Melanie R. Carrico
Melanie Carrico is Associate Professor in the Apparel Product Design concentration of the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies. Professor Carrico’s scholarship focuses on creating wearable art from leather, suede, and her own digital textile designs. Her current work in leather and suede jackets and vests emphasizes surface details through techniques such as reverse appliqué, stenciling, and cutwork. Carrico creates digital textile designs which are printed onto silk and rayon fabrics and made into garments to accompany the leather and suede jackets. The new body of work draws inspiration from aspects of prayer, with pieces devoted to each of the seven types of prayer outlined in the Book of Common Prayer (adoration, oblation, penitence, etc.). Carrico’s creative works have been shown in more than 25 national and international juried and invited exhibitions. She is a regular presenter at the Annual Conference of the International Textiles and Apparel Association where she is a member of the organization’s Aesthetics and Design committee. She serves as a consultant for Charming Shoppes, Inc. on their fit initiative for their Lane Bryant and Catherine’s Stores divisions. Professor Carrico earned her M.F.A. degree from University of North Texas in 1995. After working as a designer and pattern maker in the apparel industry, she taught at Kent State University for ten years before coming to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The subject matters she teaches include patternmaking, garment construction, and computer aided design.