Jennifer Varekamp received her ED.M from Harvard University and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has also studied at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and at the London College of Fashion. She is a Costume and Clothing Designer committed to sustainability. She designed the costumes for HoverDive, a collaborative dance project that focused on fluid dynamics and ocean science, including the impact of climate change on ocean life. Most recently, in October 2018 she was an invited guest presenter at the Sustainable Fashion Summit in Sri Lanka and at the Forum on Design Education for the 21st Century as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka. In March 2018 Jennifer was a NEST Fellow and traveled to Laos to work with the social enterprise Ma Té Sai and a group of TaiLeu artisans to assist with pattern making, grading, fit accuracy and apparel design development. In 2018 she received the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation Fellowship to help support her travel to Laos and further her research and investigation into indigenous textile techniques and also to support her travel and participation in the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and the Educator’s Summit on Sustainable Fashion in Denmark. In 2012, she also received a MassArt Foundation Fellowship to travel to India to explore traditional techniques in textile design and sustainable practices. In January of 2018 and 2016 she co-led a MassArt travel course to India with a focus on Sustainable Fashion and Sustainable Handcrafts. Since 2009 She has been leading a fashion directed travel course to Paris and Antwerp with her students at MassArt. She was a selected participant in the “Creative Industries and Sustainable Design” Tour of Germany in 2009 and was a Surdna Arts Teacher Fellow in 2005. Jennifer has participated in numerous conferences and workshops on sustainable fashion in the US, Europe and India. She was an invited guest lecturer at NIFT in Delhi, India on this topic and was a guest presenter at the RSA Student Awards in New York. In 2014 Jennifer was a guest presenter at the Design Exchange Boston conference and a facilitator on Sustainable Fashion at the annual benefit for the Ecologic Development Fund. In the summer of 2016 she presented a lecture on “Character Analysis through Costume” at the Heritage Museum based on their special exhibit, Cut!: Costume and the Cinema. In the Fall of 2017 Jennifer was a guest panelist on the “Wearable Arts Panel Discussion” at the Cape Ann Museum and was also one of the judges at the seARTS Wearable Art Fashion Show in Gloucester, MA. She was also an invited judge for the Project Upcycle fashion competition in Portsmouth , NH in Spring 2018.
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