Collections created by EMERGE cohort designers Brandy Lee and Kathleen Schwarz
INTERFORM, Formerly known as Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum (or AAFF), is thrilled to introduce EMERGE, a newly developed designer residency program established to further develop talent in the area and attract visionaries from other regions to collaborate, train, and learn from the regional creative community.
On display at INTERFORM | THE FORUM located at 117 West Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, you can see the collections created by EMERGE cohort designers Brandy Lee and Kathleen Schwarz from April 10th to April 24th. These collections were developed during the inaugural season of EMERGE, which focused on growing local and regional talent through collaboration and mentorships with industry experts in fashion, sustainability, manufacturing, and creative design.
Brandy Lee (@bigsisterstudio):
Brandy Lee is the creative head at Big Sister. She has a BFA in Theatre and is mostly a self-taught seamstress and designer. She has over ten years of professional experience in alterations, custom clothing, costumes, bridalwear, and vintage.
Big Sister is a Fashion Design Studio that creates one-of-a-kind clothing for Women and Men. Brandy started Big Sister in 2017 in Austin, TX, but relocated to Fayetteville, AR in October of 2018. Brandy individually designs and handcrafts each piece. The attention to detail and highly skilled craftsmanship can be seen in every garment. Big Sister offers a range of styles for a range of expressive possibilities. It’s clothing that looks great, feels good to wear, and is quality made.
Kathleen Schwarz (@framedinfashion):
In 2016, Kathleen and her sister Cheryl Kellar started Framed in Fashion, an art-inspired fashion/ textile clothing line. They have honed their crafts separately throughout the years and a few years ago came up with the brand idea, which is a natural synergistic project for them. For their brand, they print original art on high-quality textiles in a vast combination of wearable designs. Their motto is, “It Starts with the Art,” and it is the foundation of Framed in Fashion designs of “Art you can Wear.” The potential combinations are limitless since both are continuously creating, and each day brings a new merging of their two passions.
Kathleen shared that the highlight of the brand start-up thus far was NWAFW Fall 2019, where she presented her designs in the runway shows. The event’s challenge and excitement culminated in one of the most enjoyable experiences and the moment of a lifetime for the sisters.