Sep. 13, 2019
Hue Summer 2019

Take a second look at our cover image this issue: it’s embroidered! When the School of Art and Design received a state-of-the-art digital embroidery machine as part of a major 25-machine donation from Brother International Corporation, we had to test it out. We sent a photo to the Brother team, and they made the magic happen. The final result, stitched on the Brother PR1050X, has 29 colors and 155,183 stitches, and it took five hours of continuous sewing to create. Bet your granny can’t do that!

Check out this video of the Brother machine in action:

Melissa Heinz, a senior project manager in Brother’s Home Appliance Division, and Cindy Hogan, digital embroidery expert and Brother brand ambassador, created the embroidery for our cover. Photo: Smijana Peros

Our cover model is Anna Forde, International Trade and Marketing ’18, wearing her commencement robe and an ecstatic expression. Hue found Forde on Instagram via the hashtag #fitgrad. The photo captured a significant instant, she writes. “The joy I felt when I waved my diploma in the air in the middle of Manhattan…. It’s probably the best moment I had this year: ‘Hello world! Here I come!’” She landed a job as a customer service and e-commerce associate at the global skincare company AHAVA: Dead Sea Laboratories.

The embroidery machine will be used mainly by Fashion Design students looking for innovative embellishments. The detail shows the stitches up close.