine said. "Now, I can make a dress but that isn't my focus so I made a pillow instead." Catherine was to create something with commercial appeal and said, "I hope this pillow will help the event raise money. It's a great cause.”

Marin Independent Journal-Apr 6, 2013

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