Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Bengali women serve as inspiration for CFDA award winner Mohua Goswami

Admiration and inquiry of Bengali women are at the center of award-winning knitwear design major Mohua Goswami’s CFDA collection. Goswami’s work showcases the free-flowing and personalized styles of the Bengal region in eastern India, where her family roots are. They … Continue reading

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The semester’s first assignments

How do you teach remotely a curriculum grounded in creativity? Creatively. The high level of teaching and engagement in the School of Art and Design shows how quality instruction can take place under unusual circumstances. First assignments are often what … Continue reading

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Illustrator and Story-Teller Brian Michael Weaver to Teach This fall

In a world gone buggy…What do you get when you combine a tough-guy detective, a sultry butterfly, a hungry ladybug, a hard-nosed mosquito, a missing pencil box and a tail the size of Brooklyn?… You get incoming Illustration Professor Brian … Continue reading

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Opportunities in the Rebranding of America

There’s a wave of rebranding taking place across the country in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, and a realization that Black dollars matter as well. For many major brands, it has been a long time coming. “The names … Continue reading

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Seeing Stars with Emmanuel Agwam

“The stars and big smiles around Black figures in my portraits tell the viewer that this is a person who deserves to be present and that the person deserves to ‘shine.’” – Emmanuel Agwam, Illustration (‘22). The smiles, stars and … Continue reading

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Art for a Sheltered-in-Place World

At a time when at best it is just getting safe for most museums to admit live visitors, consider “The Gates,” the massive Christo-Jeanne-Claude installation in Central Park, in February 2005. There were 7,500 orange saffron arches along 27 miles … Continue reading

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The Image-Makers: Documenting Protests

By now, we’re no strangers to photos and videos of police escalating confrontations with demonstrators and the killing of individuals in custody. Such visceral imagery has been captured for decades: “What the camera had to do was expose the evils … Continue reading

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Jasmine Garoosi: compassion, art and social distancing

Since her college experience was dramatically altered by COVID-19, two things have been brought into greater focus for Photography major Jasmine Garoosi: her mother and her photography. To help her mother by day, means having to hone her craft by … Continue reading

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Prescient Design for What a Pandemic Evokes

“Washing hands and disinfecting groceries are vital right now,” says Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design student Alvina Alex, ’20. “Wiping doorknobs and surfaces has become an important task. But what happens when all the disinfecting products are missing from the … Continue reading

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Car Seats and Eveningwear: The World of Detroit’s Ashley Harris

After combining an FIT AAS degree in fashion design with a BS from Western Michigan University in fashion apparel design, a minor in general business, and her innate design sense, Ashley Harris is on her way … in Detroit. She’s … Continue reading

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