Speakers 2021-2022

  Jill Marinelli www.jmstylist.com October 5, 2021  
We think that this is going to be an amazing kick-off to the new season. Just imagine what you are going to do with your Fall sewing plans after hearing what Jill has to say about personal style and fashion! Jill is a personal stylist, public speaker and communications coach with a passion that lives at the intersection of personal development, image, and authentic expression. Focusing on social science research, executive presence, and the power of personal style, she teaches her audiences and clients how to look great, project confidence, and build trust with others so they can achieve their personal and professional goals. Emphasizing empowerment and leadership, Jill asks, “Does your image and communication style reflect the person you hope to become?” In addition to her work with individual clients, Jill has developed and presented workshops, keynotes, and breakout sessions for corporate partners including FM Global, Lifespan, Swarovski, General Growth Properties, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the Bryant University Women’s Summit, among others. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Psychology Today, Lucky, FOX Boston’s Morning News, and on CBS Providence in her role as a style correspondent for the The Rhode Show. Here are a few snippets of testimonials from her website. “To rescue wardrobes that are more like war zones, look no further than personal stylist Jill Marinelli. She helps new moms and those going through life or body transitions turn their closets into streamlined collections that suit the owner….” (Jamie Coelho, Rhode Island Monthly). “Jill is our go-to fashion guru, lending her knowledge of the latest fashion trends and style secrets every woman wants to know. She’s a polished speaker and presenter and commands an audience, both live and on video….” (Nicole Polacek, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski). “Fashion magazines and splashy storefronts can make style seem out of reach for many. Jill breaks the stereotype and finds ways for all women – regardless of age, size, or budget – to embrace their personal styles and learn what works for them. Through her work on The Rhode Show, Jill speaks woman-to-woman and is relatable; she presents information in easy-to-understand, visual ways that most viewers can apply immediately to their lives.” (Rebecca Johnson, WPRI 12 CBS, News Director).   Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a leading expert on style and fashion!  See you October 5 at WCFA!
Adrian Burke Digital Fabric Printing and Industry Specialist www.southcoastsurfacedesign.com Nov 2, 2021
Adrian Burke is a professional textile designer who opened the South Coast Surface Design (SoCoSD) studio in New Bedford, MA in October 2019. Adrian is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in NY and has worked as a textile designer for TJX Companies, Hasbro Soft Goods Product Design, and has taught hand and digital techniques for surfaces like metal, glass, paper, and textiles at Rhode Island School of Design. Adrian specializes in design and manufacturing for the apparel and printed textile industries. Adrian is an experienced design professional providing apparel, accessory, home and other soft-product design support, from concept through manufacturing. Adrian assists clients with preparing art for printing production, developing surface patterns and embellishment, utilizing hand techniques, digital tools, and advanced production technology. Adrian supports ECO Positive, sustainable design and manufacturing methods and assists clients with production programs using the latest digital textile printing technology. She is an effective Print Broker for Textile & Wallpaper Printing with regional and international vendors. And she has 20+ years as a Design Instructor for Apparel Concept Development and Surface Design.
Jennifer Hunt & Joan Alger Renaissance Cloaks for Her Majesty and The Town Beggar! Castle Lane Capes on FaceBook December 7, 2021
Be sure to go to their FaceBook page, Castle Lane Capes to learn more.  Here’s a little teaser from Jen and Joan…. “Welcome to Castle Lane, we are the purveyors of quality capes, cloaks, scarves, blankets, capelets, pirate coats and more.   Our home is at King Richards Faire, where we’ve been selling our wares for the last 20 years to the good people of the Realm. We are passionate about fabric, craftsmanship and the journey this adventure has taken us on!” As of today, King Richard’s Faire is scheduled to be back September 4 – October 24 so you might take a sneak peak of the cloaks, capes, leather, and furs in their booth.
Beth Bentley Draping March 1, 2022
We are very excited to have Beth Bentley kick off 2022 with a session on draping.  Look for more details in future newsletters.  Below is a brief bio from Beth that is sure to entice your interest. After receiving a BFA in Apparel Design from Rhode Island School of Design, Beth Bentley designed women’s clothing and sweaters for Mast Industries and Northern Isles. Bentley Design Studio opened in 2000 as a freelance design company specializing in men’s, women’s, and children’s sweaters, wovens, prints and embroideries. Customers included Talbots, Susan Bristol, Robert Scott/David Brooks, Carters and TJMaxx/Marshalls.  In addition to freelancing, Beth was a dance costume designer for Festival Ballet Providence and Fudsionworks Dance Co. She is currently a patternmaker for Accurate Service, Inc.  2005-2013 Beth taught classes in apparel design, cut and sew knits, costume design, garment up-cycling, patternmaking and garment construction at RISD. She continues to teach Upcycles Couture in TISD’s accredited Summer Session. In 2009 Beth received her MFA in Artisanry/Fibers at UMass Dartmouth. Her fibers work has been exhibited at RISD, Fuller Museum, Slater Mill, Smith College, Keeseh Studios and Ellipsis Gallery. She currently teaches Draping, Apparel 1 (garment construction) and Apparel Design at URI.
Anna Taylor & Ben Greslick Body Scanning Dress Forms April 5, 2022
If you remember we were scheduled to have Anna and Ben last season and published a brief column in the March 2021 newsletter describing how they started their business. You can find the archived newsletter on the RISN website. In the meantime, take a moment to check out their website and learn more about their business and fabrication of custom dress forms.