Technical designer and patternmaker Joy Somerville’s clients include Frame Denim, Good American, Re-Done, and Spirithoods.
Favorite class project:
I love and hate (not really hate) the final project for MPDV 4700 Prototype Development Analysis. I'm overwhelmed at the beginning of the quarter by the huge task at hand to guide the students to design a cohesive collection from concept to actual sewn prototypes within 10 weeks, but love the final outcome. The students are challenged and by using all the skills they have learned at FIDM, from researching trends, to making the patterns for their prototypes, to styling their designs for a photo shoot, the outcome is amazing to see and I'm so very proud of them!
Do you have a particular style or philosophy about teaching?
In regards to teaching pattern making, to become proficient, nothing works better than repetition. I think a student can best demonstrate they understand what they have learned when they can teach someone else the steps.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at FIDM?
Watching the students mature and transform from student to young professional, prepared for the industry.
Joy Somerville is an Outstanding Faculty Award Winner, an award given by the student body to outstanding faculty members.
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