2002 BA Design, UC Davis2005 MFA Textile Arts and Costume Design
Since completing my MFA in Textile Arts and Costume Design from UCD in 2005, I have been teaching design and photography courses at several colleges in the area. This includes UCD Summer Design Academy, the Art Institute of Sacramento, American River College, Sacramento City College, San Joaquin Delta College, and Yuba Community College. I have continued to make art, and show my work whenever possible.
Design interests: 3D fabric design, textile sculpture, weaving, landscape design, digital art and photography.
B.A. Design, University of California, Davis (2009)
After receiving her Bachelor’s in Design, Tieni worked in Los Angeles and the Bay Area designing trade show exhibits, along with residential interior and consumer products. She also worked in other roles such as editor-in-chief for monthly publications and as event coordinator for a high-tech association events, which hosts over 1,000 attendees held in the Silicon Valley. Her research focuses on generalizing design guidelines for shelf display lighting by targeting high color and energy efficiency. One of her most recent projects included the development of a lighting kit to assist college professors with their instructions.
B.E. Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, India (2015)
Nikitaa Sivaakumar recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from NIT Tiruchirappalli, India. As part of her undergraduate internship, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Structural design, TU Braunschweig, Germany where she was involved in the structural design and optimisation of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete structural members using Rhinoceros 3D.
B.S. Fashion Design, University of Cincinnati (2009)
Megan fell in love with the art of machine knitting while earning her undergraduate degree. Since receiving her B.S., Megan has worked in the luxury and contemporary womenswear market as a hand knitter and sweater designer. Her passion for surfing, skiing and rock climbing has led her current research to the intersection of functional apparel and knitwear design.
B.A. Illustration, Northern Illinois University (2002)
Victoria worked as a freelance Designer/Illustrator and Interpretive Educator with various non-profit organizations, including East Bay Regional Park District and the National Park Service, designing interpretive materials and exhibits. She recently completed work on the Jr. Ranger program for Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Her current research is focused on exploring the connections between science and design, utilizing data visualization through interactive exhibits.
Elizabeth Kaino Hopper designs with textiles to address the world’s view of disabilities. She pioneered the application of Universal and Inclusive Design Theories to runway fashions that unify function with form. She blends able and disabled models into her runway shows thus challenging fashion’s view of female beauty. Kaino works solo in her Carmichael studio on new designs and custom orders, continuing to show her work and write for publications internationally.
B.E. Engineering, Industrial Design, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (2013)Smart HardwareWearable Technology and Visual Communication Design
Siqi Li just found a new job in Palo Alto. She’s going to work for the Android creator, Andy Rubin, and his team in the Playground Global Studio, with many other amazing designers and engineers. With a title of UI/Visual Conceptual Designer, she’ll work for a wide range of smart hardware projects.
World textiles, surface design, pattern, fair trade
Design alumna Charlotte Semmes is working toward her teaching credential to teach Art and Design at the high school level. At the moment she is completing her student teaching at George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences, a Waldorf-themed charter high school with an environmental and social justice pathway. Charlotte adds, “When I’m not at the high school or Sac State (which is 80% of my time) I’m at my sewing machine working on projects.”
Design alumna Carol Shu works for The North Face’s sustainability team and is also a part-time student at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. At The North Face she supports the sustainability director and manager on projects such as implementing responsible down sourcing and tracking the company’s progress toward their product sustainability goals. At Presidio Graduate School she is pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Management; fellow Design alumna Christina Johnson (2010) is a classmate!
B.A. Graphic Design, Tehran Azad University, Iran (2003)M.A. Graphic Design, Tehran Azad University, Iran (2006)M.Arch. Architecture, Tehran Azad University, Iran (2009)
Mahan’s thesis topic for his MFA in Design at UC Davis concerns how to exhibit architecture in a meaningful and effective way using augmented reality technology. He is also the Architectural manager in solar decathlon.
B.A. American Studies, Occidental College, 2011Exhibition Design
Emma Thorne-Christy received her MFA in Design with an emphasis in exhibition design. Her graduate research focused on the development and design process of exhibiting controversial material in the museum, and museums as advocates for civil and human rights.
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