FabriCAD Consulting Records 1989-2001

Creators
Hardy, Alison Grudier; FabriCAD Consulting
Size
11 linear feet
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00333

The FabriCAD Collection documents the activities of FabriCAD Consulting, a company established by Alison Grudier Hardy in the 1990s to provide consulting services to companies in the fashion and textile industries interested in using Computer Aided Design (CAD). Materials in the collection include information on various CAD systems, articles about FabriCAD, CAD systems, the textile industry, company publications, and fabric samples of CAD printing. In January 2003 Hardy discontinued the company's operations.

Biographical/historical note

Alison Grudier Hardy established FabriCAD Consulting in the 1990s. FabriCAD provided consulting services to companies in the fashion and textile industries that were using or considering purchasing Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems. CAD systems let users in these industries create, recolor, and modify designs in a fraction of the time it took by hand, as well as print small batches of fabric on in-house printers.

FabriCAD Consulting researched, proposed, purchased, and implemented CAD systems worldwide. The company provided accurate, up-to-date information allowing potential CAD system purchasers to spend less time researching CAD systems. Services offered by FabriCAD Consulting included: 1)Pre-purchase advice: helping companies decide which CAD system to buy to meet their needs. 2)Workplace design: creating an environment designed to meet the special needs of CAD equipment and their operators. 3)Project Management 4)Contract Work: providing a nationwide referral service for CAD operators

FabriCAD Consulting was a member of the Computer Integrated Textile Design Association (CITDA). The company published a bi-monthly newsletter, FabriCAD Update, providing information on new CAD products and services, industry events, classifieds, and articles geared towards CAD system users. FabriCAD Consulting also maintained a website, FabriCAD On-Line, featuring an eStore, classifieds, a calendar of industry events, and information on the company's consulting services. Other activities of the company included holding a number of conferences called FabriCAD Forums on a variety of CAD-related topics, and publishing an annual CAD Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey.

In 2001 Hardy resigned as President of FabriCAD to become Textile Division Director at Improved Technologies of New Hampshire. The FabriCAD website remained up but publication of the newsletter temporarily halted. In January 2003 Hardy discontinued the website and began pursuing a new business providing window restoration services for old buildings.

Scope/content

This collection contains materials related to FabriCAD Consulting, a firm specializing in Computer Aided Design for the textile industry. Such materials include company newsletters, articles relating to FabriCAD or authored by its President, Alison Grudier Hardy, promotional materials for specific CAD systems, meeting and symposia programs and presentations, and fabric samples. Materials are in the form of written documents, videos, CD-ROMs, disks, slides, and photographs. In addition there are a number of articles on the textile industry in general though they do not deal directly with FabriCAD Consulting.

Physical description

23 archival boxes

Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series: Corporate Files, Articles, and Fabric Samples.

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], FabriCAD Consulting Records, MC 00333, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

The collection was the gift of Alison Grudier Hardy, President of FabriCAD Consulting. Hardy donated the collection to the Special Collections Research Center of the North Carolina State University Library in 2003. The collection was identified by Professor Nancy Powell, College of Textiles.

The collection is organized into three principal series:

Corporate Files (MC 333 Series 01)
Size: 6.25 linear feet

This series is divided into four subseries. The Videos are related to various design software companies or deal with trends in the fabric industry. They are arranged alphabetically. The Design Software Companies subseries contains brochures, slides, photographs, promotional materials, and software and fabric samples related to different Computer Assisted Design (CAD) programs. Folders are arranged alphabetically by company, with miscellaneous group folders at the end of the subseries. Original order within the folders has been maintained as closely as possible. The Meetings and Presentations subseries contains images, brochures, and catalogs from several international meetings and the scripts to presentations given at them. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically, and then chronologically. FabriCAD publications are newsletters and reports from FabriCAD and Alison Grudier Consulting (AGC). They are arranged alphabetically.

12.5 archival boxes

Videos
unspecified
Box 1
Design Software Companies
AGE Technologies
Legal box 2, Folder 1
Animated Images (1 of 2)
Legal box 2, Folder 2
Animated Images (2 of 2)
Legal box 2, Folder 3
Apso
Legal box 2, Folder 4
Assyst-Bullmer
Legal box 2, Folder 5
Arahne
Legal box 2, Folder 6
Athena Design Systems
Legal box 2, Folder 7
Atresso 3D
Legal box 2, Folder 8
AVA
Legal box 2, Folder 9
AVL Looms
Legal box 2, Folder 10
Barco
Legal box 2, Folder 11
CADTEX (1 of 2)
Box 3, Folder 1
CADTEX (2 of 2)
Box 3, Folder 2
Capital Automation
Box 3, Folder 3
CDI (1 of 2)
Box 3, Folder 4
CDI (2 of 2)
Box 3, Folder 5
CIS
Box 3, Folder 6
Cocherille Design Studio
Box 3, Folder 7
Colorado
Box 3, Folder 8
Colour Matters
Box 3, Folder 9
Dcube
Box 3, Folder 10
DGS
Box 3, Folder 11
Datacolor International
Box 3, Folder 12
The Design Library
Box 3, Folder 13
Designer Software
Box 4, Folder 1
DigiBits
Box 4, Folder 2
DILAN
Box 4, Folder 3
EAT
Box 4, Folder 4
Eden Software
Box 4, Folder 5
ENCAD
Box 4, Folder 6
EPICAD
Box 4, Folder 7
Fashion Ink
Box 4, Folder 8
Fashion Toolbox
Box 4, Folder 9
Foresight
Box 4, Folder 10
Gerber (1 of 2)
Box 4, Folder 11
Gerber (2 of 2)
Box 5, Folder 1
Graphic DTL
Box 5, Folder 2
Gretag MacBeth
Box 5, Folder 3
HanMac
Box 5, Folder 4
HI-TECHS
Box 5, Folder 5
Image Info
Box 5, Folder 6
Imagine That!
Box 5, Folder 7
Info Design (1 of 2)
Box 5, Folder 8
Info Design (2 of 2)
Box 5, Folder 9
Infomax/Snap
Box 6, Folder 1
IRIS
Box 6, Folder 2
KARAT
Box 6, Folder 3
Kopperman
Box 6, Folder 4
Lectra (1 of 3)
Box 6, Folder 5
Lectra (2 of 3)
Box 6, Folder 6
Lectra (3 of 3)
Box 7, Folder 1
Logikos
Box 7, Folder 2
Moda CAD
Box 7, Folder 3
MONA
Box 7, Folder 4
Monarch
Box 7, Folder 5
Nedragraphics (1 of 3)
Box 7, Folder 6
Nedragraphics (2 of 3)
Box 8, Folder 1
Nedragraphics (3 of 3)
Box 8, Folder 2
Pantone
Box 8, Folder 3
Scot Weave
Box 8, Folder 4
Shima
Box 8, Folder 5
Solias
Box 8, Folder 6
Sophis (1 of 3)
Box 8, Folder 7
Sophis(2 of 3)
Box 8, Folder 8
Sophis (3 of 3)
Box 9, Folder 1
Stork (1 of 2)
Box 9, Folder 2
Stork (2 of 2)
Box 9, Folder 3
Viable
Box 9, Folder 4
Wirth/Zimmer
Box 9, Folder 5
Miscellaneous CAD (1 of 3)
Legal box 10, Folder 1
Miscellaneous CAD(2 of 3)
Legal box 10, Folder 2
Miscellaneous CAD (3 of 3)
Legal box 10, Folder 3
Non-Design CAD
Legal box 10, Folder 4
Textile Printing
Legal box 10, Folder 5
Advertising Brochures
Box 11, Folder 1
Color Management
Box 11, Folder 2
Printers
Box 11, Folder 3
Service Bureaus
Box 11, Folder 4
Meetings and Presentations
CAD Expo Seminar 1996
Box 11, Folder 5
CITDA Newsletter
Box 11, Folder 6
CITDA ROI Presentation 1998
Box 11, Folder 7
CITDA Symposium on Printing 2000
Box 11, Folder 8
ITMA 1995
Box 11, Folder 9
ITMA 1999
Box 12, Folder 1
ITMA Catalog 1991
Box 12, Folder 2
ITMA Catalog 1994
Box 12, Folder 3
ITMA Catalog 1999
Box 12, Folder 4
Presentation Text and Transparencies
Box 12, Folder 5
FabriCAD Publications
AGC Report
Box 12, Folder 6
FabriCAD Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey
Box 12, Folder 7
FabriCAD Update Newsletter 1994-1997
Box 12, Folder 8
FabriCAD Update Newsletter 1998-2001
Box 13, Folder 1
Fashion Computing Resource Guide
Box 13, Folder 2
Articles (MC 333 Series 02)
Size: 0.75 linear feet

This series is broken down into four subseries: FabriCAD Forums, Authored by Alison Grudier, FabriCAD Mentioned, and General Fabric Industry. All materials are arranged chronologically within each subseries.

1.5 archival boxes

FabriCAD Forums
1997
Box 13, Folder 3
1998 - 1999
Box 13, Folder 4
Authored by Alison Grudier
1992 - 1995
Box 13, Folder 5
1996 - 1997
Box 13, Folder 6
1998
Box 13, Folder 7
2000 - n.d.
Box 13, Folder 8
FabriCAD Mentioned
1991 - 1993
Box 13, Folder 9
1994
Box 13, Folder 10
1995
Box 13, Folder 11
1996 - 1998
Box 13, Folder 12
1999 - n.d.
Box 13, Folder 13
General Fabric Industry
1989 - 1992
Box 14, Folder 1
1993
Box 14, Folder 2
1994
Box 14, Folder 3
1995
Box 14, Folder 4
1996
Box 14, Folder 5
1997
Box 14, Folder 6
1998
Box 14, Folder 7
1999
Box 14, Folder 8
2000 - 2001
Box 14, Folder 9
n.d.
Box 14, Folder 10
Fabric Samples (MC 333 Series 03)
Size: 4 linear feet

This series contains samples of fabric patterns on a variety of materials, including fabrics, computer printouts, photographs, CD-ROM and disk. Materials are arranged by pattern type, with miscellaneous patterns located at the end of the series.

9 archival boxes

Floral Pattern 1
Carton 15
Floral Pattern 2 (1 of 2)
Flat box 16
Floral Pattern 2 (2 of 2)
Flat box 17
Striped Pattern
Flat box 18
Various Patterns
Card box 19
Various Patterns
Card box 20
Various Patterns
Album 21
Star Pattern
Legal box 22, Folder 1
Ann Taylor
Legal box 22, Folder 2
Image 1
Legal box 22, Folder 3
Image 2
Legal box 22, Folder 4
Image 3
Legal box 22, Folder 5
Image 4
Legal box 22, Folder 6
Image 5
Legal box 22, Folder 7
Various Patterns
Legal box 22, Folder 8
Various Patterns
Legal box 22, Folder 9
Various Patterns
Legal box 22, Folder 10
Various Patterns
Legal box 22, Folder 11
Various Patterns
Legal box 22, Folder 12
Various Patterns
Oversize box 23

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], FabriCAD Consulting Records, MC 00333, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.