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Kathleen Grevers

Kathleen Grevers has been teaching since 2001 and has over 20 years of experience as a technology-­driven creative apparel and fabric artist. She combines her curriculum and course development expertise with her experience in international partnerships and Fortune 500 companies. Interactions with Levi Strauss, Urban Outfitters, S.L.E.M. school (NL), Polimoda (Italy) and the Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium enrich her courses and expose her students to an international focus.

In addition to her career at RISD, Grevers has worked with some of the most respected companies in design, software development and contractual resourcing, such as Liz Claiborne, TJ Maxx, Lectra Systems, and the JJill Group. Her primary expertise is in technology research and implementation for the apparel industry, with a background in surface design for home furnishings, automotive and apparel.

In 2011 Grevers was awarded a professional grant to support her understanding and awareness of the global academic field of apparel and accessories software intent and related curriculum development. The research resulted in the first shoe design class at RISD, which ran as a field travel class guiding over 20 students throughout northern Italy. This pioneering program branched into a bespoke shoemaking course, resourced top designers within the fashion, industrial design and automotive industries, and has led to her Italy Travel Class for Shoe Design. Her sourcing of European companies such as Stephano Ricci, Pininfarina, Armando Polini, and Basic Net built strong ties for the shoe design curriculum and for future RISD community endeavors.

Prior to RISD, Grevers was a software curriculum writer and trainer in Lectra Systems’ NYC office, where she directed a program that educated over 10,000,000 industry professionals on the application and benefits of Lectra’s industry-­standard CAD software. Later, as the owner of Seemore Studios, she created textile designs, structured developing CAD departments, and researched and implemented software and hardware related to the apparel, academic and textile industries.

Grevers began her career in 1993 in NYC handpainting textile designs for F. Schumacher & Co. She moved on to Liz Claiborne during a planned immersion in the technology of textile design and thoroughly embraced the industry-wide transition to CAD. In 1996, She was selected to be in the first group of Claiborne employees to receive training in CAD technology. In the 18 years since then, Grevers has continuously expanded her skills and abilities, offering her design services in a wide range of apparel markets.

Grevers volunteers at her children’s schools, comforts people in the last hours of life through the Compassionate Companions hospital volunteer service, fosters unwanted dogs with Great Dog New England and maintains an active approach toward health and exercise. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children.

  • BS, University of Rhode Island