I am a junior fashion design major at Kent State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Art degree in May 2022. I am currently the Co-organizer of the Kent State Fashion collective that I Co-founded in 2020. The Collective is a student-led organization on campus working to raise awareness of fashion student needs, seek solutions, strengthen existing activities, and initiate new ones. The Collective’s goal is to enhance the fashion school experience and build student connections in a community forum. Due to the pandemic, I have worked diligently in the past year to develop an online culture that facilitates reconnection and support within the fashion community at Kent State. In collaboration with my peers I have facilitated and developed a Slack online chat room where fashion students and faculty share knowledge, created a portfolio series on the Collective’s Instagram account, and temporarily ran The School of Fashion’s Instagram page to raise awareness of student mental health challenges and the difficulties of a remote semester. I am currently working on a digital zine called WARE, that highlights the future of fashion as we navigate in the new digital realm of innovation that the pandemic has induced.
Furthermore, I am a diligent and detail oriented designer with a concentration in performance wear for athletes. Twelve years of experience as a competitive and decorated varsity athlete in soccer, and two years as an athletic equipment manager for a major university’s sports teams provide unique, practical perspective solving performance wear functional and longevity issues. Additionally, costume design internships for the Kent State Costume Shop, Theatre Macon (GA), and The Cumberland County Playhouse (TN) taught hands-on development of creative solutions to patterns and garments in a demanding and grueling theatre environment.