EC: “LTU caught my attention with its transportation design program. I’ve always had a strong passion for art and design, and I knew that I wanted to attend a smaller, more intimate college setting with a program revolving around automotive design.
“What’s inspired me the most is how collaborative the students are. Our program directors, Peter Davis and Elizabeth Wetzel, have really gone above and beyond to make sure the students are pushing to be as successful as we can be, and they are providing us with many opportunities for industry exposure before we graduate.”
DCDT: What projects are you working on currently?
EC: “Right now, I am working on a city vehicle interior that’s designed for The Greater Tokyo area. Outside of school work, I like to work on different types of freelance art to keep my creativity flowing.”
DCDT: How are you adapting your work and making it accessible amid the pandemic? Anything you’ve learned along the way?
EC: “This past summer I interned virtually with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in their interior design studio, and we used Google Hangouts to communicate and review our work. We also had a few socially-distanced meet-and-greets with the designers. Prior to the start of the internship, I created a separate workspace in my apartment so I could work as efficiently as I would If it were an in-person internship experience. This workspace has really helped me stay creative in school as well.”
DCDT: What other local businesses are you supporting during this time?
EC: “I have been supporting many privately owned coffee shops located near me like The Red Hook and Little Paris Café & Bookstore. Prior to the pandemic, I would go to them to sketch and relax. I’ve also been supporting a few local restaurants – Owl, LaMarra, Johnny Noodle King - and a few record stores – like Found Sound and Dearborn Music - to add on to my music collection.”
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