Anne Emlein

Fashion, in the broad sense of the word, finds Mainers at the forefront.

ON HER ART
Textiles and fashion are an immediate, everyday form of expression and something everyone everywhere has participated in since time immemorial, on an individual level, and collectively. Whether “making art” or pursuing a hobby, textiles and fashion always figure in. For me, it isn’t black and white. Whether I am hiking, or baking, or visiting museums, I am always noticing pattern, color, interesting textures, and materials of all kinds.

ON WHAT A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT MIGHT FIND AT MECA
At MECA, I believe we are all very “on the ground.” The student who chooses MECA will be included in a community of people—faculty, staff and fellow students who are all artists at heart. We are all very involved in the processes that make up what we do. The prospective student will find a spirit of intimacy and involvement at MECA that permeates every aspect of the college and the teaching of art.

ON THE MAINE FASHION SCENE
Fashion, in the broad sense of the word, finds Mainers at the forefront—in social movements, environmental awareness, the local, sustainable food movement, music, recreation, etc.

Textile practices flourishing in Maine right now are grabbing attention worldwide for great design, use of beautiful local materials, and conscientious making practices—the local/global movement the world is embracing. It’s the perfect moment for textile and fashion design at MECA as our students respond to the traditional, innovative, edgy, independent, practical and creative spirit of this special place