Lucy Lau Bigham graduated with a B.A. in Design from Nairobi University followed by an M.A. in International Business Analysis from the University of Northampton, UK. Lau Bigham is a community leader and textile expert who manages development projects working with the disadvantaged communities in Kenya and training marketable skills for income supplementation. In 2011, she and her husband founded Tosheka Textiles, a social enterprise in commercial and community based textile production.
Cynthia Porter received a B.F.A. in Artisanry from Boston University. She has taught design and textile classes at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for more than 10 years. Her work, including her sculpture, has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the eastern United States, including the Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial and Drexel University’s Nesbit Gallery of the Arts and Design in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently a board member of the Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory Council.
Christina Roberts earned her B.F.A. in textile design from Moore College of Art and Design and is currently the Director of Education at The Fabric Workshop and Museum and adjunct instructor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in contemporary collaborative art making practices using traditional textile printing and dyeing techniques with focus on sustainable methods. She carries out research to develop and implement programs for international and local community outreach initiatives.
Claudine Katin is an artist and sales professional who has worked representing designers in the marketplace for 25 years. She has aided designers and manufacturers in the development and distribution of their highly crafted products. As an account executive she is responsible for implementing sales, marketing and merchandizing strategies.