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Cathryn Amidei

Associate Professor

Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising

School of Visual And Built Environments

122 Sill Hall



  • MFA from Eastern Michigan University in Textiles
  • Bachelor of Art in Anthropology
Cathryn Amidei

Professional Summary

She has worked in the apparel and textile industry in a number of capacities for over 20 years.
She has designed costumes for theatre, and dance as well as custom designed garments for clients and sewed for successful designers as well.

Interests and Expertise

Her interests, creative and research activities include innovative textile and garment design in novel and materials and constructions and especially utilizing innovative technological solutions. She developed the weaving studio and also developed courses to teach software applications in digital design. Cathryn has developed several courses that utilize and focus on collaboration, multidisciplinary approaches and experiential learning.


  • ATM 118- Apparel Studio
  • ATM 200- Design and Asthetics for the apparel industry
  • ATM 255- Apparel Analysis 
  • ATM 271- Woven Structures
  • ATM 279- Apparel Studio-2
  • ATM 372- Design and Production of Fashion Show
  • ATM 392- Patternmaking- Flat Pattern Design
  • ATM 439- Fashion Markets
  • ATM 634- Consumer Problems in Clothing and Textile
  • ATM 645- Clothing Design

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Additional Information

She has extensive training and expertise in Jacquard woven fabrics, and has exhibited her woven artwork both nationally and internationally. She has taught and trained students in jacquard weaving at both Eastern and at the Jacquard Center in North Carolina. She works closely with the inventor of the TC-1, a Jacquard loom that is located in the Fiber program at Eastern and has and will teach courses related to jacquard textiles and design. Cathryn develops and produces the ATM Runway Show. This innovative course is designed to facilitate collaborative efforts across programs and colleges to produce this popular and well regarded event. 

Cathryn is also the founder of the Y Collective - an experimental design incubator located in the ATM program. The Collective consists of both current students and alumni. Their work has been exhibited in the annual runway show, national juried art competitions and internationally as well. 

She is the sponsor of the Student Organization- Fashion Avenue. She also leads the ATM Study abroad program. This course visits London and Paris, and Italy (Rome and Florence). And..she also takes students to New York, and Chicago to visit Fashion Markets and annual student conventions.