Hello & Bienvenidos

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Health and Human Sciences specializing in Apparel and Textiles at Kansas State University. I am fascinated by the relationships between people and fashion products. I wanted to be a fashion designer since I was 8 years old, and somewhere along the way, I learned that I don’t really care about having my ideas on the runway. What I care about is how clothing – whether wearing or making it – creates emotion in people – causing them to think, feel, and act. I’ve been enamored with this idea for as long as I remember, and now I’m lucky enough to be able to learn how to do the research myself in Manhattan, Kansas.

It was the first course I co-taught as a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island (Thank you, Dr. Bide) that really sealed the deal for me on academia. Once again, I found myself caring less about what I was creating and more about what those around me were producing. My dream is to see all of students names in lights and to see their work glide down the runway.

I still love fashion design – heck being a product developer pays for my research trips. But I love helping others learn to fall in love with fashion (in a really good sustainable way) even more.

Other takeaways:

(1) I am a learner. I love to learn, and love to help others learn.

(2) In my mind, the future cannot have apparel and textiles without the pursuit of sustainability.

(3) My research, luckily, is based in the Solola, Guatemala.

(4) I have a beautiful husband and a shaggy poodle-heeler named Wiley.

(5) I’m always open to a good chat. Feel free to email me about anything sociocultural, sustainable, Guatemalan, and fashion related.