An Interview with Erica Swiatek of Innovate Faster

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By: Jewel Watters, Fashion Merchandising Major

I interviewed our keynote speaker for this yearโ€™s Creativity Conference that is coming up on Febraury 28th, 2018. If you are looking to learn more about becoming an entrepreneur, and tips and tricks to help you get there, come to the Creativity Conference!

1) What made you want to open up your own business?

Swiatek says that she actually fell into business, she was working for a consulting business in learning and development and creative studies, and she wanted more than that. Swiatek was approached about doing the Escape Room, and she wanted to do assessments, playing and teaching personality problem solving, and taking over just fell into place.

2) What are your responsibilities as a business owner?

Swiatek says that her responsibilities are pretty much all over the place. There is lots of stuff to do every day involving marketing, paying the rent, creating the Escape Room classes, and usual day to day stuff.

3) What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to become an entrepreneur?

Swiatek says that you should always make sure that you are really passionate about it, because it involves a lot of day to day stuff that you are not going to love, and you will feel like this is not what you wanted, her piece of advice is to always be realistic.

4) How do you exhibit your creativity?

Swiatek says that she exhibits her creativity through playfulness. She tries to be an ambassador at play, she likes to play first learn second. She says it gives her such a different experience, and that she still plays with a slinky toy, always has fun colored nail polish, and likes to showcase her playfulness.

 

Fashion Students’ Color Analysis Seminar

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Professor Donna J Ehrhart tried example of color analysis.

Professor Donna J Ehrhart tried example of color analysis.

On Wednesday, September 18th the Fashion Students conducted a Color Analysis seminar. They were discussing the concepts from the popular book written by Carole Jackson, Color Me Beautiful. The concept looks at the 4 seasons, winter, summer, autumn and spring. The students learned that there are 2 cool seasons and 2 warm seasons. The sophomores draped each student and explained why certain colors were better suited for them, as opposed to other colors. Each of the 75 students who attended were given a chart of the colors that work best for them. Students learned that the colors they wear compliment the appearance of their complexion, hair, and eyes. These monthly seminars are co-sponsored by the DECA Club and the fashion students.

The freshman are hopeful to have their designs featured in the 33rd annual fashion show.

The freshman are hopeful to have their designs featured in the 33rd annual fashion show.

In addition to color draping, the freshman took the floor and showed the sophomores some of the design they have been working on. The freshman are hopeful to have their designs featured in the 33rd annual fashion show. The upcoming t-shirt design contest that is being organized by the fashion design sophomores was also discussed at the seminar. Many freshman have submitted unique designs that will go on the t-shirts to represent the fashion program.

T shirt contest presentation by fashion design sophomores

T shirt contest presentation by fashion design sophomores