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The challenge, she says, is the integrity of Marie drawing. I don want to distort her lines. They her visions. people wear Lemonade Stand clothes, look like walking drawings, says Habrich.
Marie has such an intense use of colour and bold shapes, it so celebratory. two are previewing nine prototypes worn by diverse models, including an adorable two year old with Down syndrome, Thursday during Atlantic Fashion Week. Dr. Martens has donated the models footwear.
interested in fashion as an empowering medium for self expression and self identity. Stand Designs is in the early stages of developing a business plan. Webb has received a major Canada Council grant, her second, through Arts Nova Scotia to explore her drawings and designs.
Webb, her mother, Renee Forrestall, and Habrich have met with the Nova Fashion Incubator and the Centre for Women in Business.
want to get to a major fashion week, either Toronto or New York, says Forrestall, also an artist.
take a year to figure this out. and Webb met a year and a half ago through the Best Buddies Canada program pairing people with and without intellectual disabilities for one school year.
were so compatible, says Habrich, who wears a rainbow shawl and rainbow socks as she works in the Team City art hive at the Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre in Halifax.
both artists and have an interest in fashion and a love of colour. art hive, in a comfy basement room that is a kaleidoscope of colour, with giant black sofas and a slew of tables, is run by Team Possibles, the arts exploration group Forrestall created in 2007 for young adults with Down syndrome and their peers aged 15 to 30.
Team Possibles, which Habrich encountered through Webb, has participated in the Wearable Art shows for the last two years.
year, we said, just Marie and I do it so we can focus on her designs, says Habrich.
was a natural evolution. has been designing her own clothes and garments for her Barbie dolls since she was a young girl.
have been drawing since I was born, she says.
has been manipulating her clothes for many years and mine! says Forrestall.
Webb imagery comes from whatever is on her mind when she is working, which is constantly. It includes Power Rangers, candy cane children, faces, eyes, creatures, lollipops, Easter eggs and, for the chiffon scarves Webb and Habrich will wear Thursday night, tons of lemons.
favourite colour is pink, says Webb, who wears a pink checkered top with a white flower headband.
In her drawings and fabric, always pink and blue, like her eyes, says Habrich.
She is clearly fond of Webb. Though she is participating in the NSCAD Community Studio Residency program in Lunenburg, couldn give up my life here with Marie so I living half here and half there. is originally from Montreal.
mother is a special education teacher so I grew up with that and I did an internship in high school for two weeks and I was an art teacher assistant in a special ed school, and it changed my life. I never been around such genuine energy and compassion.
see my future in art therapy. first went to Concordia University.
found Concordia was really lacking a sense of community. she graduated from NSCAD this spring, she didn want to return to Montreal.
made all the connections in the community here. Renee started Team Possibles to create a post secondary program for youth with Down syndrome. Marie would flourish in a NSCAD textiles program, but she not allowed in university with Down syndrome. says inclusion is the key.
has a lot to offer and a lot of incredible creative work to offer. is happy to see the fashion world becoming more diverse.
are a lot more inclusive with models and, to quote a famous Canadian, it 2015. FASHION WEEK SEASON 9
Created by director founder Angela Campagnoni, is in the former Rona building, 350 Horseshoe Lake Dr., Bayers Lake Park, Halifax.
Thursday, The Medium is the Message, with Maggie McCormick of MJM Clothing Company; menswear with Optimize Greatness Apparel and Be Glitterati, Wear Your Label clothing created to spark talk mental health, Citadel Clothing Company and Lemonade Stand Designs.
Friday, Made for You, ready to wear and made to order designs, with Xander Couture, Rebecca Cusack, Sherry MacFarlane, All My Fashion (Amy Negus), Sueno Swimwear (Jo Tranter), Blue Ladybug Designs (Becky Gartner), Donn Sabean and Veronica MacIsaac.
Saturday, Glitz, Glam Fashion, from wearable gowns to wearable art, with Kaidain Ivy; Vlad Snytkin (alter ego Anya Knees), inspired by the androgynous drag culture of Madonna Rebel Heart album; Stephanie McEwan Evangeline Collection; Anthony El cid; Dee Wilkes and the Vivacious Vixen lineup of vintage favourites.