Moore Faculty Have Success with Spontaneous Collaboration

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) – A chance conversation between two Moore faculty members, architect Joseph G. Brin and textile designer Heather Ujiie, led to an impromptu teaching collaboration in the fall of 2011. This is often how collaboration happens in the "real world," too.

With the encouragement of Brin and Ujiie, three undergraduate textile design minor students, Michon Proctor, Megan Means and Miranda Brackett, volunteered to be consultants for Denise Haag, Danielle Puccini and Marsa Sadhigi, who are students in the graduate interior design studio. Each textile student was randomly paired with an interior design ‘client’.

Students participating in the collaboration were excited to have exposure to a different discipline. This collaboration provided an opportunity for networking across majors where students wouldn’t normally interact. Interior design students were able to use custom designed prints from their peers, for use in their finished product, and textile design minor students were able to experience what it’s like trying to make a client happy. Students were able to use computer programs to visualize and "map in" 2D textile prints into 3D interior space.

“As teachers, we were very impressed by the ease of communication across disciplines and the spirit of cooperation that drove the process,” says Brin. “The success of this project leads us to believe it would be easy to plan similar cross-disciplinary collaborations at Moore”.

From the undergraduate student perspective, the experience allowed them to gain first-hand knowledge of working for an identified client with a specific end use in mind, in this case a pediatric hospital. The exhibition showcasing this collaboration, called “Make it Happen!”, is on display on the Philadelphia Wall through April 14. The show includes students’ own statements and reflections on the collaboration.

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit
Published on March 21st, 2012