Our Instructors

  • Adam Andreas
    Adam Andreas
    Adam Andreas graduated with honors from Art Institutes' apparel design program. After winning raves for his first menswear collection, he went to work in product development for Leslie Jordan sportswear then as a product engineer for Columbia Sportswear. He has also worked in knitwear for Souchi and as a designer for Corazzo. Since 2012, Adam has taught Draping and Industrial Machine Sewing at Portland Sewing.

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  • Alex Combs
    Alex Combs
    Since childhood, Alex Combs has had a love for fashion and design. At seven she taught herself to sew and started sketching clothing. After many years of viewing apparel as a hobby, she decided it could be a viable career. She attended the The Art Institute of Portland where she graduated with a BS in Apparel Design. At AiPD, she took special interest in sustainable design and landed an internship with women’s ready-to-wear sustainable designer Anna Cohen. Since then, she has worked as an intern and then as a apparel product developer for Columbia Sportswear. Currently, she designs and oversees development for the full men’s and women’s product range at active apparel company, SportHill. Throughout her education and career, she has excelled in technical design and enjoys perfecting sketches for development and promotional uses. In her Adobe Illustrator class you will gain the basic skills necessary to clearly communicate design concepts to product developers, patternmakers, and factories.

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  • Ali Loverink
    Ali Loverink
    Ali Loverink has a B.F.A in Apparel design with special emphasis on menswear and tailoring from the Art Institute of Portland. She graduated from AI with high marks. Her works at Duchess Clothiers, a Portland based company that makes made-to-measure men’s suits.There she is in charge of quality control and alterations. "Tailoring has been great. Ali really knows her stuff." -- Tara A., Tailoring student, December 2011

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  • Emily Weltman
    Emily Weltman
    New York native Emily Weltman received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1999. During Emily’s time at design school Emily focused on childrenswear and studied knitwear in Italy. After graduation Emily worked as a designer and director for the Gap, Old Navy, Puma and Nike, traveling extensively to Europe and Asia for inspiration and development. Emily left the corporate world in 2008 to pursue her Masters in Art Education from Portland State University. Emily now works in product development at Nike and writes about fashion and art education. She has a passion for the design process, fashion history and color.

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  • Jason Bray
    Jason Bray
    Bray began his studies and costume career at University of Hawaii Manoa. He has a bachelors in apparel design from The Art Institute of Portland. He has worked as a cutter/draper/dyer and adjunct craftsperson for local theatrical designer Michael Curry and made costume and puppetry for clients such as Disney/Dreamworks, Cirque du Soleil, Broadway, Universal Studios, The Olympics, Nike, Steve Wynn, Michael Jackson and Blue Man Group. Currently he works as fit expert and design assistant at Portland Opera costume shop.

    Links: http://www.portlandsewing.com
  • Jennifer Baggett
    Jennifer Baggett
    Jennifer Baggett received a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Portland based off a collection of fashion illustrations she designed. After graduating, she became head of Apparel Art for Fred Meyer. There, she designs and directs prints and graphics for all Fred Meyer apparel including children's, men's, women's, and accessories. She manages a team of graphic designers while working side by side with the product developers to fulfill print and pattern needs.

    Links: http://jenniferbaggettillustrations.blogspot.com
  • Jennifer Holcomb
    Jennifer Holcomb
    With an artisan’s pursuit for craftsmanship and vision for a detail-focused aesthetic, Jennifer’s self-taught approach to leatherworking has driven her desire to produce fashionable yet functional leather goods. In 2000, she launched a handbag line, JENESSE, and established a business of one-of-a-kind, handmade leather bags. Her business started with commissioned bags for clients. They now are sold at several boutiques. Additionally, she created a line exclusively for a fashion specialty shop, Seaplane. She has also contributed her creativity to local charities, including several collaborations with Portland celebrities for the Girls, Inc.’s event, Power of the Purse. Jennifer has a BFA in apparel design and is currently teaching in the accessory and apparel design program at the Art Institute of Portland. "I am so looking forward to taking more classes from Jennifer. She is so great." KoKo, Leatherworking: Handbags student, December 2011

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  • Laura Tempesta
    Laura Tempesta
    Laura Tempesta's passion for apparel began at a young age and was fostered by her mother who was a professional seamstress. After getting her BA from Stanford University, Laura was hired as a business strategy consultant by the global management consulting firm, Andersen Consulting. She later returned to school to study apparel design and patternmaking. Her first jobs in the apparel industry were in both product design and product development in Los Angeles. She was hired as BCBG’s first product development employee and was later hired as a product developer for Nike in Portland, Oregon. She now works on their advanced innovation team. Laura has experience in business development, business strategy, costing, and sourcing.

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  • Lisa Silveira
    Lisa Silveira
    One of Lisa Silveira's greatest passions is travel, from which she draws much inspiration.  In 2005 she spent 4 months in Florence, Italy studying silk painting, batik, jewelry design, oil painting, and the ways of Italian fashion and “La Bella Figura”, a way of life emphasizing beauty, good image, aesthetics and proper behavior.  It was here that Lisa developed her passion for Italian fashion, knitwear and textiles.  In 2007 she graduated with a bachelor’s in apparel design from the Art Institute of Portland.  Shortly after Lisa ventured back to Florence, Italy to intern with a Florentine fashion designer.  She designs Wandering Muse, a line of Italian inspired knitwear suitable for work, play or travel.

    Links: http://www.wanderingmuse.com
  • Lynn Weglarz
    Lynn Weglarz
    Lynn has had a passion for sewing from an early age. She started by making clothes by hand for her Barbies and graduated to learn how to sew on a sewing machine. She moved on to making clothes for herself and hasn’t stopped since. Her repertoire of expertise includes garment sewing from baby clothes to wedding dresses to outerwear, sewing for the home and embellishments. She’s interested in many forms of the textile field and has tried her hand at most: Knitting, embroidery, quilting, felting. Lynn is a past president of the American Sewing Guild Portland/Vancouver chapter, an author and an experienced sewing instructor for kids and teens to adults.

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  • Megan McGugan
    Megan McGugan
    Production artist for Global Football and Young Athletes at Nike, Megan McGugan has used her Adobe skills at Columbia Sportswear, Merrell and Wema. She started out in apparel by manipulating shirts and drawing graphics on them. One day a friend said to her, “You should go to school for fashion design” and she did. She has a BFA in apparel design.

    Links: http://www.portlandsewing.com
  • Robert Bryan
    Robert Bryan
    Robert Bryan is a textile developer for Nike. Before that, he was fabric research and developer for Abercrombie&Fitch. He's managed fabrics and trims for Target and Oshkosh B'Gosh. He has a bachelors in Textiles plus Art and Design from North Carolina State University. While at Target, he wrote and taught a popular Textiles 101 class for the company that he taught to everyone from "CEOs to sales associates," he says. In Textiles, you'll learn to recognize fabric types as you are given swatches of fabrics to examine and test. You'll learn which fabrics to use, when, where and how. Robert will tell how fabrics are made and how they were created from the originals like wool, silk and hemp to the high-tech fabrics of today. You will learn where to find fabric sources beyond the local fabric store. After taking this class, you can move on to making your own fabrics through Silk Painting + and making your own prints through Computer Print Design.

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  • Stephanie D
    Stephanie D
    After attending the Art Institute of Portland, Stephanie pursued her own label in 2008. Stephanie's initial collections were rooted in designing skillfully draped evening and traditional wedding gowns. Stephanie's line then evolved to ready-to-wear, which debuted on the runway at the 2009 Portland Fashion Week (now FashioNXT). She sells her collection at StephanieDCouture.com and at her shop at 1030 NW 12th Avenue. She also offers one-of-a-kind custom evening and wedding dresses and has started a fashion and lifestyle magazine at StyleWithSteph.com.

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  • Susan Pitchford
    Susan Pitchford
    Susan joined Chernoff Vilhauer in 2004 and became a partner in 2008. She has experience advising clients in matters involving a broad range of technologies, including consumer products and manufacturing protocols.  Susan has substantial litigation experience and has represented clients in trials in both state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington, and at appeals to the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit. She is a frequent guest lecturer at continuing legal education programs for lawyers and at seminars educating non-lawyers about the law. She served as a law clerk for the Hon. Philip A. Talmadge, Justice, Washington State Supreme Court, in 1995 and for the Hon. Paul Bastine, Judge, Spokane County Superior Court, 1996.   Susan was named a "Super Lawyer" in the area of Patent Law by Oregon Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012. She was previously named a "Rising Star" in 2009 and 2010.

    Links: http://www.portlandsewing.com
  • Terri Spaeth-Merrick
    Terri Spaeth-Merrick
    "Sewing, patternmaking and design was first taught to me by my amazing mother and then eventually throughout my college years at Parsons School of Design and UCLA in Los Angeles and then Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. "Over the years I’ve done freelance design work in various fields including a long stint at Trek Bicycles designing their entire line of cycling clothing. "After 17 years working in the bicycle industry I opened my own business. Most of those years have been focused on creating individually handmade, one-of-a-kind wedding dresses from my studio. In 2007 I started a second business, Olivia Luca, which allows women all over the US and abroad to design their own dresses. "Throughout the last eleven years I have also taught at several venues, including many years at OCAC. Living an environmentally conscious lifestyle is very important to me and that spills over into my businesses and is a focus point in all that I do."

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