Editorial in Spade Magazine

My designs are featured in the Winter Edition of Canadian design magazine, Spade. The skirt and shirt from my studies in Belgium were used for a two-page fashion editorial. The magazine can be found in Chapters and Indigo. The website is www.spademagazine.ca.

Photoshoot of Belgian Pieces

Mastersclass with Sandra Backlund

At the end of October I traveled to San Francisco for an international competition and workshop with the Arts of Fashion Foundation. The foundation seeks to inspire creativity and art within fashion by having European designers teach workshops to North American students.

This year I was honored to work with Sandra Backlund for a workshop she ran called "Knit by Heart". Working with a group of 5 designers we hand knit many pieces and collage them together to create a unique knit garment inspired by chess pieces.

Check out this video of the results of the four day workshop.


Also view Sandra Backlund's work at www.sandrabacklund.com

Rooftop Photoshoot with fashion photographer Jacklyn Locke

Featured in November FASHION Magazine!

My eco-design efforts are featured in this month's Canadian FASHION magazine. The ad features my eco-knitwear story as an advertisement for Ryerson.

FashionBerry Magazine

My designs are featured in the first Toronto issue of the online magazine FashionBerry. Check out the magazine and my designs at www.fashionberry.com

Flight Items Being Sold at Heart On Your Sleeve

You can now find Flight bamboo jersey and organic cotton pieces being sold at Toronto's pioneer eco/ethical boutique "Heart on Your Sleeve" in Kensington Market!


La Cambre Exhibit, Brussels Belgium

I have just returned from a summer program at the Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Arts Visuels de la Cambre. The course is the first of it's kind - La Cambre has not opened it's doors to North American students in the past. The program focused on looking at materials, the body and fashion from a new perspective. Belgian designers and teachers alike are known for their experimentation, exploration and innovation which we have been exposed to during these last intensive four weeks. We began the program by creating a "new body" or dress form which built up volume and odd shapes in order to start thinking about the body in new ways. Through a series of different briefs we explored and experimented with volume, new shapes, hand knitting and many many hand stitches.

The program was finished with an exhibition of our work that was shown to the Belgian and Parisian press. The experience was incredibly enlightening and challenging and will definitely help to inspire my next collection.


Holt Renfrew Exhibit

Three outfits of Heidi Ackerman's debut collection are currently being showcased at the high-end department store - Holt Renfrew in Toronto. The showcase focuses on selected graduate students from Ryerson University.

The display will be in the store for the entire month of July at 50 Bloor Street West, Toronto Canada (416) 922-2333


Finalist for The Arts of Fashion Competition

Heidi Ackerman has been selected by a panel of international judges as one of the finalist for The Arts of Fashion Foundation Competition which will hold a final judgment process and fashion show in San Fransisco in October 2008.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation