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Anne Emlein

Anne Myers Emlein is a textile and apparel designer with a keen focus on the history of dress. She has a BFA in Textiles from CCA in Oakland, CA and earned an MFA in Textiles from RISD in 2006. She served as teaching faculty fellow in the Costume and Textiles department at the RISD Museum from 2010–12 and was founding director of the Textile and Fashion Design department at Maine College of Art, which she designed and implemented from 2012–16.

Emlein’s primary area of expertise is the manual knitting machine where she develops analogue systems, complex manual manipulation techniques and pattern drafting for knitwear. She has exhibited fine arts and apparel work in regional and national shows and museums, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, American Craft Council shows and Fuller Craft Museum, and she served as knit consultant to Jenny Sabin’s MyThread Pavilion project with Nike FlyKnit.

Emlein was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, has lived and worked in several European countries and presently maintains a studio practice in Portland, ME.

Fall 2019 Courses

  • ILLUS-8965-03 Collaborative Study
  • NMSE-8965-02 Collaborative Study
  • TEXT-4817-01 Machine Knitting
  • TEXT-4817-02 Machine Knitting

Spring 2020 Courses

  • TEXT-8900-01 ISP Major
  • TEXT-4817-01 Machine Knitting
  • BFA, California College of the Arts
  • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design