Lurie Children’s Partners with Students at School of the Art Institute for Accessory Design Challenge

Lurie Children’s Partners with Students at School of the Art Institute for Accessory Design Challenge

When a patient-family, employee or visitor enters Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, there is no doubt that the hospital was designed for kids in mind. Throughout the hospital, creative interiors were designed in partnership with more than 20 of Chicago’s art, cultural and civic institutions. Installations on each floor invite exploration, discovery and inspiration while lifting the spirits of children and families.

To celebrate and cultivate our partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the hospital enlisted the help of SAIC accessory design course students for a unique collaboration- designing new scarves and ties for Lurie Children’s as limited-edition gifts for select donors and board members.

“This past fall, we toured the SAIC students to share Lurie Children’s visual identity with them and to help spark their creativity,” says Joanna Riester, Director of Donor Relations at Lurie Children’s Foundation. “They went back to the drawing broads and began their design process.”

Then a jury comprised of Lurie Children’s leadership, Robin Zafirovski, President of the Founders’ Board, and Kim Friesen, Children’s Service Board, selected the winning design by Sue Bin Yeo, a SAIC sophomore. A design by Jack River Geyer was selected as a runner-up.

Sue Bin Yeo’s winning scarf design

“My design works closely with the color palette I found throughout the hospital. I wanted to create something fun but appealing and also whimsical,” says Sue Bin Yeo. “In both pieces, I incorporated motifs I found in the hospital including the whales that greet visitors as they enter the hospital and the chapel stained glass windows. Both of my designs were also heavily influenced by the Crown Sky Garden and its symbol of growth and hope.”

Special thank you to Tommy Walton, Accessory Design Instructor, Anke Loh, Associate Professor and Sage Foundation Chair of the Department of Fashion, and Tiffany Holmes, PhD, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at SAIC and Robin Zafirovski and Kim Friesen.

Sue Bin Yeo with her winning tie design

“This project was so meaningful. It is such an honor to have won the design challenge,” says Yeo. “I’m so appreciative that Lurie Children’s provided this opportunity and encouraged young artists and designers.”

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