VM3D is a sector within the textile company Vera Mond that resulted from a digital transformation that the company implemented in 2020/2021, and the company dates back to 1997. In addition to the core business, VM3D organizes trainings for everyone who wants to learn to design clothes in 3D on a computer, with the aim of improving the skills of participants in the fashion industry and creating a basis for the digital transformation of the entire sector as a basis for growth and development. of the textile industry.
We spoke with Jasmina Chaneva Lazovska, who is in charge of the activities in the VM3D company and this entire project.
Hi Jasmina, can you briefly tell us what is taught in the “Clothing Design in 3D” training?
Clothing design in 3D represents the visualization of a fashion product through the development of a template in 2D, production simulation, fabric simulation and the possibility to electronically share or process the created model as information to the client without it actually being produced.
In the training “Clothing Design in 3D” – basic level, the tools for designing clothes in 3D software are studied. For the purpose of the training we have provided a license for 3D software – DC Suite which the participants receive free of charge for the duration of the training, each participant to follow the training should provide a computer and a stable internet connection.
After completing the training, the participants acquire a certificate – Clothing designer in 3D basic level.
The Fashion-Freelancer program is a complex whole that includes two essential elements very important for every beginner:
- Learning basic software tools for working in 3D Fashion Design software
- Building a foundation for successful freelancing ie. global offering of a service as a Fashion Freelancer which includes – building a profile on a freelance platform, searching for clients, establishing contact with a client, determining the price of a service, delivering a service, opening an account and charging for the service.
At the end of the training, we aim for each participant to complete at least one project. In addition to group trainings (in small groups of a maximum of 5 people), the participants will continuously work daily in individual communication with the mentors.
How many modules does the training cover and what are they?
The training includes several modules, namely:
- Basic functions, translation from 2D to 3D. In this module, the basic tools for working in 3D are mastered, i.e. the tool interface, avatar selection and so on.
- Multilayer representation of a model. In this module, after mastering the templates, you learn how to represent them on an avatar to get a complete look.
- Correct application and editing. This module teaches you how to use and edit digital materials and how to add logos, applications, etc.
- Processing of accessories and applying cut parts. The interesting part of training is adding those seemingly small things that make a piece of clothing unique. You’ll learn to add buttons, zippers, snaps, placket, and more.
- Working with key 3D tools. The training allows you to learn how to add folds, creases, burrs, glocks to your designs to make them exactly as you envision them.
- Proper use of 3D tools for 3D visualization. To make the materials look more realistic, this module teaches about flow, refraction, elasticity, friction, density and so on.
After finishing this section, there is a section on freelancing.
The training includes a freelancing section. Can you give us more details on this?
After studying 3D clothing design, participants will have the chance to learn how to become a freelance 3D clothing designer. This means they will learn how to become competitive in the market. They will create profiles on freelance platforms, learn how to present themselves in the best light possible, how to get a client and how to effectively communicate with them, how to meet their legal obligations and so on. This is a month-long process that will be led by experienced freelancer Blaze Spireski, who will pass on his knowledge to our students.
How much does the training cost, when does it start, how will it be conducted, what is needed and how long does it take?
The subsidized price of the training costs 250 euros. The first three groups start on October 4th, 5th and 6th. The next groups start on December 30, 2022, and we will announce enrollments in a timely manner on our social media.
The training is supported by the RECONOMY program. RECONOMY is a regional inclusive and green economic development program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in partnership with the Impact Foundation and other organizations in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans.
The implementation of the training is online, because there are interested people from all cities, and our goal is for everyone who is interested to be involved, and if necessary, the mentors are also open for individual sessions with physical presence in the workrooms of VM3D. The whole training lasts 13 weeks, that is, 9 weeks of learning how to design clothes in 3D and 4 weeks of how to become a successful freelancer in this field and building your own portfolio. To register for the training, you need a computer with specifications that you can see here.
What is your message to anyone who wants to become a freelance clothing designer?
My message to everyone is that if they have a desire to be part of the fashion industry, not to be shy to sign up for the training. We have wonderful instructors who will teach them how things work in fashion and in the freelancing world.
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