Durga Kalavagunta of Los Altos and Kathy Bonte of Mountain View, Almond School moms with a background in the design and textile industries, are putting their professional skills to a new use this summer with DezignKidz, a fashion camp for elementary schoolchildren.
"I see clothing as a form of art," said Kalavagunta, who added that she has been fascinated by fabrics since she designed clothes for her dolls as a child.
"The goal of DezignKidz is to help elementary school-age children channel their abundant creative energies into this rarely used medium that we'd like to call â€˜wearable art' ... while teaching them some practical, real-world skills," Kalavagunta said.
DezignKidz has scheduled four one-week programs starting July 6, 13, 20 and 24 at Springer School, 1120 Rose Ave., Mountain View.
Grades 1-3 are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon and grades 4-6, 1-4 p.m. Cost for the week camp is $199, plus $25 for materials.
Budding designers will take a garment from concept to completion and receive age-appropriate lessons in sketching/illustration, pattern making, garment construction, sewing, finishing and embellishing techniques.
At the camp's conclusion, DezignKidz will bring a touch of Bryant Park to the Bay Area and stage a fashion show for the campers to showcase their creations.
"If TV shows like â€˜Project Runway' are any indication, there seems to be a lot of interest in this area," said Bonte, a fan of the series. "We've actually had several moms say we should offer a class for adults."
For more information, visit www.dezignkidz.com.