I am a teaching artist with a background in textile design and weaving. My goal is to gently guide children in the creative process as they explore new materials, carefully observe, problem solve, discover and make their own connections.
I hold a BFA in Textiles from Rhode Island School of Design. I worked as a Jacquard and Dobby designer at a mill in South Carolina before spending 6 years teaching the textile and apparel industry how to use proprietary textile CAD software as a design tool. During this time, I taught a wide range of designers: from apparel designers who needed weaving basics, to college professors, to assisting mills in problem-solving real world design and manufacturing issues.
For the past 10 years I have been exploring art with children in diverse public elementary schools in NYC and more recently in Vermont. I have collaborated with teachers to develop lesson plans that integrate art into the classroom curriculum. In NYC, I was involved with long-term art residencies from the Guggenheim Learning Through Art program as well as the Noguchi Museum. Most recently in Vermont, I have created and taught after school and summer programs in weaving and pattern design that aligned with common core standards.
In addition to my classroom experience, I have had extensive training from the Guggenheim in leading school museum tours. I enjoy leading inquiry-based art discussions both in the classroom and museum setting to foster careful observation and critical thinking.
In the fall of 2014, I was chosen to participate in Arts Connect, a graduate level professional development course for teaching artists offered through Saint Michael's College and sponsored by Vermont Arts Council, VSA Vermont, BCA, IAA, and Flynn Center. Through the program, I collaborated with a few classroom teachers at Robinson Elementary School to create and teach lesson plans that incorporated UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles. Thanks to the course, I developed an interactive weaving lesson plan that makes weaving accessible to all types of learners.
I can develop curriculum for all aspects of textile design using a wide range of media including elements of exploration in: weaving, pattern, surface and print design, color, scale, texture, and material.
Some ideas of curriculum that textiles work well with are:
math: scale, pattern, multiplication, measurement, shape
nature studies: patterns in nature, nature's weavers
environment: materials, resources, recycling
multiculturalism/community: habitat, traditional cultures, connections
communication: mood, emotion, storytelling
I enjoy brainstorming and collaborating with teachers to integrate art into the class curriculum. Please contact me if you would like to discuss incorporating any aspect of textile design into your classroom. Thank you for your interest!