emily eleanor. "All that you can imagine is real" ~Pablo Picaso

Above Photo Credit | Emily Schlangen | China 2016

Standing at a canvas paints a red streak. Freely the hand moves adding shades of green and blue to create a flower. More colors and elements are added illustrating a beautiful mosaic focusing not only on the flower, but its surroundings.

Our lives are a mosaic created through moments and memories; yet, each mosaic is a reflection of our own lives. Each moment experienced, each memory made, blends to create a our uniqueness as humans. We make our own decisions, based upon on a feeling, a push to one direction versus the other.

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. ~ e.e cummings

Above artwork hand drawn, colored using sharpies and tech liner pen. Edited in photoshop to create a half drop repeated pattern in Illustrator | Emily Schlangen 2014

Life is an art. It is a creation. A creation of imagination and of the self.

From the day I was brought into the world, March 9th 1994, I longed to experience everything that life had to offer. I was out for discovery. I actively partook in anything I could get my hands on. From dancing to soccer, drawing to writing, I express reflections of emotion and meaning through life experiences. I never longed to be like anyone else. I wanted to be me: unique. I wanted to create my own path.

"Free to Be Me" ~ Francesca Battistelli | Handmade 3D album cover | Emily Schlangen 2014

Creation

Eleanor marked the beginning of my creative aspirations. I sought out fashion as an expression of the self. In the Fall of 2011, as a senior in High School, I developed my brand name, logo, and hand drew this boutique.
Innocence | Class | Romance | 2015

I began to draw fashion illustrations that each had a new idea, a new concept, a new feeling. One of which, was chosen to come to life by my high school art teacher, Ms. Hookham. Upon High School Graduation, she gifted me a handmade pebble with the word 'believe' engraved in it as encouragement for success.

FAshion design.

" Fashion is an expression of the soul. A perception that comes from within." ~ Emily Schlangen

Above artwork hand drawn using colored pencil | Emily Schlangen 2013

Comfort.

Color and Fabric inspired by the peaceful culture of Dubai. The white silk cashmere reflects the purity of Islam. The burnt orange represents the hot desert sun. The navy jacquard trim illustrates the coolness of the seas that surround the land.

Photo Credit: Katie Sabalones | Spring 2015 | Apparel handmade: Emily Schlangen

Distressed Plaid.

Inspired by our imperfections.

Photo Credit: Katie Sabalones | Top handmade: Emily Schlangen

Nothing in life is perfect. We are torn apart, scared by our pasts, but our strength holds us together.

Spring 2015

Structure.

Inspired by the structures that surround our everyday lives and the choices we make. Yet, it is these choices that we develop our own structures. The forest green represents the Earth. The gold trim represents our successes as we live our chosen paths. The burgundy, lastly, represents love and loss.- 12/14

Jacket handmade: Emily Schlangen

Fashion Events

Threads: PULSE

"Pulse. Heartbeat. Rhythm. Flow. These words describe the moments of creative energy that spark inspiration turning an idea into form. From a thought to a thread, from a concept to a cloth, we pull from our imaginations to create tangible objects. Through skill, time, patience and intuition, we tap into the vitality of making; of creatingthe flow, the rhythm, the heartbeat, the pulse." Pulse Statement - May 9th 2015

Threads is the student Creative Direction team through the School of Human Ecology at University of Wisconsin-Madison to put on a Fashion Show to showcase students designs in the Textile and Fashion Design program. Throughout this event, I had the opportunity to take on the lead role for the Graphic Design team and Creative Direction. I managed and created all graphics needed for PR and the day of the show. During performance day I worked with ticketing and sales to manage the outside performance space for our visual displays. I made sure that hospitality was in check and filled in where needed to enhance the overall show experience.

Used Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Amor del Mundo | Love of the World

"Amor del Mundo Fashion Show" I organized and facilitated with the help and sponsorship by Studio Quest Salon. Our mission was to raise money for the Wild Coast Rural School Project in South Africa.

Venue: King Street, Madison WI | Photo Credit Jordan Anthony Photography
Design By Emily Sugars | Photo Credit Jordan Anthony Photography

Designs by Daisy Lopez Designs, Emily Sugars and pieces selected from Studio Quest Boutique were debuted along with beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres donated by local Madison restaurants.

Photo Credit Jordan Anthony Photography
Guitarist Kayla Selvaag | Photo Credit Jordan Anthony Photography

Raffle prizes were given away where guests received numerous items from local Madison businesses. Through this show we were able to bring together the community and celebrate culture and art in Madison's First Settlement District raising around $1000. A large thank you goes our to all who contributed to make this event a success. ~10/9/14

Prizes from Planned Parenthood, Ancora Coffee, Context Clothing and many others. Photo Credit Jordan Anthony Photography

Discovery

I expanded my imagination through travel. I enjoy seeing new places, meeting new people. I observe the architecture, the fashion, art, homes, people, and music. I try to understand their story or interpret a painting the way the artist may have. I strive to embody the art of the world as a whole in order to coalesce clarity and unity; for we are all a mosaic, painting our way in the world that surrounds us. This is my inspiration.
Colorado | New Orleans | China | Dubai
Throughout my tenure as an Undergrad, I had many opportunities that expanded my professional development and relationships with those around me.

Quality Assurance Intern

While studying abroad in Hangzhou, China, I interned with Li & Fung in Quality Assurance.

Me & my Manager Lucy

Product Management Intern

Following my abroad experience I ventured directly to Kohl's New York Design Office in Manhattan.

Brooklyn Bridge

My daily tasks included communicating with overseas vendors in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Shanghai and India on sending styles for pre-classification, style finalization and meeting shipment deadlines for ad samples.

I assisted in the developmental cycle through databases such as Tradestone and Enterprise Data Warehouse. I also developed retail costing strategies in comparing prices of other competitors for white space opportunity in owning our dresses category.

Manhattan Skyline | Photo Credit Emily Schlangen

Intern Projects

I and another intern partnered up to present an innovative idea on how to maintain our current customer and market to millennials through an instore personal shopping experience to the management board.

I built and presented a competitive shopping experience to capitalize on a growing opportunity with the Rock & Republic Brand to our product development, design and technical design team.

Summer Interns

Why Product Development?

Prior to my internship the most common question was why Product Development and not Design based on my design experience and portfolio. I believe that my ability to design while having an analytical mind assists me in working with cross functional teams. I found this to be true throughout my internship where I was able to collaborate with designers by using adobe photoshop and illustrator because I knew how to use the programs and others on my team were unfamiliar.

I was able to use my broad range of experiences, tools and knowledge throughout my internship, allowing me to gain the full experience.

Full Time Offer

Two weeks following my internship I was offered a full time position as a Product Development Coordinator. I am proud to say that I accepted and started writing my next chapter in August of 2017 working with the Dana Buchman Team.

Director of Idea Incubator

Adobe Representative | Infegy Representative

I recently facilitated a collaborative "Design Thinking" space for students to access. In addition, I represented Adobe to help integrate Adobe programs into the classroom in providing workshops for students. Lastly I represented Infegy to assist students in obtaining a basic certificate as they better understand online consumer behavior.

In March of 2017 I coordinated a JOAMM Case Competition sponsored by Adobe, Infegy and the Kohl's Retailing Center.

Through coordinating the competition as well as working with Adobe and Infegy, I have been able to expand my knowledge not only on consumers but also in understanding human interaction and the importance of empathy. Adobe's creative cloud allows ideas to go beyond in digital story telling, while Infegy draws in direct consumer insights in understanding their true thoughts from online conversations.

I have been able to accentuate my love in sharing ideas with students to help them expand their creative minds as they pursue their careers. In these interactions I learn new insights about others and their passions. From these insights I look for my own similarities and how I can better relate through empathy.

Discover. Create. Share.

As I continue to grow I look to soak up everything I can from each experience. These experiences can be through travels, daily activities, brief encounters and professional growth. I aspire to continue to illustrate and write these experiences based on the relation to myself. Through new discoveries and creation I will live my life spreading love and kindness with hopes to inspire others to take their own journey less traveled.

I don't learn because I feel I have to. I learn because I aspire to.

PS. I am huge foodie who is always up for some good Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds. :)
"Be yourself. No one can tell you you are doing it wrong." Anonymous
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Credits:

Katie Sabalones Photography | Jordan Anthony Photography | Emily Schlangen Artwork & Apparel Designs | Erin Dulmes & Rebecca Miller Models

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