I believe that when the classroom experience of the student is stimulating the student carries their eagerness to learn outside the classroom.”
Do you currently work in the industry in addition to teaching? If so, what is the job and how do you apply that to teaching at FIDM?
“Yes, I am an Art Director in a Textile Design Studio. In directing the studio I work closely with the artists to achieve the best possible design and layout as well as color for our customers through the use of Adobe Photoshop on the computer. I bring a lot of that same information to the classroom in the teaching of how to use the Photoshop program specifically for textile design. In the classroom we apply those same skills to textile designs/layouts/repeats the students have created. We work to achieve the best possible outcome given the knowledge they have acquired thus far in the classes they have already taken.”
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
“I like film, music, art, yoga, walking, cooking and of course, eating. Not necessarily in that order. I might add I dream of traveling again real soon.”
Describe a favorite class project:
“Having the students reference images that they like via the internet (i.e. landscape/organic imagery, product design, [shoes, furniture, etc.], then giving them 15 minutes to create an all over pattern/design that has been inspired by that reference.) The time limit breaks open a barrier, and the students really get in touch with their creativity . It is a very successful project. Whenever a student gets stuck coming up with an idea, I suggest they revisit that project.”
Do you have a particular style or philosophy about teaching?
“I believe in creating an environment that is open, exciting and interactive in critiques. I believe that when the classroom experience of the student is stimulating the student carries their eagerness to learn outside the classroom.”
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