DESIGNER

Past Resident

Joyce Watkins King

Artists Statement:  Joyce Watkins King

A child of the South and ancestor of Eli Whitney, I grew up in a small North Carolina town with a Mom who sewed my clothes as did her mother and grandmother before her. Learning to sew while I was in middle school was my introduction to soft sculpture, though I did not recognize it as such until I was in design school.

As a lifelong artist and designer, I have worked in many media, but the call of textiles always prevails. Textiles are part of my family history. They are a universal language that cuts across cultures worldwide, providing beauty, utility, identity, and symbols for special occasions: births, initiations, proms, ordinations, weddings, death. For me, fabric is also a metaphor for how many separate strands (fragile threads) can come together to make something strong and lasting--relationships, community, connections.

I strive to re-use thread, fabric, and findings in my work whenever possible, in opposition to the escalating trend of cheap fast fashion creation and consumption, with little regard for its consequences for growers, laborers, and our environment. 

Past Resident

Amy Godsey

Amy Godsey is a classically trained pianist and clothing designer from Texas.  After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design at the University of North Texas and living in Italy, she proceeded to New York and worked for various fashion companies creating womenswear apparel.  Throughout all this time she remained dedicated to music by participating in bands, working on personal musical projects, and teaching piano.  Currently, she is focused primarily on exploring music.

Past Resident

Kristina Kassem

Kristina is a visual designer and artist. She currently works in branding and identity within the hospitality realm. She's worked with a range of brands and non-profits including The Plaza Hotel, The Global Oneness Project, The William Vale, and Chelsea Piers. As an artist assistant she has worked with Candy Chang to help Candy establish the Before I Die project which has been installed in over 70 countries including Iraq, China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.

Past Resident

Earl Carlson

Earl is an artist and designer. His work explores what makes us human and what we have control over. Earl's primary field of work is getting himself and others into a flow state where they can start to explore those questions in an in depth manner with one another. In his design career he works in large complex systems, currently he is at Facebook on the news team working on the news integrity initiative.