We often feature the exceptional work of our graduating seniors, grad students, and alumni, but what about first-year students? What are they making? If you […]
Meghan Kelly is an assistant professor of Textile Design at Jefferson University, where she teaches Knit Design Studio and Knitting Technology to undergrad and graduate students. Not surprisingly, the most exciting part of her job is seeing what her students create. In her words, “Their enthusiasm and curiosity remind me to honor the practice of making textiles daily”.
Meghan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kansas City Art Institute, double majoring in Fine Art and Art History, and a Master of Science degree from Philadelphia University. During her undergrad studies, she focused on fiber and textile art. There, she learned to knit, weave, dye, embroider, felt, and manipulate fiber in a myriad of other ways. Her undergrad education laid the groundwork for a lifetime obsession with anything and everything textile. In graduate school, she focused her interests on knitting and knitting technology.
After graduate school, Meghan worked for a yarn distribution company designing hand-knitting yarn and patterns. She brings knowledge of small business practices to the department and real-world experiences working with international mills, product development, and client relations. As a textile designer and fabric lover, Meghan is continually investigating and collecting interesting fabrics. Outside of teaching, she is a practicing designer of hand- and machine- knits, and her patterns are frequently published in international knitting magazines. She is genuinely interested in the advances the textile industry is making in weft-knitted fabrics, smart textiles, and sustainability solutions.