Last weekend, she shared her techniques in the hopes that others may feel a little more comfortable with trying their hand at the craft and seeing their visions come to life. Through her Fashion Sketch Class, held on June 13 at DACO, Rinehardt explored the basics of sketching - drawing stylized figures, proportions and how to render garments.
“I think what is so fun about this type of illustration is that it can be very stylized,” she says. “Everyone has their own illustration style. There is more room to be creative with what you want your style to be.”
Even though there are guidelines, Rinehardt says that the creativity individuals bring to sketching makes it fun and easier to learn.
A Kent State Fashion School 2018 graduate, Rinehardt interned with fashion and textile designer Celeste Malvar-Stewart, who is teaching a “Farm to Fashion Nuno Scarf” workshop Aug. 14 at DACO.
“When I interned with her, I got a passion for sustainable fashion,” Rinehardt said. “She was so inspiring to be around.”
After graduating, Rinehardt worked as an assistant designer at La Senza, an intimate wear retail company, before co-founding a sustainable upcycling company in Columbus called Salvaged Apparel Co.
“Our mission is to upcycle clothing, redesign and reuse apparel, and to keep clothing out of the landfill,” she said. “We had our first collection in August 2020.”
Although her passion for sustainable clothing plays out in her company, she still embraces and practices her first passion, fashion illustration.
“Fashion illustration is so important because it’s the first step in the design process,” Rinehardt said. “I like to start with it because it’s the most emotional way to communicate what your design is, for yourself or a client.”
Rinehardt says she’s excited to work with DACO and those who share her passion. She recently visited DACO to see the “Distinctly Paramount” exhibition.
“The construction of those garments are so cool and I’d love to try to incorporate some kind of costume sketches into my class,” she said.