Deborah graduated from RISD in Textile Design and worked in New York City's apparel textile industry in fine women's apparel, to the West Coast to begin her own design studio working with representatives from Turkey, India and China. She returned to Rhode Island in the 90s to work with new European fabric printing technology in Cranston, a mill in Lyon France, textile consulting in Mexico and later in home furnishings. Her commercial design work in bed and bath as well as table top and dinnerware, is balanced with a more serious pursuit of painting and landscapes layered, both figuratively and literally, with images of her past or the history of the site itself. Currently she works as an artist and designer out of her studio in Warren, RI. Deborah is teaching TMD 346, CAD for Apparel
Rachel has her B.S. in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & Design and B.A. in French Language & Literature from URI, as well as her M.S. in Historic & Cultural Textiles in which she studied the vital role of sustainability topics within textile and apparel education. Sustainability remains her passion andRachel currently works as the Customer Service Specialist and Office Manager at Preserve, a company that designs and produces sustainable home products and innovative recycling systems. Her additional interests are printed textiles produced for the African market, West African apparel design, and secondhand clothing markets. She teaches TMD 313, the companion lab to the Textile Science lecture and TMD 103, Textile Products.
Meg is a graduate of RISD's Apparel Design Department, class of 1983. She started her career in NYC at Jack Winter, Co.
then moved on to Mast Industries and the Limited Corporation. Meg became Design Director at Cherry Tree, Inc. where she directed the design and production of their infant/childrenswear line. While there, she received an Earnie Award from Earnshawâ€™s magazine for excellence in childrenâ€™s outerwear and design. She is still producing a line of childrenâ€™s outerwear aptly called â€śNutmegâ€ť which is produced domestically.
Currently, Meg is an owner of Illuminite and the Vice President of Creative Design. The collection consists of reflective running
and cycling gear for men and women which is produced both domestically and abroad. She is teaching TMD 355 "Draping for Apparel"
Richard Malachowski holds a BS in Chemistry and a MBA from Providence College. He recently retired after working 35 years for Cranston Print Works Company as a Plant Chemist, Director of Research and Engineering and Technical Manager. He has been a member of the American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorists for 36 years and recently received the AATCC Chapn Award for outstanding service to the organization. He is a past member of the TMD Department's Advisory Board. Malachowski taught TMD 303 Textile ScienceÂ in the fall, and is teaching TMD 403 Textile Performance in the Spring.
Diane Martin has taught for twenty years in the Master Seamstress program offered through URI's cooperative extension service. She is teaching TMD 325, Apparel I. Currently she also performs contract work for Cranston Print Works, is the Program Chair for the Rhode Island Sewing Network, is President of the Association of Custom Clothiers.She runs her own business, "Sew that's how". She was formerly a patternmaker for Royal Robes (leisurewear and lingerie), Stevens Sportswear (childrenswear), and Philippa of Boston (Bridal). She has a degree from the School of Fashion Design, Boston