Melanie McClintock

Chair, Color & Materials Design
MFA, Color and Materials Design, College for Creative Studies BFA, Fashion Design, Virginia Commonwealth University

mmcclintock@collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Melanie McClintock

Chair, Color & Materials Design
MFA, Color and Materials Design, College for Creative Studies BFA, Fashion Design, Virginia Commonwealth University

mmcclintock@collegeforcreativestudies.edu

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“Designing with a sense of place, with particular interest in color and materials that are regarded as fringe, waste or by-product.”

Professional Experience

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.

Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions

  • 2021 Ruderal Material Project, Design Research, Cumulus 2022 Proposal, College for Creative Studies
  • 2021 PiCoDe: Project, Product, Promotion: International Collective for Design, Program Partner (with Aston, J., Kinam, B., Miaskowska, M., and Varzim, M.) Workshop 01, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland (4-15 Oct)
  • 2021 Curriculum Spotlight on Sustainability, Faculty Guest Speaker, College for Creative Studies (13 Sept )
  • 2020 Color Lab, Curator and Exhibiting Artist, VCUarts Gallery, Doha, Qatar (11 Mar-11 Apr)
  • 2019 Half/Finished: Embracing Failure as a Means of Innovation Through Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Workshop, Instructor, Escuela Superio de Diseno de la Rioja (ESDIR), Logrono, Spain (25-29 March)
  • 2019 Worn: 100 Days of Shoe Deconstruction, Exhibiting Artist, Valade Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2017 Color and Materials Design, Exhibiting Designer, Lear Innovation Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2017 Transportation Design, Exhibiting Color & Materials Designer, Valade Gallery, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2016 Issue Is Me:  Vendy Methodos and Ismu Ismoyo, Curator, VCUQatar Gallery, Doha, Qatar
  • 2015 Commercializing Creativity in Fashion Design, Guest Speaker, Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, Doha, Qatar
  • 2014 Lucu Lucu, Exhibiting Artist, Via Via Gallery, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
  • 2013 Indoartamiks:  Innovation in Traditional Indonesian Craft, Guest Speaker, Tasmeem Design Conference, Doha, Qatar

Portfolio:  https://issuu.com/melaniemcclintock/docs/portfolio_mmcclintock