Academics / Faculty Patricia
Kinsella

"My most important goal is to foster and encourage the innate desire to create that I encounter in every student." –Patricia Kinsella

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A freelance textile artist and designer, Patricia Kinsella curated Prato Textile Museum’s exhibition Superhuman Performance, a collection of over 80 garments, uniforms, kits, and accessories from past and present champion athletes.

Patricia Kinsella teaches Weaving at SACI. She also teaches in Florence at Kent State University, and Syracuse University, and has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the European Institute of Design, and Politecnico della Moda.

Curator of multiple exhibitions at the Textile Museum of Prato, Italy, she has taught weaving and worked as a freelance textile artist and designer of wovens for apparel and home furnishing in Italy and the US. She has exhibited frequently in Italy, the US, France, Switzerland, Japan, and Germany, and her work has been featured in many publications relating to textiles and weaving. Her work is represented in collections in the US, Italy, Austria, and Germany.

Patricia Kinsella has a BFA with Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook, Michigan.

Teaching Philosophy
My goal each semester is to create a collaborative learning environment based on mutual respect. I seek to channel the enthusiasm and curiosity of my students into building the skills necessary for the full expression of their ideas. Success breeds success but overcoming challenges breeds excellence, therefore the learning curve gets steeper as the semester progresses. The lessons learned in the mastery of any craft;  conceptual and creative thinking, discipline, evaluating the materials, attention to detail, the planning and execution of a project, can also have a positive impact in other aspects of life. However my most important goal is to foster and encourage the innate desire to create that I encounter in every student.  Without a healthy impulse to “make,” original accomplishment in any field is impossible.

"My most important goal is to foster and encourage the innate desire to create that I encounter in every student." –Patricia Kinsella

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