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Melanie McClintock is a designer, educator and multi-media artist interested in materials that are considered waste, by-product, and fringe.

After graduating with a BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, she worked for a decade within the fashion industry in San Francisco and New York before opened her own boutique, Ai Ai Gasa, in Brooklyn, NY. Ai Ai Gasa featured her signature collection of clothing and accessories made from recycled umbrellas as well as the collections of fellow local designers. Upon closing the shop, she accepted an artist residency-turned-teaching position in the fashion design department at VCUQatar in Doha, Qatar, where she taught sustainable design, patternmaking, construction, and fashion promotion.

Through her position at VCUQatar, she spearheaded and then directed a two-year, cross-cultural social art program, Indoartamiks, in Java, Indonesia, where she collaborated with vocational high school students and local graffiti artists to increase creativity and innovation in textiles and ceramics. 

A growing interest in footwear led her from Indonesia to Italy, where she took courses at Domus Academy and Polimoda; and finally onto Detroit, where she completed her MFA in Color and Material Design at the College for Creative Studies while taking and teaching courses in footwear design. 

She currently resides in Detroit, where she teaches at CCS in the graduate program (CMD), Continuing Education (Sneaker Design), and Community Arts Partnerships (CAP); consults within the art and design community; and makes custom clothing and accessories.


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