As a child, Jeanette Puig-Pey loved designing her room with collaged trend boards of magazine images, textures, colors and materials. Today, she is a senior color and trim designer at Lear in Southfield, Michigan.
“I always knew I’d be involved in a creative field of some facet,” said Puig-Pey. “While at CCS, I thrived on the intensive all night studio sessions that were necessary to finish my class projects. That same intensity extends into my design work today.”
Puig-Pey is responsible for the textile design activity within Lear New Trend’s Fabric division. She works on the development and introduction of new designs, constructions, finishing techniques and color implementation of textiles for automotive seating. She collaborates closely with engineering and manufacturing experts to provide a collection of innovative and feasible products for the company’s global customers. In May 2010, she presented a summary of creative eco solutions at Ward’s Automotive Conference and frequently travels to Europe and Asia to present ideas to Lear’s clients.
Before landing a job at Lear, Puig-Pey worked in the automotive industry and spent three years as a director of design for Crypton, Inc, a performance textile company. She created a wide range of consumer products and had the opportunity to collaborate with Hilton Hotels, Michael Graves, Tommy Bahama, French Luggage, Woodard Furniture, CLEK + Paul Frank and Henry Ford Hospital among others.
Puig-Pey earned her MFA in fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art and currently teaches at CCS.
“Teaching allows me to give back to the community that taught me so much,” she said. “I share (with my students) the details of being able to fuse creativity with business acumen, resulting in a satisfying and successful career path.”