Color & Materials Design
Melanie McClintock Assistant Professor, Interim Chair, Color & Materials Design
Melanie is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist and educator. Before joining the College of Creative Studies, she spent two decades working in the fashion industry and academia in New York, San Francisco, Qatar, and Indonesia. During this time, she piloted her signature collection and brick-and-mortar shop in Brooklyn, NY; taught fashion design at VCUQatar in Doha, Qatar; and spearheaded a two-year, cross-cultural vocational program in Java, Indonesia, to promote innovation in textiles and ceramics. Her recent exhibition, Color Lab, focused on the materiality of color to create interactive landscapes through point-of-origin pigments. She is a partner in the international collective, PiCoDe, that is researching best practices in preparing students for the industry through place-based product design. Melanie’s research interests include objects and experiences with a Sense of Place, the Materiality of Color, the Found Object as Art (Seeing), Interactive Environments, Creative Archiving, Making as Research, Re-imagining Waste Materials, Design Systems and Processes, Modularity in Footwear, Adaptive Design for Climate Change, and Trend Futures.