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Fashionable lecture series at URI takes on the Art and Science of Fashion

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 10, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island Textiles Merchandising and Design Department's (TMD) spring lecture series will explore "The Art and Science of Fashion."

Nationally known speakers from business, industry and academia will address topics ranging from the perception of style in the post-modern era and the science and art of pleated clothing to color forecasting and designing art quilts.

Free and open to the public, lectures will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Quinn Hall Auditorium on URI's Kingston Campus.

The spring series will include:

March 23: "Extensions of Self: Media, History and the Perception of Style in the Post-Modern Era" with Karl Aspelund of Providence who is an artist, designer and instructor at URI and Rhode Island School of Design.

March 30: The Science and Art of Pleated Clothing: URI's Professor Linda Welters of Wakefield and Assistant Professor Abby Lillethun.

April 6: Color Forecasting for Apparel and Interiors: Margaret Walch, director, Color Association of America, New York

April 13: The Application of Antique Documents, Vintage Fabrics and Artwork in the Fashion & Home Furnishings Industries: Andrea Aranow and URI alumnus Dayna Johnson of Andrea Aranow Textile Documents, N.Y.

April 20: Designing Art Quilts: Denyse Schmidt, Owner/Designer, Denyse Schmidt Quilts of Bridgeport, Conn.

On Wednesdays April 27 and May 4, URI TMD students will also make presentations related to the theme. These talks are also free and open to the public.

For more information about the lecture series, contact Susan Hannel at 874-2882 or