Melissa Conroy is a Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Human Centered Design at Cornell University. Her interests are surface design, drawing, and textile design with a specialty in knit structure and design.
Knit Structure mentor for The Hybrid Body Lab
Knit Structure engineering for Optic Lace Project, Performance Apparel Lab
“Knit Skin: Machine Knitted Scaled Skin for Locomotion” ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) Jin Hee (Heather) Kim, Shreyas Patil, Sarina Matson, Melissa Conroy, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao (2022)
“Knit Dermis: Fabricating Tactile On-Body Interfaces Through Machine Knitting” ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) Jin Hee (Heather) Kim, Kunpeng Huang, Simone White, Melissa Conroy, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao (2021) Best Paper Honorable Mention Award
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)
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.
Cornell Council for the Arts Faculty Grant 2021
Surface Design Association Personal Development Grant, 2021
Printmaking Associate, The Ink Shop, Ithaca, NY
Exhibiting Artist and Published Author/Illustrator
As an instructor of design, I nudge students towards finding their own voice as designers. I teach fundamentals such as color theory, surface design techniques, and knit textile structures. My classes are hands on and project based. Students learn skills that are both technical and skill based in concert with creative problem solving. The technical aspects of my classes are tool boxes that are not separate from, but entwined with the creative process. I believe ideas often arrive through working with materials and media. Students are given the space to discover both the potential and limitations inherent to media. Working directly with materials through a guided, creative prism has the benefit of generating ideas and solutions to design problems. It is my hope that by taking one of my classes, students will have the foundation they need to synthesize the skills they have learned, so that they can continue to work on those skills independently.
FSAD 3250: Color and Surface Design of Textiles
FSAD 3370: Intro to Knit Textile Structure and Design
FSAD 1140: Fashion Computer Aided Design
2006, M.S. , Textile Design, Philadelphia University
1998, M.F.A , Painting, University of Georgia
1991, B.F.A, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design