Mary Kawenski

Mary Kawenski teaches introductory to advance-level courses in apparel design and development, including senior thesis collection development and design research. Before teaching at RISD, she designed womenswear and junior sportswear for 10 years in Toronto, had her own label, Kreyka, and was adjunct faculty at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion in Toronto, Ontario. Her ongoing academic interests in creative problem-solving and design process began over 25 years ago at the Creative Problem-Solving Institute in Buffalo. She continued her studies with William J. Gordon, founder of Synectics and later a SES Synectics trainer.

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

Fall 2018 Courses

  • APPAR-3132-01 Junior Cut & Sew Studio
  • APPAR-3140-02 Senior Collection Development

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • APPAR-2200-01 Collection Conception: Apparel Design Process | Practice

Spring 2019 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, 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 Theory + History of Art + Design