CV for Darcy Fowkes

Darcy Fowkes
 
December, 2006 – Present D’Arcy Couture  Los Altos, CA

Owner/Designer 

  • Curated and installed the 'Slow Fashion' Exhibit (July 11 through September 9, 2015) at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The exhibit featured 6 Slow Fashion clothing and accessories designers, and a wall of statistics illustrating the environmental cost of Fast Fashion. The True Cost produced by Andrew Morgan was on continuous loop throughout the exhibit.
  • Participated in street festivals and local fashion events showcasing and selling D'Arcy Couture rescued and upcycled fashion. 
  • Curated and produced local fashion shows, showcasing local upcycled designers.
  • Owner of and designer for www.darcycouture.com. Published in Belle Armoire and Altered Couture. Made ‘See What’s Inside’ web site placement in Volumes 2 & 3 (http://www.stampington.com/html/altered_couture.html).
    Participated as a designer and design instructor in the Bill Wilson Center’s Safe Place Community Outreach Program’s annual fund raiser fashion shows.  
  • Altered Couture class instructor for Eddie’s Quilting Bee and for the Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild.
  • Won Most Animated Art to Wear Award in Costume-Con 26 Parallel Dimensions in Design Competition for Interpretation of a Late 20th Century Scarlett O’Hara Ball Gown.
  • Participated in the San Jose Museum’s High Fiber under Five 2008 fund raiser exhibit, and sell Altered Couture clothing designs in the retail shop.
  • Designer for the St. Vincent de Paul’s annual fundraiser Discarded to Divine, which showcased at the de Young Museum April 17th, 2009. 
 
August, 2007 – August, 2014.    Los Altos, CA                         

Sales

  • Responsible for sales at high-end women’s clothing, and gift and home accessories boutiques. Boutiques include(d) Prestige, Blu, View From the Terrace, Ruti Clothing and Lifestyle, and Clary Sage Organics.
 
August, 2006 – July, 2007.    Los Altos, CA                         
Consultant
  • Maintained Born to Quilt's web site.
  • Photographed new fabrics and produced a weekly newsletter with a distribution of 9,000.
  • Taught Sewing and design classes.
April, 2005 – April, 2014 Fabric Stockinga.    Los Altos, CA

Owner/Designer 

  • Owner and designer of http://www.fabricstockings.com (web site currently obsolete)
  • Create fabric stocking patterns; sell to both wholesale and retail customers.
  • Design and produce fabric stockings; sell to retail stores and web commerce sites.
  • Exhibit at local galleries and museums (Olive Hyde Gallery, Los Altos History Museum, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles).
  • Participate in street fairs and festivals.
  • Guest artist in 40 by 40, a Menopause the Musical art exhibit.
  • Published in local paper, Los Altos Town Crier. 
  • Published in Sew News; made the cover of the magazine.
  • Spotlight Artist in Me Magazine, a Menopause the Musical publication.
  • Fabric Stockings class instructor.
 
June, 2006 – 2012 San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles San Jose, CA

Volunteer

  • Sales, cashier, and visitor receptionist.
  • Fund raising for annual Gala event.
  • Teach Kids Create.
  • Trunk show organizer and sales at fund raisers.
  • Exhibit installation and teardown.
  • Booth and tabletop duty at events and trade shows.

 

 
January, 2015– Present Canada College Fashion Department Redwood City, CA

Board Member (current)

  • Attend board meetings.
  • Publicity committee for Artistry in Fashion.
  • Judge student garment challenges.
  • Curate and produced local fashion shows featuring student's work.

 

 

 
January, 2007 – February, 2009 Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild Saratoga, CA
Board Member (former)

 

  • Oversee publicity for the Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild (PenWAG).
  • Responsible for venue location and contract for the organization’s biennial fashion show.
  • Organized and executed a PenWAG First Friday Fashion Show for the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, promoting the Museum’s 2008 Marian Clayden exhibit.
  • Coordinated publicity for the show; event was noted in Sal Pizzaro’s column in the San Jose Mercury News.
  • Coordinated a collaborated design effort among members that resulted in an Altered Couture article promoting the organization.
  • Booth and tabletop duty at events and trade shows.
  • Responsible for garment selection and blocking for PenWAG’s biennial show.
  • Teach Altered Couture classes.
 
Previous Career
Over 20 years experience in marketing, communications, market research, and program evaluation in public and private sectors.  Companies included start-ups, as well as established corporations (Oracle, Novell, Hewlett-Packard, etc.).   Detailed work experience available upon request.  Owner of D’Arcy Designs; designed, manufactured, and distributed a line of silk loungewear for three years.  Shops included boutiques in White Sulfur Springs, VA; Marin County; San Francisco (Union Square, Embarcadero, and Ghirardelli Square).
 
Education

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

MS, Educational Psychology (abd) with emphasis in testing, research, and evaluation.

Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA

BS, Psychology with emphasis in statistics and research methodologies.

 

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