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A lecture series to TD/FA students by textile specialists from industry and production design studios for discussion of textiles and related careers. Topics have included: Textile/Fibers Education, Career History, Products, Marketing and Sales, Identity Development.


Jennifer Gelinas: GELINAS DESIGN STUDIO Westport, MA  Freelance Surface Designer

Julie Philibert: CHESAPEAKE WALLCOVERINGS Inc. Foxboro, MA  Director of Design

Paula Becker: Quaker Fabrics Fall River, MA.  Design Director, Jobbers, Jacquard  woven upholstery 

Stephan Gelina: Murdock Webbing Inc. Central Falls, RI Design Director Jacquard woven narrow fabrics for sports and gov’t contracts

Amy C. Lund: Open Studio and Gallery  Adamsville, RI  Fiber Artisan, Hand Weaver


Claudia Mills:  Claudia Mills Studio  -  handwoven bags and reproduction rugs

Artist owned and operated rug production line, high-end craft market venues

Heather Toupin:Heather Toupin Screenprint Greetings, ETSY sales. Artist owned custom designed special occasion card, invites, stationery production

Dawn Oliviera: Oliviera Textiles-Sustainable Interior Fabrics Founder, Creative director. Screen printed organic fabrics for the home.  Featured speaker: ‘Sustainability Symposium’ @ RISD  ’09,  ‘All Things Organic’ trade show ’06. Formerowner/designer DOT Studio, freelance textile design, NYC

Jill Thibault: BOSTON BALLET COSTUME SHOP  Boston, MA Dye and craft studio, costume production assistant

Maura Cronin: MOON TIDE DYERS   New Bedford, MA Owner/production designer wearable art clothing, hand dyed organic bamboo fabrics


Kathryn Tarleton: Co-owner - Con Text, LLC Textile Conservator of historic textiles, costume and fiber art for museums and private clients   

Pamela Fonger: VICTOR INNOCATIVE TEXTILES Master Designer at Victor Innovative Textiles, Fall River MA and Quebec CANADA, innovating new textiles for home and office, manufacturing Eco Intelligent®, a synthetic textile designed with Eco Intelligent Polyester® for sustainability concerns

Stephanie DosReis:  FREELANCE DESIGN Freelance illustrator, surface designer, mixed media artist, design for home-crafts sector

Annie Doran: FAIRLOOM Founder and Director of Fairloom, an NPO working to create learning community fostering sustainable education and economics through indigenous handmade lace making in Terra Prometida, Brazil

Maya Tavares: BRISTOL LOOMS , Bristol RI Open weave studio for functional home décor, personal accessories using new eco organic fibers


Lynne Francis Lunn: Peabody Essex Museum, Museum Store Director Use of museum piece precedent for design motifs in creating sales products

Liz Lawson DaSilva:  AMERICAN SILK MILLS  Master colorist for textile industry

Alexis Weglowski: BOSTON BALLET CRAFT SHOP  Craft, dye and construction assistant