Kevin Kissell - Resume
Colorado State University, Department of Art, Fort Collins, CO.
Master of Fine Arts, specialization in Fibers.
Colorado State University, Department of Design and Merchandising, Fort Collins, CO.
Master of Arts, 2000
M.A. in Apparel Design
Colorado State University. Department of Art. Fort Collins, CO.
Bachelor of Arts, 1997
B.A. in Art History, minor in Apparel Design
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Teaching Undergraduate courses in the Fashion Design and Merchandising department.
Undergraduate academic advisor.
Student mentorship through career assessment and internship advising.
Exhibition committee member, 2 year term.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. 2007-present
Instructing ART 250, Introduction to Fibers. Students explore basic loom-weaving techniques,
wet-process surface design, including screen-printing, shibori, and basic dye methods, crochet,
knitting, and digital textile printing.
Graduate Instructor (Sabbatical Replacement)
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Fall Semester 2008
Teaching AM 366, Advertising and Promotions. Students study the theoretical background and
participate in activities used to influence the sale of merchandise and services, as well as the
promotion of trends and ideas. Students compile a promotional plan and a visual merchandising
Graduate Instructor (Sabbatical Replacement)
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Spring Semester 2007
Teaching AM 466, Retail Store Design and Planning. Developed and facilitated new curriculum
for core knowledge base in current retail-store design and merchandise planning. Explored top
retailers and stores, principles, and elements of design related to visual aesthetics and store
layout, led instruction on Lectra 3D-VM store planning/layout software.
Associate Store Manager, Visual Manager, Store Opening Specialist
Gap Inc. Nationwide. 1993-2008
Identified and trained key associates to develop merchandising and visual skill sets.
Expedited visual merchandising implementation as per corporate standards. Assisted districts in
store-opening procedures, training and development, visual display, windows, and store presentation
standards. Hired and facilitated new Gap associates in the “Gap re-launch” program nationwide.
Home Department Manager
Anthropologie, Denver, CO. 2003-2004
Observed and reacted to changing business strategies.
Training and development of assistant manager and manager in training.
Communicated business and store opportunities with buyers and distributors.
Merchandising and visual display in the home department.
Iowa State University, Ames, IA. 2000-2001
Facilitated TC 245, Aesthetics and Brand Image. Students learned topics regarding the aesthetics of apparel design and the promotional environment, as well as fashion forecasting and fashion illustration.
Swatch Room Assistant, Quality Control Color Analyst
Reactor + Manufacturing, Seattle, WA. 1997
Created fabric swatch books for buyers, kept inventory of the sample room, typed
specification sheets, learned CAD systems. Hand-rendered technical sketches.
Observed incoming color samples from over-seas manufacturers. Approved color consistency with designer’s original ideas. Tested color-fastness insuring color consistency and quality standards
under a range of light tests such as black light, florescent light, and simulated sunlight.
Primary areas of professional interest
Retail advertising and promotion
Clothing and culture
Introduction to the fashion industry
Fiber art and textile design
Aesthetics of apparel and the promotional environment
Store design, merchandising, and brand image
Weaving, utilizing ikat dyeing techniques
Aesthetics of art and design
History of textiles and costume
Philosophical inspirations for art and design
Integrating surface design with woven structures and with off-loom structures,
such as crochet and knitting
2010 Select woven panels (2). Wayne State University Faculty Exhibition. Detroit, MI.
2010 Woven Panel. Detroit Artists Market Exhibition. Detroit, MI.
2009 Select woven panels (3). Wayne State University Faculty Exhibition. Detroit, MI.
2008 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. Curfman Gallery, Colorado State University. Fort Collins, Colorado.
2008 Selected Crochet Doily Forms (7). Thread in the Glass Box, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
2008 “The Mender” Last Word. Colorado State University/University of Colorado, Boulder, exhibition of collaborative works.
2007 Select embroidered digital textile prints. Small Stitches Art Show. Greeley, Colorado.
2006 “Misty Tree”. Snap to Grid Digital Art Show. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Los Angeles, California.
2006 Select Silk prints. Material Witness at Colorado College. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
2010 "IL Tondo". International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition. Montreal, QC. Canada
2010 Select woven panels (2). Michigan Fine Arts Competition. Birmingham, MI.
2009 “Blossoms and Rainfall”. International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition. Seattle, WA.
2009 “Untogether”. Focus on Fiber II. Fiber Open. Studio Channel Islands Art Center. Camarillo, CA. Juror, Carol Sauvion.
2009 “Bubble Dress”. Textile Fusion. 2009 Surface Design Association Fashion Performance. Kansas City, MO.
2009 “Opera Coat”. Textile Fusion. 2009 Surface Design Association Fashion Performance. Kansas City, MO.
2009 Select woven panel (1). Fantastic Fibers: An International Juried Art Exhibition. Yeiser Art Center. Paducah, KY.
2009 Select crochet doilies (3). Fiber Arts Fiesta. Albuquerque, NM.
2009 Select woven panels (2). National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2009, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas. Juror, Jason Pollen.
2008 Select functional art pieces. Artwear Fashion Week. Fort Collins, Colorado.
2007 Metal and fringe neckpiece. Equilibrium: A Metals&Fiber Collaborative Exhibition. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
2006 Select functional art pieces. T’ART A juried exhibition of fiber and wearable art. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
2004 “Wyoming Sky”. Southwest Wyoming Art Show. Deselm Fine Art Gallery. Cheyenne, Wyoming. Award: First place in mixed-media category.
2003 “Iowa Barn”. Southwest Wyoming Art Show. Deselm Fine Art Gallery. Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Award: Honorable Mention.
Papers, Articles, and Publications
2010 Michigan Fine Arts Competition article. Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle, April 7th, pg. 6A.
2008 “Untogether”. Fiberarts Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009, pg 6.
Summerfeld, R., Kissell, K., Demiranda, M. (May/June 2000). Silk-screening across the curriculum:
Making connections among the disciplines through contextual learning and simple processes.
Tech Directions: Linking Education to Careers, 30-32.
“Japanese Aesthetics Wabi-Sabi as Design Inspiration for Contemporary Women’s Eveningwear.” 2000. Unpublished Masters Thesis.
“Wrapping Things: Textile Traditions of Japan. Historical Perspectives and Current Applications.” 2007. Unpublished manuscript and presentation.
“Amerindian Archetypes and the New York School: Textile References and Inspiration.” 2008. Unpublished manuscript and presentation.
“Found, and Wandering Lost.” 2008. Abstract of Master of Fine Arts Thesis.
Professional activities, workshops, and lectures
2009 Guest speaker at Michigan Surface Design Association. Topic: “Amerindian Archetypes and the New York School: Textile References and Inspiration.”
2008 Working closely with museum curator and a professional preparator to palletize and move more
than 12,000 fragile artifacts from the historic costume collection at Colorado State University.
2008 Visit and tour of Bensussan fashion house in Milan, Italy.
2007 Study Abroad. Textiles and Art History of Italy. One-month tour and fibers studio concentration.
2007 “My Mother and I.” Crochet demonstration for Fibers II class at Colorado State University.
2006 Surface Design Association, Colorado Chapter, lecture and studio visit at Colorado State University.
2006 Devore (Fiber burn-out) lecture for Fibers II class at Colorado State University.
2006 Colorado Art Education Association surface design workshop at Colorado State University.
2006 Colorado State University graduate-student-lecture series in collaboration with Material Witness
at Colorado College.
2005 Travel to many U.S. markets to facilitate implementation of new company training and development workshops for Gap Inc. new store design re-launch.
2005 Fifteen-week management-training summit for Gap Inc. including 'Myers Briggs' personality profile, emotional-intelligence survey, communication-style analysis, and extensive business-strategic planning
at San Francisco headquarters.
2001 Fiber and fabric-design teaching practicum with Professor Amie Adelman and Dr. Barbera Caldwell. Observation and teaching experience, curriculum development and implementation in the
Textile Art Department at Iowa State University.
2000 Teaching workshop with artist/teacher Tim Rollins. Des Moines Art Center.
2000 Select Thesis Collection. Women’s eveningwear collection shown at The Artful Kimono:
The ageless, timeless beauty of the traditional Japanese garment. In affiliation with Fashion Group International.
2000 Bohannon Summer Series couture millinery course with Prudence, couture milliner.
2009/10 Exhibition Committee
Undergraduate BFA committee member Fibers
Grants and Scholarships
2008 Interweave Press Scholarship $500.
2007 Interweave Press Scholarship $500.
2006/7 Recipient of the Gap Inc. Tuition Waiver Program $8,000.
2001 Private industry grand for thesis fashion show $1500.
2000 Iowa State University fellowship $2500.
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro, Lectra Systemes (U4ia, U4ia Sketch,
Diomino, Modaris, 3D-VM), Snap Fashun, Point Carre’, Microsoft and Mac literate.
Surface Design Association
International Textile and Apparel Association
Costume Society of America
Handweaver’s Guild of America