• TEXTILE DESIGN

    As a textile design consultant, I bring over 15 years of weaving and textile

    knowledge to projects across the globe.

    MEKEKA DESIGNS

    Mekeka Designs is a textile studio and design consultancy focused on handmade textiles from Uganda.

    WOVEN DESIGN

    Through design consultation, ideation, and prototyping, I develop innovative weaving collections using a variety of materials and techniques.

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    NATURAL DYES

    My interest in natural dyes includes product design and training workshops using locally sourced plant materials. I have recently taught in Armenia and Ghana.

    OFF LOOM + SURFACE

    My teaching and practice background includes:

    -Basketry - Crochet

    -Machine sewing - Embroidery

    -Screen printing - Felting

    and others.

     

     

  • PROJECTS

  • EDUCATION and OUTREACH

    Design Training, My Armenia Project

    DESIGN AND TEXTILE TRAININGS

    I develop/advise training programs, country/technique specific design curriculum, and work collaboratively with artisans on product development.

    Interactive Loom Workshop, Nasher Sculpture Center

    WORKSHOPS

    I specialize in community outreach through the development of workshops and interactive arts and education based interactions.

    Gallery Talk, Wearable Raffia, Dallas Museum of Art

    PUBLIC LECTURES

    I bring design, global textile traditions, and contemporary approaches to creating into public lectures and presentations.

  • ON THE LOOM

    As an experimental weaver and handwoven loom specialist, I explore traditional and non-traditional materials for new product design collections.

     

    As an interdisciplinary artist and community engagement specialist, I collaborate with weavers and community members to

    manipulate and build looms for functional, sculptural, and innovative applications.

  • ABOUT

    I am an interdisciplinary textile artist and project developer who partners with local and international organizations to develop impactful engagement through interactive programs. I have developed numerous educationally-based trainings and outreach events with the goal of encouraging others to find new perspectives and value on a range of cultural and social topics. These have taken place in countries as diverse at Ghana, Kuwait, Scotland, Uganda, and Armenia

     

    My national and international project based work includes the development of community engagement events, curatorial projects, professional trainings, product design, exhibition design, and hands-on workshops. As a former Principal Lecturer of Fibers at the University of North Texas, I worked over a decade developing curricula and teaching textile based courses while leading innovative initiatives including the development of the UNT Natural Dye Garden and partnerships

    with local museums and arts organizations.

     

    I have shown my artwork nationally and internationally in addition to lecturing at numerous international events and conferences including the Qurain Cultural Festival in Kuwait, European League of the Institute of the Arts, Textile Society of America Symposia, and Creative Dundee. I currently serve on the Board of the

    Textile Society of America.