Phyllis Bell Miller

As a child, Phyllis Bell Miller learned to sew, embroider, and crochet from her mother, who was assistant to one of Washington, D.C.'s leading designers. Her lifelong love of design has led to several degrees and certificates in fashion and design. Being an avid knitwear designer, dyer, and embroiderer, Miller has won numerous design awards and has participated in many juried and invitational design and museum exhibitions. Her love of travel and other cultures is reflected in her designs. Having visited 77 countries and territories, she collects books, traditional costumes, artifacts, yarn, and fabrics in her travels. She has also led design-based study tours to Europe and throughout America. As a teacher, Phyllis focuses on taking the mystery and guesswork out of the design and construction processes. She provides information in easy-to-digest formats and creates tools to simplify and improve design processes for everyone, regardless of medium. Recently retired as professor and head of Mississippi State University Fashion Design and Merchandising program, Phyllis is a former Singer Sewing Teacher and also taught as a Fulbright Scholar at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and the University of Mauritius in Port Louis. She is author of AutoCAD for the Apparel Industry (Fairchild, 1994), the world's first book on applying generic CAD software to the fashion industry. She also developed the ApparelCAD, Instant Designer International, and Display Shop software, for which she holds more than 30 copyrights.

Classes

Make Design Decisions Like a Pro: Using Professional Techniques to Design or Modify Any Project

Make Design Decisions Like a Pro: Using Professional Techniques to Design or Modify Any Project

With Phyllis Bell Miller Dec 5, 10:00am-12:10pm CST Dec 6, 10:00am-12:10pm CST Dec 12, 10:00am-12:10pm CST Whether you design an item from scratch or modify an existing one, this workshop will give you the tools to make decisions like a pro. The elements and principles of design—including color, proportion, emphasis, contrast, alternation, and repetition—help you to make more informed design decisions rather than guessing and praying. Using the many visuals, handouts, worksheets, and exercises you perform in class, these concepts become real design tools that you can apply to any project now and in the future.

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