Life-jacket design contest deadline April 15

April 6th, 2015

The deadline for design entries with the 2015 Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition is April 15. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association, contest sponsors, encourage boaters, armchair inventors, design, engineering or high-school students to submit designs. The grand prize is $10,000. (Additional cash prizes […]

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A clear vision

January 1st, 2015

Charlene and Chandler Clark, owners of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va., are always careful to protect their clear vinyl windows throughout the fabrication and installation processes. “If we are working with a product that does not have a scratch-resistant coating, we will spray the glass with a protectant prior to working with it,” Charlene Clark […]

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Luxury ships offer design challenges and opportunities

July 1st, 2013

When you think about ocean, lake or river cruise lines, what comes to mind? Luxury travel, certainly. Beautiful, natural surroundings, definitely. And the ships themselves: large, luxurious liners, with dining, entertainment and staff that attend to your every need, allowing you to enjoy your experience to the fullest. Marine fabricators who orchestrate the exterior and […]

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Sewing the fabric puzzle together

May 1st, 2010

It’s time to sit down at your sewing machine and begin to put the pieces of the fabric puzzle back together. You may have one or two machines to choose from, or several. Regardless of how many choices you have, you generally have a favorite. And, more than likely, the number-one reason for your choice […]

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Fabric design expertise creates colorful new business opportunities

July 1st, 2008

As a designer, I am often asked where I find inspirations for colors and patterns. My short answer is “everywhere.” Designers are by nature closely attuned to their surroundings, knowing that inspiration can come from just about anywhere and when you least expect it. Fashions worn by runway models in Paris, costumes featured in new […]

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