Amur Leopard (January)
Sumatran Tiger (November)
I want to support these beautiful animals and help them to flourish in the land that is rightfully their own.
Althea Harper is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who manages her own fashion line, ALTHEA HARPER.
With a cutting edge style that combines both tailoring and draping to make silhouettes appear strong and beautiful, Althea Harper is one of the breakthrough fashion designers in today's industry. Her style reflects her experience working alongside numerous renowned designers, including Anna Sui, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. She is also known for her unique work in knitwear.
Amur Leopard (January)
Sumatran Tiger (November)
The beauty in making a difference and changing the lives of animals is a fashion statement in itself.
Calle Evans, a newly hired assistant, is working with Althea Harper on the Gabby Wild project. Like Harper, Calle is a fashion design major at the University of Cincinnati. Evans has previously worked as a designer in the knitwear department at Abercrombie & Fitch. In addition to her design experience, Calle enjoys taking part in the Cincinnati social and fashion scene as a contributor, participant, designer and frequent model. Looking forward, Calle is excited about her future in fashion design as she continues to work and learn from Althea Harper.
Bactrian Camel (February)
Every animal has an equal claim to this earth. It is our responsibility to keep them here.
Laura Zwanziger is a freshman in the Fiber Science & Apparel Design program at Cornell University. From Newton, Massachusetts, Laura has been sewing and selling her designs since she was thirteen years old. She has gained much of her sewing experience through costuming for plays at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts as well as for student-directed plays at Yale University including Pride and Prejudice and Much Ado about Nothing. Having interned at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston's Textile and Fashion Arts Department, Laura has a strong background in fashion history that she intends to put to use as she pursues her design career. With a particular interest in knitwear, Laura plans to intern in New York City during the upcoming summers and would like to work there or in London after she graduates from Cornell.
Bactrian Camel (February)
The natural world is a wonderful show of what science can design. There are so many mind-blowing species that provide limitless inspiration to everyone.
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Max has been around the epicenter of fashion his entire life. From age three Max can recall designing outfits and sketching on whatever surfaces he could. While still in high school, Max took classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, and Rhode Island School of Design, before graduating and choosing to study Fiber Science and Apparel Design as an undergrad at Cornell University.
Purple Frog (March)
EARTHTEC is apparel that looks good, feels good and does good; this is the natural evolution of style, this is "the style of sustainability."
EARTHTEC was born out of a love for fashion and for our planet. Out of a desire to raise our collective conscience by creating affordable, fashionable, functional apparel that is easier on the earth. EARTHTEC uses only cutting-edge recycled and sustainable textiles and smart manufacturing in its production - doing our part to reduce waste.
Ganges River Dolphin (April)
Interacting with animals are just as healing to me as delving into my creativity. Each encounter and activity brings about a peace of mind.
After receiving her MFA from RISD in graphic design, Kristin Haskins-Simms launched a small graphic design studio, called keydesign, in response to a growing demand for her work. She also taught part-time at many colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area, including University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, Philadelphia University, TYler School of Art, and Rutgers University to name a few.
Chinese Giant Salamander (May)
We as artists have an important talent to communicate with the masses; this is a great opportunity to use it to honor my muse, Nature, and to help prevent it from despairing.
An internationally acclaimed ethical fashion designer and visual artist. Born in Caracas, Venezuela from a family of four generations of artist. He had Careers in Marketing, Journalism and Fashion Design and has devoted his entire life to creating art in different ways, using that knowledge. His professional experiences have been the perfect marriage to communicate his way to think through art and design.
Red Panda (June)
Use the gifts you have been blessed with to make a difference in the world. That's the real riddle to life.
Growing up on a fish farm in Hawaii, Andy firmly planted his roots in good soil. Having his feet ankle deep in water, he kept his hands busy creating and his head floating as he dreamed of everything beautiful. It was known far before his own realization that regardless of what he chose to do, Andy would surround himself with beauty and create it himself. His gifts could not be stifled.
Blue Morpho Butterfly (July)
This project is a natural fit, as I continue to direct my focus and energy on creating fashion that demonstrates my commitment to a sustainable future.
Seth Aaron Henderson, the winner of season 7 of Lifetime's hit reality show "Project Runway," is a rising fashion-design star. A self-taught designer with a unique point of view, personality and panache, his creations bring innovation and a modern perspective to classic silhouettes. Since his "Project Runway" triumph in April 2010, Seth Aaron has launched a high-fashion line of iPad covers with Maroo (maroo.com/sethaaron); served as the head casting judge for season 9 of "Project Runway;" provided television commentary for Lifetime, E! and the Style Network; been featured in and blogged for fashion magazine Marie Claire; been voted MyTV's Best Male Reality Star 2010; and made celebrity appearances nationwide. Seth Aaron's latest venture is a full-time collaboration with sustainable lifestyle apparel maker Earthtec. The Seth Aaron Inspired by Earthtec line of 100 percent sustainable, fashion-forward ready-to-wear clothing will be available in national retail stores beginning in fall 2012.
Rondo Dwarf Galago (August)
I think we've all been graced with God-given talents and we in-turn are enriched when those talents are used for a greater purpose. It can sometimes be with the smallest gesture, you make a huge difference in an animal's life. How amazing it will be, if by bringing attention to these adorable creatures, we may breathe new life into their species, through a collective awareness.
Kara Saun is the owner and creative force behind Kara Saun LLC, a fashion and costume design house that specializes in highly-stylized, fashion-driven projects. She effortlessly infuses her fresh and unmistakable ultra-luxe signature into each and every detail. The much sought after design visionary has become the go-to costume designer, behind such shows as NBC's A cappella sensation "The Sing-Off" and MTV's hit series "America's Best Dance Crew." She beautifully designed the ABC reality series "True Beauty," produced by Ashton Kutcher and Tyra Banks, which featured the breathtaking Kara Saun Red Carpet Collection.
Asian Elephant (September)
Animals inspire me both spiritually and creatively. They deserve the utmost respect and to be able to live freely and happily.
With a family tree full of artists and designers, Mila was destined to be in a creative profession. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Apparel Design, the Dallas native with Latvian/German heritage headed to New York to pursue her career in Fashion. Starting as a design assistant at Calvin Klein, she then freelanced at other design houses, a fashion trend forecasting publication, and as a visual merchandiser for upscale 5th avenue stores. Mila also began costuming films, which eventually relocated her to Los Angeles. Having had many exciting and challenging projects in Hollywood, she acquired another aspect of experience, from a styling and costuming perspective.
Kakapo Parrot (October)
As someone in the fashion industry, an industry so blatantly exploitative and cruel to animals, I think it is my duty to help protect and preserve the natural beauty of all animals big and small
Jay McCarroll is a fashion designer who is internationally recognized for winning the inaugural season of the Emmy nominated competitive reality television show, Project Runway. Jay studied fashion design at the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, now Philadelphia University, where he currently teaches. He also studied at the London College of Fashion.
Red Wolf (December)
In our universe, we are all connected and the sooner we learn to protect each other and everything around us the better of we will be.
Originally from former Yugoslavia, the talented Gordana Gehlhausen grew up in a teeny tiny Serbian village in Bosnia raising corn and potatoes. Knowing that she wanted a life apart from the farm and because she always had a creative spark, she knit her first sweater at the age of seven. History was sealed, and Gordana knew that this would lead onto more.
I find that animals have helped me find inner peace and kindness, both swept away by the constant bustle of modern life.
Jimmy gathered a great deal of international experience while a student at Cornell, including summer internships for ProWorld in Peru and Brazil and attending a three week bioethics conference in Bangkok, Thailand where he also shadowed physicians at the Yanhee International Hospital for Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery.
Find a balance between passion and determination, if you can balance those two things, you've created something beautiful.
Molly Petrie is an Ithaca college undergraduate student currently studying Documentary Production and International Studies and plans to graduate in May 2013. While cinematography is a new field for her, Molly has known for quite some time she wants to see the world and tell of her adventures.
Animal forms, textures, and colors are the basis of inspiration for all design. It is a pleasure to support Gabby in her constant pursuit of justice for animals.
Amelia Brown, mother to two loving though crazy pet birds, is a fashion design student at Cornell University with experience in the technical and artistic aspects of the apparel industry, fashion journalism, and various languages. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has spent time interning for designers from Mumbai to New York City as well as traveling the Middle East extensively seeking design inspiration.
Katie Elks, a proud owner of Emme, a Glen of Imaal terrier, is in the Fiber Science & Apparel Design department at Cornell University, Class of 2012. She has previously interned for New York womenswear companies Tracy Reese, Natori and The Row, Dualstar Entertainment Group. Katie has also taken classes at Parsons the New School for Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology both located in New York City.
Nature and animals have always been a source of inspiration for me. Their preservation is crucial for all peoples and artistic genius.
At Washington University in St. Louis, Bridgette Zou is pursuing a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History. She will graduate with her dual degree in the Spring of 2012.
Through photographs, I encourage individuals to look at the human body as not only a mere object but rather as a piece of beautiful art.
Maya embodies the description of wordly: she was raised between Connecticut and Florida, studied in Israel to satiate her love of hummus, ornate scarves, and desert heat, and continued advanced studies in Barcelona, Spain to savor paella, flamenco dresses, and the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. Her exposure to various cultures, methods of thought, and versions of life influenced her to document the differences and similarities through her public photo-diary.
The best universal solution is to get stronger, in one way or another.
Ken is a chemistry and biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, Class of 2012. He enjoys organic synthesis and is also interested in chemical biology. He plans to attend graduate school in one of these fields or a related one. Born and raised in New Jersey, he hopes to stay in the northeast for his graduate studies.
Do something that makes you come alive.
JP is currently a Park Scholar pursuing a degree of Documentary Studies & Production at Ithaca College. He has been deeply involved with issues of social justice throughout his life and hopes to bring light into places around the world that need to be seen. He has interned with companies in Washington DC such as Stone Soup Films and The World Bank creating documentaries and media for international development. His passion lies in finding stories that need to be told and hopes to continue along that path with animal activism. His dream is to someday travel as a documentary filmmaker and be an activist for social justice around the world.
Seeing something through the lens of a camera is like having the whole world suddenly opened up to you..the possibilities are limitless.
A born and raised New Jersey girl, Rachel Maus is currently in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College. She had previously been actively involved in theatre, which helped peak her interest in film. Rachel is an intern for the 2012 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and an avid supporter of the arts. Upon completing her degree, she hopes to further her passion for film in New York City.
Keep inspiration alive.
Katelyn is currently a cosmetology student in Binghamton where she resides with her two kittens and eleven pet rats. Her love of animals and the beauty industry date back to the early years of her life. Since then she has studied in the visual arts to perfect her craft at Broome Community College and The Fashion Institute of Technology. Plans after graduation are to continue doing hair and work as a freelance makeup artist along the East coast.
Every once and a while you have to look around and embrace the little things that we take for granted.
They call me Meg, I am short and sweet just like my name. I attend Ithaca College as Park Student majoring in Communications Management and Design, I intend on minoring in Photography. I am a sophomore this year and hope to graduate in the class of 2014. On campus, I work for Campus Center and Event Services as an Event Manager. I am licensed in cosmetology in the state of New Jersey and run my own portable salon called Best Kept Secret. After graduation I intend of using my passion for arts such as hair, make-up, and photography as well as my business back ground in corporate communication to become a multi faceted business women. I have no definite plans but I feel like my variety of skills could be applied to many careers.
Bad design is a crime...
Steve and Jenna are up and coming designers from the Bay Area. Their passion for design led them both to The Art Institute of California- San Francisco, where they met and later tied the knot. This "Power Couple" team lives and breathes design, and they work hand in hand with every new project. They strive to create custom work that is simple, yet effective. When they are not glued to their computers, they are enjoying time exploring the city, or playing with their adorable ginger cat, Brutius Maximus (aka Bruce).