Just a nibble...

 

I am a Utah native living in New York City pursuing multiple sectors within design. I have a Bachelor's in Industrial Design and a Masters degree in Art and Design and Education from the Rhode Island School of Design.  

Throughout my undergraduate experience, I served as a research assistant to RISD’s former and current presidents, promoting the initiative of integrating the Arts within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education—STEAM. The research and events I planned and participated informed my decision to enroll in RISD's Masters of Art and Design Education Program and have since motivated me to pursue a career in product and experiential design. 

 

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After my first year at RISD—with the intent of concentrating on jewelry, within the Industrial Design major—I developed marketing and business skills by working closely with wholesale jewelry distributors at MUSE Industry in New York City. Later, I also helped promote new jewelry designs for multiple designers at the JCK Las Vegas. 

During my sophomore year I was fascinated by shoes and material manipulation. Later, a shoe design course allowed me to spend a few weeks abroad touring renowned galleries, design studios and factories across Italy inspiring the design behind a shoe I fabricated. The process of apparel and shoe design cultivated my curiosity for other manufacturing processes, ultimately leading to an internship with Resolute Racing Shells. At Resolute, I recorded the production process of the carbon fiber crew boats at a manufacturing plant in Bristol, RI. 

This manufacturing experience enabled me to better understand the need for designers and engineers to not just work with one another, but also to communicate and create with one another. Following this experience, I began to collaborate more closely with engineers. After my junior year of undergraduate studies, I worked with an engineering firm, Sperry Product and Innovation, in Bedford, MA. To continue this process of collaboration, I enrolled in a class at Brown University and concluded my senior year with a class at Massachusetts Institute of Technology , working closes with teams of engineers. Working in a multidisciplinary setting reinforced my affection for design and my drive to ultimately understand the user.

Prior to entering the Masters program at RISD, I participated in the Italia Innovation Program in Treviso, Italy as a design consultant intern. Here, I revisited my passion for events and user experiences. Working closely with BonnottoEditions, an experiential brand that is a sister to the textile manufacturer Bonnotto, I pitched multiple brand promotion strategies-—all experiences that included fabric manipulation. Processes once again became a key factor in creating these ideations.

Prior to starting my Masters I conducted research on a farm in Birkerød, Denmark by documenting different materials and farming techniques. While creating my thesis, I was granted an apprenticeship position at RISD's career services as a peer advisor, a position where I would review students' materials while sharing career resources to initiate job/internship searches. I saw it as an opportunity to understand how students choose to representing themselves. My Masters concluded with a written thesis that explored how the combination of play and materials facilitate learning within education systems. 

Although education is vital within design, I am pursuing a design career that focuses emphasis on strategic planning, design thinking and production design paired with my curiosity of understanding processes.