curriculum vitae



2018 Oregon College of Art & Craft / Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR

Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design [Candidate]


2009 Dominican University, River Forest IL

Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude,  Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society

Major: Apparel Design, Minor: Film Photography, Studio Art


2008 [Abroad] Paris American Academy, France, Couture Techniques and Surface Design

2007 [Abroad] London College of Fashion/ FSU study centre, UK, History of Costume and British Life + Culture


2016 Usui Reiki Master

2014 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Alliance [Yoga By Degrees]

Design + Curation: pattern making + draping for women/children’s apparel; millinery patterning + blocking. vintage buying, product photo styling + aesthetics, curation/art direction, creative consulting, social networking for businesses.

Sewing + Weaving: industrial machines; straight stitch, walking foot, overlock; hand-sewing, embroidery. carding, spinning, felting, shibori, indigo dyeing. tapestry weaving, 8 harness floor loom, 4 harness table loom weaving, basket-weaving

Sculpture: wood; band saw, table saw, miter saw, jigsaw, sander, drill press. ceramic: hand-building, wheel-throwing, bisque + glaze kiln firing.


5/2009- present

aesthete mercantile, Portland OR; Owner/ Designer/ Maker/ Artist

-Artisan small batch women’s and children’s apparel; made with reclaimed textiles, vintage trims & loom wovens

-Zero waste constructed products; millinery, accessories, soft home goods, functional ceramics

-Extensive curated market participation [60+ events in Chicago/Portland]. Installed pop-up shop in MI [2013].

2/2017- present

Applied Craft + Design, Portland OR; AC+D Bison Building, Fiber Shop Manager [Facility assistance & liaison]


North St. Bags, Portland OR; Part-time Production Fabricator


Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland OR; Fiber Department, Teaching Assistant [Garment Design]

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR; Sculpture Department, Teaching Assistant [Weaving]

2015- 2016

Mignonette Bridal, Chicago IL; Bespoke Bridal Boutique, Seamstress

Yoga By Degrees, Western Springs IL; Yoga Studio, Studio Attendant


Chrome Industries,, Chicago IL; Product Development/ Retail Supervisor



GLEAN Residency, juried artist, stipend and [August] exhibition, Recology + Metro, Portland OR

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, OCAC scholarship recipient, clay workshop intensive, Gatlinburg TN

vancouver city hall public art exhibit, artist, group show, 2nd floor conference rooms, vancouver wa

Tangential, artist, group show, Lodge Gallery, Allied Works Architecture, Portland OR

outstanding Student Award, recipient, Surface Design Association

Thing Panic! Exhibition, artist, group show, Furthermore Gallery, Portland OR


NOW: An Outside the White Box Showcase Event, artist, group show, Furthermore Gallery, Portland OR


Stachybotrys, artist, solo show, Eriewood Collective Studio, Flat Iron Arts Bucktown, Chicago IL


Alumni Art Exhibition, artist, group show, O'Connor Gallery, River Forest IL

2009 + 2007

‘Annual’ Juried Art Exhibition, artist, group show, O’Connor Gallery, River Forest IL

-'Best in Show' Award, for sculptures [wood, metal, fabric ] "mushroom caps" [2009]

-Two black & white RC photographs "self portraits" [2007]



‘Slow Fashion’ Lessons, hourly lessons and workshops

-Instructor and coordinator of short courses for how-to sewing, altering, weaving + pattern-making


Yoga Instructor/ Reiki Master, yoga sessions [vinyasa, restorative; thesis on ‘yoga for makers’]

-Guide students safely into postures, explain benefits of each pose, physical adjustments for proper alignment


PNCA Graduate Open House, Applied Craft + Design student representative, PNCA, Portland IL

SOFA Expo, Applied Craft + Design program representative [booth], Navy Pier, Chicago IL

Portland Monthly Light a Fire Awards, volunteer, AC+D collaborative designbuild [display mechanics], Portland OR

Alliance of Artists Communities 2016 Annual Conference, volunteer, Benson Hotel/Disjecta, Portland OR

Escuela Viva Preschool, volunteer, AC+D collaborative designbuild [design lead], Portland OR

2014- 2016

People’s Resource Center, skill-based teaching volunteer, Wheaton/Westmont IL

-Assistant teacher for K-8th grade kid’s art at Anne M. Jeans Elementary [weekly], Willowbrook IL

-Lead teacher for middle school kid’s art at Puente del Pueblo [weekly], West Chicago IL

-Lead teacher for adult group sewing class [6 week] at the PRC facility, Westmont IL

Nue Magazine, City-focused fashion/art magazine, Editor and Style Contributor

Illinois Mycological Association, member, Fungi Educational Group

Old Town School of Folk Music, volunteer, resource center- music archive librarian, Chicago IL

Bird Trouble, sustainable bag company, freelance seamstress for bulk orders, Chicago IL


Graue Mill & Museum, volunteer, spinning/weaving historic re-enactment, Oak Brook IL


Coast Projects,, volunteer, Tiki30 wood/fiberglass catamaran boat build, Key West FL


P.S., film by Herbivore Productions, costume designer & script supervisor, Oak Park IL

2009- 2011

Megan Greene, jewelry/art studio, product design intern + part time production, Chicago IL

-Develop new product for 2010; Manage inventory; Assemble jewelry for charitable causes  


Avant Gaudy, online blog, secondhand thrift buying/styling expert, contributing writer, Chicago IL



GLEANings, online blog, resident artist entries  


Interwoven, P.E.O. International, speaker, IL

-lecture with interactive examples, sharing the process of fibers and their use in apparel & art

Truss & Ore Blog, Studio Interview [online]

nue magazine, feature on pages 60-61 [online]


Newcity: Top 5 of Everything 2014, Design; “Top 5 Chicago Paper Makers.” [print & online]


Chicago Magazine, ’Caroline Borucki’ shirt featured on page 93 [print; September issue]

Best of Chicago Reader 2013, Goods & Services; "Best New Maker." [print & online]


Chrome Industries: Salvage Bag Video, Salvage bag making process at Chrome Chicago [online]

Dominican University Student Outcomes, Dominican Alumni Fashion Panel Speaker; Chrome Product Development


Fashion Design, P.E.O International, speaker, IL

-lecture discussing biology-inspired apparel designs and textile manipulation techniques

Creativity in Fashion Design; An Inspirational Workbook, Fairchild Books; Design work published [print]


190 North, ABC 7 Chicago News, Clothing line mentioned [on-air & online]


Is Fashion Art?, Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Investigation [URSCI], River Forest IL

-Awarded $500 stipend to create mycology-inspired garments and sculptures; lectured at URSCI Expo



[july 29 + 30] renegade craft fair, maker, rejuvenation, portland or

Shelf Reflection: Design Week Portland, maker + curation lead, Bison Building, Portland OR


Black Friday Shuck Shop Sip, maker, Tournant, Portland OR

Renegade Craft Fair Pop Up, maker, The Hideout, Noble Square Chicago IL

Spring Fling, maker, Focus Om Yoga, Brookfield IL


Made In Chicago Market, maker, Journeyman Plumbers Hall, West Loop Chicago IL

Make Sale, maker, Chicago Art Department, Pilsen IL

Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, maker, Bridgeport Arts Center, Bridgeport Chicago IL

Randolph Street Market, maker, West Loop Chicago IL

Second Fridays Handmade Pop Up, maker, Verdant Matter, Pilsen Chicago IL

Wild Onion Market, maker, Burlington Bar, Logan Square Chicago IL

Revolution Craft Show, maker, Chop Shop, Wicker Park Chicago IL

Bitter Betty Bazaar, maker, Innertown Pub, Ukrainian Village Chicago IL

Made In Chicago Market, maker, Pulaski Field House, Noble Square Chicago IL

Renegade Craft Fair Pop Up, maker, The Hideout, Noble Square Chicago IL

Spring Fling, maker, Focus Om Community Sanctuary, Brookfield IL

Dose Market LakeFX, maker, Chicago Cultural Center, Loop Chicago IL

Valentine’s Gift Bazaar, maker, Three Aces, Little Italy Chicago IL


Thalia Hall Holiday Haul & Toy Drive, maker, Thalia Hall, Pilsen Chicago IL

Ephemera: A Holiday Pop Up Shop, maker, Comfy Fitness, Bucktown Chicago IL

Revolution Holiday Craft Show, maker, Revolution Brewery, Logan Square Chicago IL

Holiday Bazaar, maker, The Foxhole, Ravenswood Chicago IL

MULTIPLES, maker + artist, Logan Square Chicago IL

MULTIPLES, maker+ artist, Pulaski Field House, Noble Square Chicago IL


Holiday Bazaar, maker, Three Aces, Little Italy Chicago IL

Winterfest, maker, Focus Yoga, Brookfield IL

The Forage Flea Pop-Up Shop, maker, Avondale Chicago IL

Renegade Craft Fair, maker, Wicker Park Chicago IL

Summer Bazaar, maker, Smith & Davis Salon, Lincoln Park Chicago IL

Fashion in the Street, fashion show designer + maker, Green Curtain Events, Printer’s Row Chicago IL

Revelry, fashion show designer + maker, Riverside Arts Weekend [RAW], Riverside IL


International Fair, maker, sponsored by AAS Frauengruppe, Chicago IL

Dose Market, maker, River East Art Center, Loop Chicago IL

Fashion in the Street, fashion show designer, Green Curtain Events, West Loop Chicago IL

Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale, maker, Wicker Park Chicago IL

 L’Art de la Mode, fashion show designer, Riverside Arts Weekend [RAW], Riverside IL


Fall Fashion Show, fashion show designer, Beauty Bar, West Town Chicago IL

Nocturnal Tempest, fashion show designer, Premier Event Marketing, Manor, Loop Chicago IL

Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale, maker, Les Trois Foxes, Wicker Park Chicago IL

Revelation a la Mode, fashion show designer, Bright Kids Uganda, Creative Lounge, Wicker Park Chicago IL

Fuze It Worldwide,  fashion show designer, Excalibur, Loop Chicago IL

Chez Mignon, fashion show designer + maker, Elastic Arts Foundation, Logan Square Chicago IL

Focus on Fashion, fashion show designer, 914 Gallery, Humboldt Park Chicago IL


Here & There, fashion show designer, art/fashion show, 914 Gallery, Humboldt Park Chicago IL

Fashion Relief, fashion show designer, Gulf Relief Benefit + Auction, Creative Lounge, Wicker Park Chicago IL

Fashion Mash, open studio + fashion show designer, Flat Iron Arts Building, Wicker Park Chicago IL

Trend: Salute to Excellence, ‘McCormick Spices’ sponsored designer, NRAEF convention, Hilton-Chicago IL

dollparts vol. 1, fashion show designer + maker, pop-up shop, Beta Boutique, Wicker Park Chicago IL

Novel Artists in Music & Fashion, fashion show designer, Haiti benefit, Dragonfly, West Loop Chicago IL

Champagne Wishes & Fashion Dreams, fashion show designer, Wax Lounge, Lincoln Park Chicago IL


Diamonds & Pearls, fashion show designer, Kleo Barrett Angel Foundation, Stan Mansion, Chicago IL

Ladies Day, designer/maker/millinery auction, Susan G. Koman Foundation, Arlington Race Track IL

Summer Solstice Fashion Show, fashion designer, Lumen Club, West Loop Chicago IL

8th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence, fashion show designer, Chicago IL

Destination: Juried Fashion Show, fashion designer, set designer + backstage assistance, Lund Auditorium, River Forest IL

-'Best Overall Design' Award, for surface design techniques in apparel design "stipe"


Elie Saab Couture Fashion Show, backstage styling assistant, Le Grand Hotel, Paris, France

The Future of Fashion: Juried Show, fashion designer + backstage assistance, Lund Auditorium, River Forest IL

Exodos Magazine Zorana’s Couture Show, fashion show designer, Victor Hotel, West Loop Chicago IL


Framed: Juried Fashion Show, fashion designer + backstage assistance, Lund Auditorium, River Forest IL

St. Baldricks Fashion Show, fashion show designer, Cancer Fundraiser, Galleria Marchetti, Lakeview Chicago IL


Some Like it Haute: Juried Fashion Show, fashion designer + backstage assistance, Lund Auditorium, River Forest IL

-‘Eye Opener Design’ Award, for crinoline hoop skirt apparel design “citrus”