The INTERFORM Atelier is a retail pop-up store featuring a carefully curated collection of one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from local and regional fashion, jewelry, and more showcased in the creative atmosphere of a designer’s atelier.
We aim to support the local creative community by providing a space where they can showcase their art and designs. Each piece and work of art is unique, one of a kind, and represents the essence of the artist who created it.
Rosie Rose is an award winning artist from Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She is known for her adventurous and colorful fashion designs, as well as her unique fiber art and paintings. A second generation Arkansas artist, her art & designs are steeped in the beauty of the Ozark hills.
Olivia Eubanks is a two and three-dimensional artist who is based in Russellville, Arkansas. She earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Arkansas Tech University and has since opened her own business, “Olivia Eubanks Art”. Her main interest has always been pushing the boundaries of “traditional art”, by sewing through canvas, shattering pottery, or printing on clothing. Which is
where the business took off and found its footing. Olivia created wearable art with her PrintWear. By printing her art on clothing she’s made her art something people can style and display on the daily.
Megan Rose is an abstract artist and designer from Northwest Arkansas. She runs a small online business, Shop Megan Rose, and participates in her local arts community through markets, galleries, and pop-ups. The sole focus of her artwork is a collection of paintings called “Feminine Abstraction.” It celebrates the individuality and diversity of female expression. Her hope is that when someone views her work, it inspires a feeling of empowerment, joy, and brings to mind the brilliant women in their own lives. “Feminine Abstraction” is created with many artistic mediums, using acrylic paint and collage mixed media to create a sense of vibrancy that jumps off of the canvas. You can find out more about her work at www.shopmeganrose.com and on Instagram @shopmeganrose.
Shelby Fleming (She/Her) holds a BFA in Studio Art from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and a MFA from the University of Arkansas School of Art. She has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Chautauqua School of Art, Interform, and is currently an artist in resident at Creative Spaces NWA. Fleming’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the CICA Museum, South Korea, Scattered Art Gallery, London, the
International Sculpture Conference, and Art Saint Louis. Fleming’s studio practice is cross-disciplinary with a focus on sculpture, installation, and performance art. Fleming’s photo series “Micro Escapes” focuses on the psychological body. Sculpture and installations are built with the intent of being photographed. Once printed the unfocused images are drawn on top of
with a pen, putting the image back into focus. Fleming sees this method of creation as a way to process and frame her queer visual narrative. The narrative holds tension and drama as she explores the thin line that separates her private and public life as a queer woman.
Terése Conway, a Rogers-based artist, is known for her atmospheric photographs that capture the natural world with an ethereal and serene sensibility. Whether landscapes, florals, or still lifes, her images have a quiet essence to them through the use of a reduced and muted color palette. Textures reminiscent of historic photographic processes give the photographs a timeless and mysterious quality. Terése grew up in Sweden, where she took her first darkroom and photography class. Later, she was awarded an art scholarship to MSSU in Joplin, Missouri, where she earned a BA in Graphic Design.
She has appeared in a variety of publications, most recently in All About Photography’s ‘Black and White Competition,’ where she was named a Rising Photographer. Terése was featured in the Walton Arts Center’s juried show ‘Our Art, Our Region, Our Time’ in 2022 and 2023, as well as the PhotoSpiva 2023 competition in Joplin, Missouri.
Remi is a Fayetteville-based ceramicist who has been throwing for two years. After taking a ceramics class in high school, they fell in love with the art form and decided to buy their own wheel. Everything for Spooky Ceramics is made lovingly with their two hands. They specialized in creating functional housewares such as mugs, bowls, and ashtrays. They favor a technique called graffito, which means they carve designs into the clay while it is still wet. Their designs are inspired by tattoos, nature, and little creatures. They enjoy sitting down and letting the creativity flow for whatever they are feeling that day, so many of their pieces are one of a kind. You can find them on Instagram @spookyceramicco.
Rinat Brodach founded RINAT BRODACH in New York City in 2014 as a women’s wear brand after attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco and The Chambre Syndicate de la Couture Parisienne in Paris. In 2018 she relaunched her brand as Gender Free, and its combination of a high-fashion sensibility with accessible and inclusive design has led to praise in publications including Elle, WWD, Vogue, ID Magazine, Forbes, and Ynet. Rinat greatly expanded her global visibility and customer base as a featured contestant on the first season of the Amazon Prime fashion competition show “Making The Cut”, which premiered in March 2020 and resulted in a collaboration with Puma. In addition to selling directly to consumers at rinatbrodach.com, Instagram, and Facebook, RINAT BRODACH has been stocked in NYC, Tokyo, London, and San Francisco.
Born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, Richard pursued an Associates and a Bachelors in Fashion and Design. Even before culminating his professional degrees his technical expertise passed down from familiar generations and avant-garde design aesthetics earned him recognitions in major magazines like Ocean Drive and HOLA. Shortly after graduating Richard had the opportunity to work along prominent design houses and manufacturing facilities in the Island, something that sparked an interest for manufacturing and the technical side of the apparel world. In 2014 he moved to the United States to complete his Masters with a concentration in Arts and Apparel Design. Living by the philosophy of “dare to be deviant from the norm” his design aesthetic has evolved and transformed in the search for understanding the human body in order to create a gender/queer design line that encompasses structure, intent and empowerment. His approach to fashion has given him the opportunity to show his work in some of the biggest fashion week platforms in the USA and South America. In 2016 Richard decided to join apparel Corporate America in the search for that technical spark that came to be back in Puerto Rico. Since then his professional career has been focused not only in design but in every area of the product lifecycle; from product development, technical design and pattern making to supply chain, logistics and production for companies and clients like Dillards, Under Armour, and New Balance to mention a few.
Elizabeth Koerner doesn’t remember not being interested in fashion and loves to learn. She doesn’t want to live without gratitude, faith in Jesus and curiosity. She loves her family and is an involved woman investing in others and in community to make a difference in the world. Elizabeth loves to laugh, really enjoys relationships and loves to encourage others. Elizabeth is honored to be selected to participate as a Designer in Residence in the EMERGE 4 Program. She is looking forward to EMERGE 4. At the same time she is thankful for the learning and growth experienced through INTERFORM EMERGE program’s training, collaboration and presentations as well as, NWA Fashion Week runways, and The Collective Movie, all opportunities in which she has participated. Respecting differences and being curious about who we are and where we have come from can result in wonder, openness and a willingness to listen and learn from one another. This learning inspires creativity for Elizabeth’s design as does: nature, art, music, texture, fabric, beauty, travel, architecture and culture. Elizabeth loves to design Everyday Runway clothing inspiring the wearer to feel fabulous every single day. Elizabeth expresses youthful active sophisticated women’s spirit through quality, classic and artful design. Women feel beautiful, are comfortable and show their style effortlessly in Elizabeth. To contact Elizabeth Koerner: email@example.com
Born locally in NW Arkansas, Jessica Robin has over 25 years experience working with textiles and is a graduate of the theater department at the University of Arkansas where she specialized in costuming. Since the early 2000s, she has designed and produced her own original work including hand embroidered bags and velveteen bunnies as well as creating her own clothing. She sees clothing as not just a way to present yourself but also to surround yourself in what you love even if it means pinning a giant leaf on your shirt. She is inspired by how colors and patterns can evoke emotions and the significance of the stories behind the clothes that we wear and hold dear. In her spare time she loves repairing old vintage sewing machines and doing projects with friends. She has worked for Interform in the Learn Department for almost two years helping teach Beginning and Advanced sewing classes and lead the open studio. Above all, she loves the way sewing and working with your hands creates a shared space.
Ro Bailey is a former radio personality, veteran, and model who joined INTERFORM as the Communications Manager in October 2020. Born in California and raised in East Tennessee, Bailey moved to Fayetteville in 2012 with her son True and has enjoyed living and working in Northwest Arkansas. Shortly after moving to NWA, she became involved with Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week in 2015 as a runway and editorial model. By 2017, she became NWAFW’s Assistant Director of Modeling where she mentors new models and trains them in how to walk confidently on the runway, build their portfolios, prioritize their health and safety, and expand their brands. With her background in radio, Bailey currently hosts INTERFORM podcast, a biweekly podcast with a fresh perspective on current events with insightful guests and thought-provoking episodes. In less than a year, INTERFORM podcast had over 500 downloads. Ro strives to be an asset to her family and her community through cultivating diversity and visibility for local models.
Each garment is handcrafted by Kerrie with quality craftsmanship & attention to details. She is passionate about having exclusive clothing. She believes GOD is our designer & we were created to be unique & set apart! “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:14).
“have u ever been to an amusement park & ridden a really intense ride & when ur done u bought a t shirt that says “I SURVIVED THE…..” “….when we leave earth we’re all getting a tshirt.” Rayne Cottrell is the creator behind I SURVIVED EARTH. She has a fine arts degree in printmaking. Rayne loves dolphins, food, and garbage. She will be a millionaire.”
(Photo credit Ellis D @iii.0pener)
Ruby Moore is the Lead Designer for Ruby Ru Designs. Ruby has been married to her husband Ken for more than 25 years, she has three adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. 3 year old Kyleigh Rose, and 2 year old Michelle Kaye Nicole!! Ruby’s desire to create beautiful Fashions started when she was a teenager, as her mom Pauline Black so diligently taught her the art of sewing. Ruby has over 30 years of construction and design experience and has designed for many women in the central Arkansas area. Ruby has an eye for beautiful colors and textures of fabrics and knows who to bring out the beauty in every woman. Her passion for designing was reignited in 2014 when her then teenage daughter wanted her to design her beautiful senior prom gown. Ruby Ru Designs caters to women of all shapes and sizes. Her aesthetic is to create beautiful and timeless garments that exclude elegance and confidence. Her beautiful garments have been showcased over many venues to include NorthWest Arkansas Fashion Week. With her collection Ruby Ru Designs will bring class and elegance to any runway.
Snow Winters is an American based artist originating from Northwest Arkansas specializing in laser fabricated acrylic jewelry. Following inspiration wherever it leads her, she has difficulty calling any one place home and seeks out new experiences to expand her creative portfolio. As a non-traditionally trained artist with a background in digital 3D visualization, she’s continuously honing her skills hands-on, working with industrial designers and innovating high-tech fabrication. Snow applies those techniques to her wearable art and transforms her medium into jewelry that drapes the body and makes the wearer feel as if they are clad in couture armor. Discovering new materials and creating distinctive jewelry propels her work into a world where the wearer becomes the art.
Celebrating the Gift of Community is the next activation at INTERFORM Atelier and Famous Hardware in downtown Springdale. The window installation this season showcases vignettes of cultural holiday traditions representing both INTERFORM programs and the community members that participate in them. INTERFORM Atelier will continue its dedication to the creative community in Northwest Arkansas by providing a space for local and regional artists, fashion designers, and makers. Shop their one-of-a-kind creations this holiday season.
Papi Amisi Mukoko
I moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo 3 years ago, in 2020. Everything was new to me, I started taking sewing classes from January 2023 and coming to the studio made me feel like I am home here. I don’t want to miss a single class and also I enjoy coming to the open studio hours every Friday as well. I am learning how to sew and creating relationships with other students who also hope to have jobs or create our own businesses with what we are learning.
I always like black color to symbolize African people as we call us but skin doesn’t have nearly black colors as black fabric. I have also mixed “Kitenga” to express inclusion between male & female and also different races as this symbolizes INTERFORM as well.
I designed this dress from my heart and chose to make it because of this beautiful blue color. The dark blue color symbolizes to me the Pacific Ocean. On the Marshall Islands we are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Our ancestors were navigators from island to island across that ocean. The jewelry with this dress contains white shells specifically from my island which is called Utrik Atoll on Bikke Island. We call these shells wut which means flower and when we collect them we say we are going to pick flowers. My ancestors were the first to make this style of jewelry from shells and coconut leaves. We have to process the coconut leaves before weaving them to create the jewelry. The coconut trees provide a lot for us, food, drink, shelter, clothing, and more. It is like everything to us.
Dieu Donne Lawi
My name is Deeu Donne Lawi, I am originally from Democratic Republic of Congo. I moved to Iowa, USA on May 8, 2016. I heard about the sewing classes offered by INTERFORM and I was very excited about it. I moved to Northwest Arkansas so I could get a nearby opportunity to join the class. I was able to join the program a month after I moved to Fayetteville. I really like to sew different things, sewing is not only a hobby but a passion of mine.
Through my first style which is a shirt and a pair of pants, I wanted to express my feelings through my creation. I am happy to be included in a multicultural family from different countries at INTERFORM and everyone brings many kinds of sewing skills and cultural values through creating garments together. I designed my outfit having everyone in mind for which I kept it simple so that it could be worn by anyone, however at the same time I wanted to bring some African inspired details which are close to my heart. Learning through the program, I have a dream to get a job in an apparel industry or own my small business one day.
I always like black and red. It is an island style dress with one right pocket and has an asymmetrical design. This style of dress originated in Hawaii and Polynesian Islands and was brought to the Marshall Islands around the 18th century, before this the clothing was all made from coconut and pandanus leaves. The jewelry is a handicraft traditional to Marshall Islands. The shells on the jewelry are named for the individual islands that they come from. This beautiful jewelry was used to trade for food, dresses, and anything they might need. The fabric and trim for both of these dresses was purchased from Island Girl Boutique, a local shop owned and operated by one of our sewing students