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Fall events and education opportunities

August 1st, 2012 / By: / Industry News

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1994 by IFAI’s board of directors to support the association’s efforts to promote the specialty fabrics industry; it’s now separately incorporated and governed by an independent board of directors. IFF’s educational scholarship and research grants are supported entirely by individual and corporate tax-deductible contributions.

The foundation’s mission:

  • to support research and study regarding specialty fabrics;
  • to provide public insight and information regarding specialty fabrics; and
  • to engage in other charitable activities approved by the IFF board of directors for the benefit of the industry.

At IFAI Expo 2012 in Boston this November, the IFF will raise money for its 2013 scholarship program and projects, holding an F1 Go-Kart Race on Nov. 6 from 2-6 pm, with busses leaving the Boston Convention Center at 1:30. The kart race takes the place of the annual IFF golf tournament this year, putting participants on a professional indoor racetrack to gauge their competitive instincts and reward the speedy.

The IFF Annual Auction will also take place at IFAI Expo (Nov. 7–9), and will be offering some special items for bids in honor of IFAI’s 100th anniversary this year. Donations for the auction are now being accepted: organizers are seeking big-ticket items such as vacations, machinery, artwork, business services and other items valued in the $200—$5,000 range.

The role of color on textiles

The AATCC Color Management Workshop will be held Sept. 19–20, 2012, at the AATCC Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The two-day program will feature well-known industry experts in color science, measurement and communication, as participants explore the role of color on textiles. Recommended for merchandisers, retailers, manufacturers, product developers, color approval managers, specifiers and designers.

Because color plays an important role in consumer purchasing decisions, it’s imperative to communicate color throughout the textile supply chain, to achieve the color envisioned by the designer and demanded by the consumer. At the workshop, attendees will hear color experts discuss color principles, the effects of lighting, factors to consider when developing a color palette (and how these choices affect cost, fashion, durability and dyeing reproducibility), how to implement a digital color program with your supplier, how to control shade from concept to production, and much more.

Presentations include:

  • Fundamentals of color theory and measurement; Renzo Shamey, North Carolina State University
  • Dye selection for desired fastness requirements; Nelson E. Houser, M. Dohmen USA
  • Color communication best practices; Sandy Johnson, Color Solutions International
  • Color communication: Getting your message across; Roland L. Connelly
  • Supplier conformance: Why don’t my numbers match yours? Ken Butts, Datacolor
  • Color and lighting: Best practices today; Ann C. Laidlaw, X-Rite Inc.
  • Managing color on multiple textile substrates
  • Your world, your process: Applying what you’ve learned

Participants will have an opportunity to have their color questions answered during the presentations and breakout sessions. For complete details and registration information, visit www.aatcc.org/events/workshops/color.htm.

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