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I returned home with a notebook full of ideas and the inspiration to start a new project.

Country of origin: Canada

In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive, 2013

What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
As the author of two books on craft and culture, I wanted to learn how to expand my design research skills so that I could feel comfortable writing about other topics, including communication and product design. The residency interested me because I wanted to meet and learn from people who were experts in design writing and criticism. With my professional background as print designer and my educational background in art history and creative writing, I thought that the DCrit program would be a place where all of my interests could work together.

What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
From the intensive project work to getting to see behind the scenes of New York's design firms and institutions, it was the enthusiasm and intelligence of my instructors and classmates that made the experience incredibly rewarding. I returned home inspired, with a notebook of ideas of new things that I want to write and a couple of projects that I want to try.

How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional design writer?
Since returning from New York, I've published one of the articles that I wrote during the residency in Desktop, an Australian design magazine and I'm actively seeking a home for an interview that I conducted with another designer. It is a great feeling to have two pieces of writing that are publication-ready. I also have a network of fellow design writers around the world that I can send an email to any time. I plan to write a number of new articles and profiles over the next year, and Dcrit gave me the confidence to know that I'm headed in the right direction with my writing.

What's going on in your studio now?
I'm working on a new manuscript for a book on the relationship between storytelling and textiles. The book will consist of 20 interviews and eight patterns, including one of my own design. It will be called Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles and it will be released in Fall 2014 by Arsenal Pulp Press. I also have an essay forthcoming this spring in the anthology Craftivism, edited by Betsy Greer.

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