Junior Designers 
Joseph Katzman & Rustie Salayog
Tell us about your experience:

My experience with getting to participate in the Disability Design Program was fun and exciting! I’ve always wanted to create clothing for people on a personal and custom level so that they are able to express themselves however they see fit and find use in the practicality and aesthetics of the garment. People use all different kinds of mediums of expression to communicate their style and personality, my medium of choice has always been art and fashion. The relationship between the wearer and the garment in regards to this expression can be calculated and intimate, even if it is done subconsciously. Clothing can influence the way we see ourselves in the world, as well as the way that others see us, and I am honored and enthused to have the chance to help someone use clothing for the purpose of feeling better about themselves, and comfortable about going through the world. 

Although unfortunately the pandemic has halted our efforts of delivering a physical garment to our models, the hypothetical design process was a fun one. After meeting with my model, Sam Hengesbach, my design partner Rustie and I have been conceptually designing a jumpsuit that will cater to their needs, primarily focused on practical and functional purposes such as being easy to wear and having many storage options. All in all, I am grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful programm, and hope that in the coming seasons we will be producing garments ready for use and expression!

Joseph Katzman
Tell us about your experience:

On this disability design project, Joey Katzman, my groupmate, and I were paired to study the struggles of Sam Hengesbach. Her disabilities are neurodivergent trifecta of anxiety, depression, and ADHD. She struggles with executive dysfunction and time blindness. Furthermore, Sam was really straight forward of what she wanted. She wanted me and my partner to make her a jumpsuit that she can wear when she has no energy to get dressed when her depression is at its worst. She also wanted the jumpsuit in cool colors with a combination of warm colors such as sky blue and light pink. She also wanted to put some of her own patches in the garment, to make her happy. Lastly Sam asked for a lot of pockets so she didn't have to remember to repack a purse constantly because her ADHD disorder makes her forget things like her keys and stim toys frequently. The goal of this design is to make an easy to wear jumpsuit that motivates you to wear it when you have a disability such as anxiety can affect how you dress. Not to forget utility, putting extra pockets will help our model to not forget things she needs to cop with her anxiety. Me and my groupmate Joey have been preparing for this project but the pandemic really shifted the plans that we have stored for this project. 

Rustie Salayog
Description of Design:

Sam has a neurodivergent trifecta of anxiety, depression and ADHD. The goal of this design is to facilitate the functionality, access and aesthetic principles of this garment around our model, Sam Hengesbach’s disability and described difficulties when it comes to dressing. Sam also struggles with Executive Dysfunction and Time Blindness. These are disorders associated with ADHD that cause inability or hardship to plan or keep in mind future events or meet certain goals. Many of the design ideas centered around functionality and access. We will be designing a jumpsuit as a garment that can be easily put on when feeling depressed or unmotivated. This garment will also feature many pockets making options for storing organizational products as well as personal belongings plentiful and easily accessible. Aesthetically, the garment will be bright and colorful to combat Sam's Depression, with patches chosen specifically by Sam for a more personal and comfortable touch.

-Joseph Katzman

feel like this project is really fun since it’s like building and solving a puzzle since we have to figure out what our model needs that can best help her with her disability and how to transition that from paper to reality.

-Rustie Salayog