Integrated Design Program Fashion Coordinator

“There is a wealth of information that can be gained through the act of engaging with materials, and I like to see students discover ways to harness this information and apply it to design opportunities. I ask students to consider the relationship that exists between materials, methods of production and other systems. My goal is to have students recognize the interplay between these various systems, and see the potential for design to be an agent of socio-economic change.”

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Laura Sansone is the owner and operator of House-Wear Design Studio, a design and production company specializing in sustainable textiles, Hudson Valley, NY. She is the creator of Textile Lab, an ongoing project that examines environmentally responsible textile methods, and community based systems of production. She is currently a Part-Time Assistant Professor at Parsons The New School For Design, School for Design Strategies (SDS). Previous teaching experience includes her role as Adjunct Professor at Maryland Institute, College Of Art, General Sculptural Studies Department, 2000-2007.  Her work has been exhibited at the following museums, galleries and events: 5th Annual Artisterium Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events, Tbilisi,
 Republic Of Georgia 2012, Dumbo Arts Festival, NY, 2011, Cranbrook Museum, MI, 2007, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, CA, 2002, Exit Art, NY, 1994-1996 She is the recipient of the 2011 City Atlas Mini Grant, the IEF Grant, Parsons The New School For Design, 2010, and the Green Fund Award, Parsons The New School For Design, 2010, and 2012. Publications include: Lupton, Ellen. Exploring Materials/Creative Design For Everyday Objects. NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010. Map Magazine, August 2009, Perspective Magazine, July 2009,TeenVogue, October/November 2008. Wittkopp, Gregory. Hot House/ Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook. Michigan: Cranbrook Art Museum, 2007. Bomb Magazine, Fall 2002. Laura received her


BFA, University Of The Arts, 1990

MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1994.


  • Natural dyeing
  • Sustainable textile production
  • Soft product design

PROJECTS mobile-textile-lab/ doll-play/#more-28955


  • IDC Collaborative: Natural Dyeing
  • IDC Networks: The Gift
  • Laboratory 1 & 2
  • 3D Studio 1 & 2
  • Product Design


Textile Lab is a research project that examines sustainable, community based textile production. Since 2010, Textile Lab has had an ongoing partnership with the following organizations: