Linda Ohrn-McDaniel, MFA
Linda graduated from Uppsala University with a B. Ed., focused on teaching textiles and English as a 2nd language.She then went on to get a MFA in Fashion Design from University of North Texas. Before she started teaching at Kent State University she worked at Wade College in Dallas, Texas.
After Linda's first solo exhibition in Degerfors, Sweden in 2000, Linda was set on a career in fashion, using clothing as a form of artistic expression. Since then the focus of her creative work has become circles and hearts. Through these two themes she explores texture, color, shape and fit in her garments. Her work has shown successful and resulted in pieces shown in many juried exhibitions on the national and international level as well as solo exhibitions and awards. The most prestigious awards are the Lectra Outstanding Faculty designer award in 2006 and the Ohio Arts council's Award for individual Excellence.In June 2009 she also published a book: "Life, Thoughts & Garments". In the book she presents 31 of her designs both through pictures and brief write-ups on inspiration, techniques and materials.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
The focus of Linda's teaching is in patternmaking, draping and construction, as well as machine knitting. Through individual investigations with students she has had the opportunity to help students focus and learn more about couture techniques, embellishments through beading or machine embroidery, draping and machine knitting.