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学习艺术知识 感受创业精神

文:浦瑛

 

每天我起床都要感谢神 因为神又带给我新的一天
年龄永远不是您的阻碍 心为您指定您前面的方向

[编者按]Virginia Marti 学院是一所学习艺术和设计的学校,在这里设有室内设计、时装设计、时装经销、平面设计、数码媒体等专业学科。这所学校的规模虽然不大,但在这里学习的学生可以学到最潮流的和最传统的艺术和设计理念,掌握最新的技术、最强的实际动手能力和扎实的理论基础,它能让你在学习毕业后顺利入行到你喜欢的职业当中,更难能可贵的是这里的学生可以学习到这所学校的主人Virginia Marti Veith女士艰苦创业的事迹和崇高敬业精神,而这些在一般学校里学习不到的宝贵精神财富将使你受益非浅,陪伴你走过人生的道路,助你攀登事业的高峰......

我们无法选择命运,但是我们可以选择我们对待命运的态度。生活的残缺有时也是上天的一种恩赐,往往又带给我们另外一种机遇,在Virginia Marti的记忆里,她的父亲除了辛勤工作外,就是手捧圣经在攻读。Virginia Marti在她最痛苦的时候,也拿起了圣经,就是因为她心中有上帝,上帝弥补了她的损伤和缺憾,她知道人只有原谅别人自己才能成快乐的人,因为人生没有绝对的圆满。今天她也送了我一本中文圣经。
      伊利华报曾经在一月三十日头版刊登过一篇文章,题为“生命处方,生活真谛”。我给华报读者介绍了两位曾经在心灵和身体上都有过死而复生经历的女士。Virginia Marti Veith女士(82岁),创办了Virginia Marti College,另外一位Young Moore小姐 (39岁) ,来自韩国,是Virginia Marti College的学生。
     此后第二个月我便带了克里夫兰ITM总裁Jack Craciun和企城唐人街发展有限公司总裁黄绍佳先生,一起去走访Virginia Marti college。Jack 和Virginia Marti的前辈都是18-19世纪从罗马尼亚移民到克里夫兰的成功创业人士。而黄绍佳先生说中国广州中山有学生要来美国求学,希望能和Virginia Marti college建立相互友好关系。也许就是那天Virginia Marti 有了新的愿望:她要让Virginia Marti College从全球去招收学生,培养更多的服装行业的人才,服装市场是一个每年2500亿的产业。
    我在六月十一日又去了Virginia Marti College,参加韩国学生Young Moore的毕业设计典礼。Young Moore 小姐,1993从韩国来美国求学,后又去意大利留学三年,学习服装设计。人生无常,正当她事业蒸蒸日上时,一场车祸从天而降, Young Moore死里逃生后成为植物人长达两年半时间,车祸后的Young Moore失去了记忆,她从躺在病床上到又一次站起来走路,前后动了上百次手术,只她的脚就动了27次手术。全身70%皮肤做了移植,幸运的Young Moore 是上帝给她一个完整的身体,而医生断言即使醒过来也只有两岁小孩的智力。而Young Moore在Virginia Marti College毕业设计典礼上得到了六位评委的赞誉。Young Moore说这就是上帝为什么给她再一次生命。
     也许是我的采访,Virginia Marti College要在伊利华报上刊登广告。她们学校第一次的广告是7月30日学校将隆重举办开放日,欢迎更多的亚裔学生能去参观访问,创办人Virginia Marti说她的学校目前规模不大,但知道如何培养有才华的学生,所以她的学生毕业后就有工作机会,这是她创办这所学校45年来最值得骄傲的,另外你一到Virginia Marti College你能感受到老师学生还有所有工作人员就像一家人。


     早在1921年Virginia Marti Veith的父亲从从罗马尼亚移民来美国克里夫兰,Virginia Marti Veith女士是家中第二代移民,父亲在克里夫兰是一位很成功的制作皮毛衣服的商人,在Virginia Marti Veith的记忆里,从小他父亲教导她和兄弟姐妹就像电影“音乐之声”里的父亲,每天早上五个孩子排成一排,父亲看他们的衣服整齐,皮鞋亮度和指甲干净不干净。Virginia Marti Veith的父亲在罗马尼亚6岁就开始学习手工缝纫,21岁的父亲到美国就已经有很好的手艺,父亲在教堂认识了母亲,自父亲1921年到美国克里夫兰直到1978年他去见他的上帝。
     Virginia Marti在富裕的家庭中成长,她的哥哥姐姐在经济上都得到父母的支持,但事业并不理想。父亲认识到要让孩子成才,只有靠他们自己双手努力,经济上自力更生,才能改变他们自己的命运。当Virginia18岁时,她父亲在经济上不预支持。从小就喜欢做设计的Virginia去了纽约,白天打工,晚上读书。她疲惫不堪忙于支付房租,她说她曾经恨她父亲为什么这么不帮助她。她20岁时,完全靠自己的能力,去了法国5年,学习服装设计,她辛苦耕耘,学业有成后回美国开了一个做婚纱的小店,生意兴隆。


     Virginia Marti出生时美国经济大萧条时期,她在1956年结婚,生了八个孩子,6个男孩2个女儿,结婚20年后的一天,在他家门口有人送来了一辆崭新的凯迪来克,她十分好奇,因为她自己才购买了一辆凯迪来克,她给他先生打电话,那一瞬间先生的另外一头电话没有了声音,她才知道他先生在外面还有一个家,这让她精神崩溃,但面对事业和家庭,她让先生去选择,要哪一个家,先生头也没有回就走了。
     Virginia Marti曾经为家庭事业精神崩溃过,但她没有在挫折降临时显得那样的不堪一击,Virginia在挫折面前没有将痛苦放大,她没有怨天尤人,她是脚踏实地勇敢面对现实,她的态度感动了上帝。人人都有一个梦,这个梦或大或小,但却都那样的神圣和虔诚。在1966年4月,Virginia Marti在市政府给她5万美金基金和她去银行贷款25万,她就用了这30万,创办了Virginia Marti College of Art and Design学校,学习做婚纱,当时她只有5个学生,只有晚上课程。过了5年,在1970年,学校开始有全天课程。在她先生离开她后,她的学校一点一点壮大,在1985年她的学校搬家三次,一次比一次规模大,学生也越来越多。学校教程全部是欧洲教学模式,虽然是二年制,但她培养学生的目标是毕业后要有事业和前途。


     Virginia有八个孩子,有一所Virginia Marti College of Art and Design学校。在她过了21年的单身生活后,她又找到了一个幸福的家园,她在教堂里找到了他现在的先生Herb,她俩恋爱六年,与1993年结婚,这位Herb带给她快乐和喜悦,Virginia Marti要将她的快乐和喜悦分享给大家,她和她的先生就在他俩结婚的同年创办了非洲孤儿基金会 (Kenya – East Africa)Virginia Marti毫无隐瞒地说,她喜欢赚钱,同时她也喜欢给予,因为一个人的快乐是来自于是否能给别人带来快乐。
     今年她82岁,8个儿女,27个孙子孙女和外孙外孙女,5个从孙子孙女。她没有将她的财产留给自己家人,她在非洲有近50人叫她妈妈,下个月她将动身去他的非洲学校一个月,去服务和帮助那些没有父母的孩子。

 
 
 

Virginia Marti-Veith女士和學校簡介

 

Virginia Marti-Veith
Virginia Marti-Veith has always been a visionary woman with a passion for quality fabrics and fashion. After studying Haute Couture design in Paris, with its emphasis on custom fitting and details, Mrs. Veith returned to Cleveland, eager to train qualified fashion design professionals. She envisioned a place for students to learn, grow and improve their own lives, as well as the communities they lived in. In 1966, she founded the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design.
One of Cleveland’s first female entrepreneurs, Mrs. Veith stayed focused on her passion throughout her life: providing students with personalized training in quality design, while raising her own close–knit family.
She knows from personal experience just what it takes to succeed as an artist entrepreneur. Success in any design field combines hard work, technical skill and personal attention, the basis of haute couture design and service.


Interest in the college flourished as students from all over the country began to inquire about its unique programming. Virginia Marti College of Art and Design now offers accredited degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Digital Media.
It started as the vision of a passionate young dreamer. Today, Virginia Marti College of Art and Design is a thriving college campus, collaborating with area businesses to enhance economic development and train the next generation of designers to combine quality design skills with their own unique visions.About the College
Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, in Lakewood, Ohio, is a career college committed to providing academic excellence for students who want to specialize in selected areas of the design industry


We provide accredited degrees in Digital Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Fashion Merchandising.
VMCAD’s Digital Media Program is designed for you to be able to do it all. Whether it’s creating and directing your own short film, music video, commercial, 3-D animation or website; we want to help make your dreams come true.
Graphic Design is one of the fastest growing creative industries today!
At VMCAD our students utilize industry standard software and the latest technology to produce projects that mirror real world projects.The hands-on curriculum helps students hone their design and time management skills so the client-driven focus of the graphics industry is not only understood, but incorporated into the students’ own creative process.
VMCAD's Interior Design program will train you to visualize and develop a complete understanding of three-dimensional space, as well as its form and function.
You will study a variety of residential and commercial projects that become more complex as you advance through the program.
You will learn how to solve problems of space, both visually and practically, while observing its safety, usability, comfort and aesthetics.
VMCAD's Fashion Design program is for serious-minded students interested in creating original styles from concept to completion.
You will learn Haute Couture sewing methods, along with fitting skills, pattern making and fashion illustration.
At the end of each quarter, you will construct an original garment, which is critiqued by a panel of fashion design professionals.
For your final project you will create an original five-piece collection, displayed by fit models & also evaluated by critics.
Fashion Merchandising integrates consumers, trade and commerce with the politics and economics of a region or country.
At VMCAD, Fashion Merchandising students keep an eye toward design while also learning to critically analyze situations, problem solve and innovate.
They learn the business skills and professional responsibility needed to succeed in the Fashion Merchandising industry!
We prepare students to be successful in their chosen professions by empowering them with business and design knowledge, along with hands-on experience.
Students are surrounded by caring instructors and staff committed to their success, as they balance their work, family and educational goals.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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