© 2016 by Kristie J Smith

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THE URGE TO MAKE SOMETHING FROM

NOTHING WAS PRESENT FROM BIRTH.

 

Throughout my life, I continued to immerse myself in various crafts to feed my need for creativity.

 

Like most people with creative brains, I tend to be an excellent multitasker. I always knew I wanted to sew, but was also interested in the medical field. While pursuing an education in Nutrition, I chose to complete all the clothing and design courses offered at my university; studying both fields provided a balance for both sides of my brain.

 

While growing a successful dietetics career, I continued growing my design skills by taking national courses and workshops, surrounding myself with fiber artists, and attending trade shows to keep me abreast of new techniques and products. Through sewing at national events, I was offered a position as a National Educator with Bernina of America and soon accepted. As an educator, I provided education to consumers, dealers, and sewing professionals; created innovative projects and wrote articles for national publications; became a brand ambassador providing product marketing; and had the pleasure to provide product development consultation and testing in the sewing industry internationally.

 

I am fascinated by the question - ‘why do consumers choose certain products?' I also find it exciting to explore innovative product development to benefit consumers.

With this in my heart, I completed a Master of Science degree in Consumer Behavior and Design Sciences at Auburn University. During my graduate studies, I worked as both a research assistant and a teaching assistant. My research assistantship focused on consumer choices based on product design and had an integrated fMRI research component.

 

My teaching assistantship focused on teaching innovative sewing techniques to advanced and competitive design students. My thesis research combined both my love for design and the medical field, exploring adaptive clothing needs for specialized populations.

 

Currently I continue to consult for the sewing industry, providing guidance on product development, writing articles, testing products, teaching, and creating marketing pieces.

 

My favorite part of working in the sewing industry is connecting with others and I’m so blessed by the people I meet. Each day I am filled with amazing opportunities and can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds.

 

Happy Stitching!

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