Melissa Conroy
Senior Lecturer
Human Centered Design

HEB 262


Melissa Conroy is a Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University. Her interests are surface design, drawing and textile design with a specialty in knit design.

Knit Structure engineering for Optic Lace Project, Performance Apparel Lab

Our Prince of Scribes, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2018 (contributor)

Poppy’s Pants, Columbia, SC: USC Press, 2018

The Lowcountry Coloring Book, Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2016

Grandma is an Author, Maplewood, NJ: Blue Apple Books, 2011

Poppy’s Pants, Maplewood, NJ: Blue Apple Books, 2009

Play All Day (Design for Children), Berlin, Germany: Gestalten Verlag, 2009 (contributor)

Printmaking Associate, The Ink Shop, Ithaca, NY

CFEVA Artist Member, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibiting Artist and Published Author/Illustrator



For my knit structure and design course, I have reached out to Local Fiber, an organization that supports sheep farmers. I hope to some day use locally spun yarn in the course.

As an Instructor of textile studio courses, I see my role as being primarily a creative mentor or coach. There is technical information to learn in my courses such as knit structures, embroidery techniques and dye chemistry. Those things are the toolbox or limited palette these textile processes bring to the designer. They offer a framework with limitations that I hope each student will harness in their own way.

FSAD 3250 Color and Surface Design of Textiles

FSAD 3000 Figure Drawing

FSAD 3370 Intro to Knit Textile Structure and Design

FSAD 1140 Fashion Computer Aided Design

M.S. 2006 Textile Design Philadelphia University (Graduate Assistant)

M.F.A 1998 Painting University of Georgia (Teaching Assistant)

B.F.A 1991 Painting Rhode Island School of Design (Graduation with Honors)


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