GarCo Sewing Works

As a student in the Graphic Design Program at Colorado Mountain College, I was able to participate in real-life projects. My professor, Brian Tinker, helped me find my first design project with GarCo Sewing Works. It’s still a work in progress, but I feel accomplished because it is my first graphic design project, solely coded, designed, written, photographed, and marketed by myself. I started with a Photoshop image, and once the client approved, I was able to take this image and turn it into HTML code. From here, I am going to create a WordPress site (much like this one) later on. After the Graphic Design Program at Colorado Mountain College, I feel like I can truly do anything!

Here’s more info on GarCo Sewing Works:

GarCo Sewing Works, a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and Garfield County Human Services, is here to help people develop skills in sustainable textile manufacturing. Located in Rifle, CO, the GarCo Sewing Works Design Center has the technology, equipment, and staff to help students add sustainable textile manufacturing education and experience to their skill sets.

Not only can students learn how to sew at Garco Sewing Works, they can also design and produce clothing using cutting-edge fabric printing technology. GarCo Sewing Works is unique because of its focus on sustainable manufacturing through such measures as developing local supply chains, grassroots community involvement, and in-house manufacturing. Such renewable practices are not only good for the environment, they also support American manufacturing.

Whether students are interested in sustainable textile manufacturing, design, or simply adding sought after skills to their resumes, GarCo Sewing Works is here to help. For more information about how to get registered for the sewing certification, please contact Jill Ziemann at (970) 384-8518 or via e-mail at jziemann@coloradomtn.edu.


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Fun with Photoshop at Edwards CMC

This is a video I made offering a sneak peak into the upcoming Photoshop Elements 10 class I’m teaching starting this Friday.  The class is a two-part session split between this Friday and next.  It runs from 9-11:30 AM at the Edwards CMC campus.  For more info, please click here or call 970-569-2900.

 

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CMC Graduation 2012

I can’t believe it has already been more than a week since I graduated!  Before much more time passes, I wanted to share some pictures from that day.  With clear, sunny skies and perfect weather, the day couldn’t have been more fitting.  Believe me, I’ve already been through several graduations, but this one was special.  Instead of the usual pomp and circumstance, John Denver was played as we walked down the aisle.  Only in Colorado!  Otherwise, it was a very cozy, intimate gathering and totally perfect.  Afterwards, we were welcomed to a well-catered lunch and the last few moments we would all be together.  I was impressed with the entire experience and hope these pictures reflect that.  The ’12 CMC Graphic Design class is a special group of people who will not be forgotten….

(Oh yeah, my design was also chosen by the grad department as the cover for the commencement booklet!!!!)

Brian Fales, Jordan Callier (me), Natasha Brown

Holding all of my degrees (high school, B.A., M.A., A.A.S., and two professional certificates)

Spring Valley

Even my pug, Duncan, got involved in the festivities.

Gorgeous design by Anna Hoffman of A Dezign

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Kinetic type music video

I just completed my final for my Motion Graphics class.  Our assignment was to create an animated text video to either a song or speech.  Although we only had to create a video 30-60 seconds long, I wanted to animate an entire song.  I chose “Ce Soir On Danse” (Tonight We Dance) by Chromeo.  The piece is about 1:30 long, and it took me about 15 hours to complete. This piece was even more challenging because it is in French, and I had to animate the words exactly when they are spoken.   I was going for a very 80s aesthete to compliment the song.  Please let me know what you think!

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CMC Graphic Design Portfolio Show

Check out this poster by CMC graphic design student Natasha Brown.  Her design was chosen by CMC’s photography students to advertise the upcoming portfolio show, which displays both graphic design and photography students’ work.  The show starts at 4 PM tomorrow afternoon at Spring Valley.  I’m busy now trying to get everything done!

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Infographic Resume

A growing number of web design employers now demand that their employees know how to make infographics.  An infographic is a visual representation of data, presented colorfully.  They are supposed to be fun, eye-catching, and unique.  I decided to demonstrate this skill by designing an infographic resume for my portfolio show tomorrow.  I used Photoshop, Illustrator, and inDesign to complete.  This infographic complements my actual resume, and is a great way to get noticed by potential design employers.

Infographic

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The ? by Chris Walsh

Today’s post is guest authored/presented by Chris Walsh, who is a fellow student in the Graphic Design program at Colorado Mountain College.  He looks forward to obtaining his A.A.S. in May, and then he plans on starting his own business.  His skills include illustration, display ads, posters, web development, and writing.  The graphic design program helped him polish/develop many of these skills.

I am a second year Graphic Design student at CMC- Spring Valley, and ever since I  can remember I have been into drawing caricatures and cartoons.

I started drawing comics in 2001, when a friend of mine started an alternative newspaper in Steamboat Springs called The Local. I gave him a comic I had drawn in Fort Collins for a music magazine about Humpty Dumpty depicted as a crack head. I wrote “The ?” for the title and told the publishers to just fill in the blank for  for me. A few days later I got The Local and saw a comic called “The ?” within its pages, and the name stuck. From there I contributed two comics a month for over ten years.

Drawing “The ?” became an outlet for me to vent my frustrations and to express my bizarre sense of humor. I garnered a modest following over the years, and have enjoyed sharing my unique perspective. About two years ago, The Local, under different ownership, went out of business. My creativity went fully into my schoolwork, and I haven’t done more than two comics since then.

I am excited to ramp things back up, though, because a month ago, the former owner of The Local, Paulie Anderson, announced that he is launching a new paper in Steamboat Springs called The Valley Voice. He called me immediately to become a contributor, and I, of course, accepted. Interestingly, many of the original contributors also answered the call, after having been alienated by the previous owners. The Local has come full circle, and now, so has “The ?”. Readers will get a newer, more, mature (maybe) “The ?”. I will see how my new perspective as a student and young professional will color my cartoon writing. I hope you can relate, on some level, to my twisted world of “The ?”

Chris Walsh may be contacted at: Thechriswalsh@gmail.com

(click on first cartoon to view gallery slideshow)

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