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.
Anna Mazur Threads Magazine – March 1, 2022
Special Afternoon Session 2-4PM
Behind the Scenes at Threads & Garment Showcase
Evening 7PM – Handbag Trunk Show

Anna Mazur is a contributing writer for Threads Magazine since 2000 and has been writing their bimonthly Pattern Review column since 2003. She has released the book, “Handbag Workshop”, Taunton Press 2014. She was a participant in the Threads Design Challenge VII, has designed for the Fairfield & Bernina Fashion shows, and made guest appearances on HGTV’s, “Sew Much More”. Anna is a former ASG regional representative and past president of the CT chapter. She has presented sewing programs at various venues across the country including Hawaii. Her work has appeared in several books and various publications. Anna is known for her attention to the fine details and her blue-ribbon award winning garments have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Anna Mazur was born on the Portuguese archipelago island of Madeira, world renowned for its hand embroideries, cutwork and appliqué, fine wine, and wicker. Her early childhood was surrounded by couturiers and embroiders. It was natural she picks up a needle and mimic the influences who knowingly carved out the blueprint that would eventually follow her throughout life. At age 6 she began to hand embroider, by age 9 could make a bound buttonhole and by age 12 dove into garment sewing. She has been at it ever since. She grew up in Massachusetts, where she never forgot her roots and influences. She began sewing garments without a pattern and by the 5th grade was wearing her creations to school. Teachers took notice and when a math competition came up that year, she chose the topic, metric vs. imperial measuring systems. She set out to prove whether they were the same by using each system to make a garment. The outcome was identical and won first place, the first sewing award of many to come. Freshman year in high school she upped her sewing skills and began making tailored garments. She always knew she wanted a career in fashion, specifically to attend FIT. When it came time pick a college and choose a major her parents did not see it the same. Her dad, an accountant himself, thought best that she pursues a traditional career; besides they saw NYC and Boston as two worlds apart. As a result, she followed in his footsteps, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She never forgot her dream and always found time to sew. She credits her current level of work to her patience for handwork and those solid tailoring techniques she learnt in the early days. She believes patience and precision go hand in hand with quality and solid design.

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March 1, 2022 – Special Session: 2-4 p.m.
A behind the scenes look at how the THREADS Magazine pattern review column comes together. A trunk show of Anna’s garments and accessories featured in THREADS magazine articles dating as far back as 2001, plus a few more special occasion outfits Anna has been writing the pattern review column for THREADS magazine since 2004. Over the years she has seen the format evolve, but one thing that has remained constant is the testing process.
Come find out the time frame it takes to produce one article and the ins and outs of how it all comes together. You will also take a look at her extensive collection of garments created for articles in the magazine. She loves to go above and beyond the written word and often times incorporates techniques that need to be left off the page due to either being unrelated to the article or because of space constraints. Examine firsthand the actual garments and view the details which were left out.
She will also bring along some memorable clothing created over the years.

March 1, 2022 – RISN Evening Meeting : 7PM
• A Trunk show of all the handbags showcased in Anna’s book “Handbag Workshop”, Taunton Press 2014
• Look through the actual folders that were generated while developing the designsHere is your chance to examine firsthand the tangible handbags featured in her book. Of the 18, fourteen are 100% leather, three are a combination of leather/fabric and one is entirely fabric.
Leather types range from lambskin to the exotic’s such as Stingray and Ostrich. Although they were designed with leather in mind, they are also adaptable to fabric as well. All are her original designs and every single one was sewn on a home sewing machine. She features handbags for every level of expertise; from beginner to intermediate to advanced. The actual patterns are included in the book and simply need to be enlarged 250%. Anna will show you how to print the pattern on your home
printer. You will also get to see and be able to browse through the eighteen developmental files: from the initial conception, all the way through to the final manuscripts.
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.
Beth Bentley Draping May 3, 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.