Mary Kawenski

Mary Kawenski started in the apparel industry designing for her own label and for several Canadian firms. She began her teaching career at Ryerson University School of Fashion and currently teaches design research, collection development and creative studies. Her ongoing research in creative process started more than 25 years ago at the Creative Problem Solving Institute, University of Buffalo. She continued her studies with William J. Gordon, founder of Synectics, and later became an SES Synectics trainer.

In the studio, Kawenski designs apparel and accessories using sustainable materials. As a design and technical consultant, she works with entrepreneurs on startup programs for apparel and lifestyle products, stressing socially responsible manufacturing. She has facilitated workshops and lectured on creative thinking and design development in the US, Canada, China and Peru.

Fall 2017 Courses

  • APPAR-3135-01 Junior/design/draw/cad
  • APPAR-3135-02 Junior/design/draw/cad
  • APPAR-3140-02 Senior Collection Development

Spring 2018 Courses

  • APPAR-3141-02 Senior Apparel Collection
  • Mary Kawenski's CV
  • BA, School of Fashion Design
  • MS, Bank Street College of Education Liberty Partnership


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles