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Kristin Caskey








I am a designer and educator living and working in Richmond, VA. My goal is to assist students, faculty and staff at VCU in realizing the potential of design to create a more liveable city and world. My own work strives to be pragmatic, applied, wearable and enriching while utilizing resources wisely.




Community Engaged Design

Adaptive Apparel Design

Print Design

Product Development

Work experience 



Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Tenured, Richmond, VA. 2014-present

Interim Assistant Chair, Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 2011-present


Associate Professor, Tenured, Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond,VA. 2002-2011


Assistant Professor, Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond,VA. 1997-2002


Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Tenure eligible, McPherson College, McPherson College, McPherson, KS. 1996-97      


Assistant Professor, Fixed Term Appointment, Department of Art, St Cloud State University , St Cloud, MN. 1994-1995




Professional consulting and design clients


Kloth Studio, Senior design director.

International company designing custom uniforms and accessories for hospitality industry clients. Responsibilities include design and technical design, fitting, running client meetings with high-profile projects. Kloth Studio is in Toronto, Canada and has manufacturing facilities in Dhaka Bangladesh.



Clients include:

Jose Andreas & Think Food Group, restaurants; Zatinya and Jaleo, (DC, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Bahamas), Mercado project (Hudson Yards) Bazaar and Bar Mar (Chicago)

Freehand Hospitality, Queens Marquee project, restaurants- Drift, Bar Sofia, Cade Lunette, BKS, Halifax, NS (Canada)

Atlantis Resort Dubai

Atlantis Resort Bahama, the Cove and the Reef

Auberge resorts, Solage (California), Mauna Lani, (Hawaii) Primland Lodge (Virginia)

SLS Dubai  

Rosewood Hotels, Kona Village, (Hawaii)

Point a Hotels, London, Edinburgh

Conrad, downtown Los Angeles

Conrad, SOHO NYC

Atlas group, Baltimore, MD, Perennial, Monarque, Bygones,

W Hotel Nashville

Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles


Tiny Tech LLC, Design, prototyping and technical packages for grant funded product start-up in the school of Engineering at VCU. Richmond, VA, 2016


Head Designer, Rockin’ Baby Sling. Create new textile designs, line sheets and technical specifications for internationally sold baby sling line, assist in production, purchasing, sourcing and organization of company, Richmond, VA 2010-14

Ask for Comfort, LLC, Partner. Co-Coordinator for projects and technical needs of line of pediatric garments created at VCU arts Fashion. Received course leave to create all technical packages and oversee production of line. Garments were gifted to pediatric cancer patients at MCV’s ASK Clinic. Richmond, VA 2009-13


Consultant, Heartfelt LLC, NYC, NY. Create printed, textile designs from artists’ source materials, as well as consultation on-line development and technical issues for start up young designer label. 2009-2010


Designer, Lupilu. 

Children’s one of a kind garments, house ware, commissioned garments and interior objects for private clients. 2002-present


Consultant, Designed concept for launch of ZPR.BAG, Richmond, VA, 2006


Education Director, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS. 1995-1996


Project Co-coordinator, Keepers of the Waters in China, Chengdu, China. 1995


Consulting Designer, Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia, PA. 1992-1993


Associate Designer, Urban Outfitters, designed women’s clothing lines Ecote, Anthropologie, Free People and Cooperative Clothing Co, Philadelphia, PA. 1989-1992


Designer, Perry Ellis America, designed women’s knit, sweater and woven sportswear collection, New York, NY. 1988-1989


Designer, Arlequin Inc., worked with consulting designer Martine Sitbon, Paris and New York to design womens’ designer line. 1986-1988


Extensive international experience in fashion design, sourcing, and production. I have worked at length in New Delhi India, Hong Kong PRC, Oporto Portugal, and Paris France.  I have also conducted fashion business in Taipei Taiwan and Istanbul Turkey.




Planning and Program Coordination

Grant Seeking 


Collaborative Leadership





Generation Digital

Fashion Illustration

Technical Design

Garment Construction


2010 - present

2010 - present

Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA Print/Media, with Distinction                              1992-1994


Parsons School of Design, BFA Fashion Design, With Honors                              1984-1987
Student Designer of the Year 1987


Cornell College, BSS, Fine Art, with Honors                                                            1980-1984

Grants and Awards




VCU Quest Innovation Funds, MoB Studio, PI, $40,000.


VCU Community Engaged Scholarship Funds, $2,770.



VCU arts Deans Research Grant, MoB Studio, $7,000.


VCU arts funding for Mob+Storefront, $35,000.


American Batik Design Competition, finalist (one of 5) $2,000. 



VCU Community Engagement Grant, MoB+Storefront. $14,000.


VCU arts Dean’s Exploratory Faculty Research Grant, Personal Uniforms. $3,000.



VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Class of 2011, tuition paid by VCU arts Dean’s Office



ATEX Inc Award for Excellence in Marketable Textile Design, ITAA International Design Competition, Montreal, CA. $300.00


Queen Sirikit Peacock Standard for Thai Silk Competition. First place winner for the ensemble “Cultural Traveler, $1,500.



Cotton Inc. Grant of $28,000. for Streetcycle Project. Co-authors, Linda Lee and Rose Regni.           


VCU School of The Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, $1,000.


Undergraduate Student Research Grant, funding for mentoring two student research groups. $2,000.



Qatar Fund Grant, VCU Qatar Deans Office, For faculty training on Lectra software programs. $25,000.


Qatar Fund Grant, VCU Arts Deans Office, For additional software and hardware for Lectra lab. Approximately $15,000.


HETAF Funded, Large Format Digital Printing Package. $52,000.

Research and Professional Development

Special Projects



Garment Design for Conjoined Twins. Designing patterns and garments for newborn             conjoined twins. Supporting garments were produced throughout an eight month period. CLIENT, Jones Twins and VCU Health Systems Center for Craniofacial Care.



Adaptive Garment Design for Conjoined Twins. Designed multiple patterns to create garments for 18 month old conjoined twins at MCVH. Organized special service workshop for students to take part in garment creation and specialized construction. CLIENT, the Sanali Twins and VCU Health Systems Center for Craniofacial Care.



Solo Exhibitions


2008       Jumpsuit, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, Va


2003       Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand rapids, MI


2002       Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD,  National


2001       On Site/Artists’ Projects, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA


                University Gallery, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA



1999       Fall Solos, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA


1997       Solo Exhibition, Friendship Hall at McPherson College, McPherson, KS


1995       Washing Silk Performance, JinJiang River, Chengdu, China. Performance during an                           international art and science initiative. Invitational. International.



Selected Curated and Juried Exhibitions


2013                ITAA International Design Exhibition, New Orleans, LA

                         Printemps, Mamma And Printemps, Lulu accepted for exhibiton. International, juried


2012                Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah Kentucky


2011                Adornment, Auction to Support Child Fund International, invited to contribute work.


2010                Queen Sirikit Institute of Sericulture, Peacock Standard of Thai Silk Competition.                                                       International, juried, runway exhibition. Bangkok, Thailand.


                         ITAA International Design Exhibition, Montreal, Canada. International, Juried.


2009                LAPS National 20, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Internatonal, juried.                


                         Queen Sirikit Institute of Sericulture, Peacock Standard of Silk Design Competition.                                                 International finalist, one of 8 selected to exhibit garments for Queen Sirikit of                                                           Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand,  International, juried.


                         Bellevue Museum of Art,  ITAA International Design Competition. Work exhibited in                                                 runway exhibitions and catalog, Bellevue, Washington. international, juried. 


                         Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Convergence, Surface Design Association                                                                 International Design Competition. Kansas City, MO. International, juried


2008                Cage de Oiseaux de cabalus, Meppel, Holland, Invited.


2007                Cage de Oiseaux de cabalus, Cabalus Arts Centre, Vezelay, France, Invited.


                         Fiber at Cornell, Five artist exhibition. Luce gallery, Cornell College, Mt Vernon, IA


2006                Who Cares, Agder Kunstnercentre, Kristiansand, Norway. International, Juried.


                         Time for Design, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA. Curator and artist.


                         Hot Diggities, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA, curated.


                         Dreamers, Art 6, Richmond, VA. Juried 5 person exhibition


2005                 ITAA International Live Gallery, International Textile and Apparel Association,                                                           Alexandria, VA, International, Peer juried


                          Watts Up?, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA, curated


2002                 Fathoming, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC.

                          Curated by David Brown. National 


                         Another Kind of Truth, Pearl Conrad Gallery, University of Southern Ohio. Two                                                         person show, juried.


                        Third Practice 2002, Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. Three video works screened                                                     prior to concerts. National audience, Invited, Nov 2002. Modlin Center, University                                                     of Richmond, VA


2001               Paul Larsen Gallery, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, two person exhibition.                                                     National


                        Futur Skulpture, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, Glenn Harper, Sculpture                                                  Magazine


2000               Memento Mori, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, Juried by Meg Linton, CAF                                                       Santa Barbara.  National


                       Dress Up, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, curated by Sally Bowring


                       Artist as Critic, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, curated by Gary Stephens, NYC


                        Fashion Recycled, Curated exhibition at the Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA


1999               First Southeastern National, Juried show at the A-1 Lab/ Art Space, Knoxville TN. 


                        Faculty Focus, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA, Juried


                        Drool, Installation at Artspace Gallery, Three person Juried show, Richmond, VA


1998               Over Time, Curated group show at Astra Gallery, collaborated with John Malinoski,                                                   Richmond, VA


1997                Alumni Show, Curated three person show at the Network gallery of Cranbrook                                                          Academy of Art, Pontiac, MI. National


                         True Crimes, Invited to contribute work to the Critical Art Ensemble’s installation for                                                  the international exhibition, Do It, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield                                                    Hills, MI. National



Lectures, Residencies, and Papers


2013    Presenter        MoB Studio, Community Engaged Design, International Conference on                                                                    Design Principles and Practices. Chiba University, Chiba, Japan,                                                                              International, Peer Juried.


             Presenter        MoB Studio, the Role of Fashion in interdisciplinary Collaboration.

                                     International Textiles and Apparel Conference, New Orleans. International,                                                               peer juried.


             Presenter        Garment Design for Conjoined Twins. International Textiles and Apparel                                                                   Conference, New Orleans, LA. International, peer juried.



2007    Presenter        The Patterned Object, International Conference on Design Principles and                                                                  Practices. London, UK, International, Peer Juried.


2006    Artist Lecture   HIA University of Norway, Kristiansand, Norway


2004    Artist Lecture   VCUarts Student Awards Ceremony


2001    Visiting artist    Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

                                     Visiting artist in Print/Media Dept. Academy wide lecture.


2000    Guest Critic      Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL, Guest critique in fashion.


1997    Presenter        Keepers of the Waters. College Art Association Conference, NYC NY


1997    Visiting Artist   Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, KS. Presented lectures to the fibers                                                                and sculpture departments and did work evaluations in sculpture.




2012    Separation Anxiety, Featured in full-length documentary film. Interview and vignette of design for conjoined Sanali twins. Aired nationally on an ongoing basis by Discovery Health Channel, Figure 8 films, NYC, NY





Lucky Magazine, May 2010, Textile print designs featured in editorial on Heartfelt, LLC. International


Domino Magazine, August 2008, Lupilu coat and skirt featured in editorial on Katie Ukrop and Quirk Gallery. International


Richmond Times Dispatch, September 25, 2008. Comfortable Clothes for Kids with Cancer. Penelope Carrington staff writer.


Richmond Times Dispatch, September 25, 2008. Quirk’s Jumpsuit: An Installation. Jo Lord


Domino Magazine, December 2007, Lupilu ornament featured in holiday publication. International.


NPK 1 and 2 Broadcast September 17, 2006. National Public Radio Norway. 15 minute broadcast interview with three artists from Who Cares. Four million listeners.


Dag Bladet, Who Cares?, Full page article with photo of work and quotes. September 20, 2006, Agder Region Norway. The newspaper of Norway’s southern region., on-line design review, worldwide, fall 05


Sculpture, Fathoming, Review of Fathoming exhibition, article by Amre Klimchak. January/February 2003.


Art Papers, Fathoming, article by Ann Millett. November/December 2002.


Winston-Salem Journal, Lessons in Fathoming; critical review of exhibition at SECCA. June 24, 2002.


Baltimore Citypaper Online, Mike Giuliano, In Stitches - Artists Explore Fine-Art Themes With Craft Materials; June 26-July 2, 2002.


Washington Post, No Longer Cast in Bronze, Color photograph of Stuffed Wallpaper on front page of Style Section, show review by Jessica Dawson, June 28, 2001.


Style Weekly, Velvet Wallpaper and Paisley Shirts, Full length article by Meg Medina, January 16, 2000.


Richmond Magazine, Installation by Kristin Caskey, Quarter page color feature, January 2001.


64 Magazine, Kristin Caskey at Hand Workshop, Quarter page color feature, January/February 2001


Sculpture Magazine, “Living Water Garden”, Feature article by Terri Cohn, March, 2000.


Phoenix New Times, “Loss Leader”, Full length review by Kathleen Vanesian,  November 2-8, 2000


The Park of the Future, Photograph published in book, De Bailie publishers, Amsterdam, 1999


Richmond Times Dispatch, “Snowflake warms to role as wearable art”, Full length solo article by Marggie Graves, Wednesday August 30th, 2000


Richmond Times Dispatch, “The Artist as Teacher” Full length review by Deborah McLeod, June 2000


Richmond Times Dispatch, “Born to be worn again”, Flair section feature article and photo, by Janet Caggiano, Wednesday April 5th, 2000.


Cornell Report, “Designing Woman”, Feature article in quarterly alumni publication, Fall 1999.



Exhibition Brochures and Catalogs


Quirk Gallery, Jumpsuit, Fall 08


Agder Kunstnercentre. Who Cares? Exhibition Brochure. Fall 06


Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Fathoming, SECCA quarterly publication with exhibition preview by David Brown. Spring 02


Hand Workshop Art Center, “On Site/Artists’ Projects, Kristin Caskey” Solo exhibition brochure, Essay by Ashley Kistler, Curator, January 2001


1708 Gallery, “”Interviews with Gary Stephan” Interview essays by Gary Stephan, NYC and Trudi Van Dyke, Ellipse Arts Center. June 2000.


Arlington Arts Center, “Fall Solos 1999”, Exhibition brochure, Essay by Kristen Hileman, Curator, September 1999.





Pam Reynolds, Richmond, VA


The University of Notre Dame, Department of Art, Notre Dame, IN.“Teachers and students suite”


Florida State University, Museum of Fine Art, Tallahasse, FL.


Kennedy Museum of American Art, University of Ohio, Athens, OH


Syracuse University Art Collection, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


The Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI


The Dallas Public Library, Dallas, TX


The Detroit Public Library, Detroit, MI


The Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ


The University of California, Riverside, Watkins House Art Gallery, Riverside, CA


The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI



Specialized Training


Assessment 101, VCU faculty development course, spring 2010


Generation Digital Solutions, Vector Repeat Pro, Raster Repeat Pro. Fall 2011


Lectra Systems U4ia, Modaris and Kaledo Style.


Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator


Final Cut Pro


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