The Kohl’s Design It! Lab has an entire team of designers, architects, engineers, illustrators, artists, and makers behind all of our programs and projects that you create in the lab. Introducing our guest professionals and Design Team…
Aeran Park, Mount Mary College Fashion Department Chair and Associate Professor
In 2012, we met Aeran Park and haven’t stopped doing amazing things with the Mount Mary College Fashion Department since! She can be found in the lab sharing her fashion illustration techniques during our Fashion Design Weekend Workshops and Summer Camps. Did I mention she is a published author?
Anna Warren and Sarah Kirkham, Milwaukee Repertory Theater Prop Artisans
Name something Anna and Sarah can’t do. Entrepreneurs, trailblazers, and crazy talented. These two will give you insiders tips on successful casting and molding techniques used in the infamous Prop Shop. They can also show you how to laser-etch onto leather and make fake food. Interested? So were we.
Philip Stankard, Industrial Designer Healthcare Systems, GE Healthcare
Our 3D printing guru, Phil shows students how to evaluate real life scenarios and redesign products already on the market.
Jenny Otte, Reiman Aquarium Aquarist
Inspiration doesn’t come from admiring something intriguing. Designers become inspired by understanding why things look the way they do and Jenny explains just that about the fish of the Great Lakes and Reiman Aquarium.
Industrial designers make things look pretty. Engineers make things work. Jon helps you to understand how something can function and what parts are needed to make it function. It’s not always pretty, but he makes it work.
Matt Cipov shares his
tricks of the trade to give designers an expansive tool kit to create within their own home on a small budget. He shows us how easy it is to draw and how to turn illustrations into 3D products. He has great advice on how to market yourself as a maker and talk about your work. Check more of his work out here.
Timothy Westbrook, Textile Artist
Past Pfister Artist in Residence and all around innovator, Timothy Westbrook educates people about the true definitions of sustainability, dynamic re-use, recycling, and repurposing. I guarantee you probably have the definitions mixed up. He will set you straight while showing you how to create textiles and bold fashion pieces.
When designing for the outdoors, one must consult with someone who knows the outdoors best to ensure their designs will survive in the wilderness. Whether we are designing for bird watching, fishing, or hiking; Tom makes people consider all of the elements they might not have thought of on their own. PS – You should probably take a stroll though his park if you haven’t yet.
Designer of the paper toy and on-staff illustrator, Ryan Kennedy teaches visitors to the Kohl’s Design It! Lab how to find 2D shapes in 3D objects and illustrate them on paper.
Discovery World’s own Ms. Frizzle, Tricia gets up close and personal with biology with you through squid dissections, chicken foot examinations, and vermicompost bins. She helps uncover myths and secrets hidden in biology to get you inspired to design things differently.
Lindsay Rauen, Teacher Representative
An expert on DPI Standards, Lindsay works with educators to align our Kohl’s Design It! Workshops with curriculum being taught in the classroom.
Ever wanted to learn how to sew? Make your own patterns? Design your own line of skirts? Michelle will show you how.
There isn’t one material Katie can’t turn into a beautiful product. She shows visitors and students simple techniques and tricks to make something great.
Ben Tjeski, Sculpture Artist
Not a maker? Not creative? Ben will show you otherwise and get you to crack a smile along the way. As a sculpture artist, he will make you think differently about the space around you and the designed objects within it.
Monte brings great energy into the lab and creates an experience you are not to forget. As a graphic designer and entrepreneur, Monte will inspire you to take your ideas and creations to the next level.
You can find Justin in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab explaining how to use a wide variety of tools and teaching visitors how to make projects on the weekend.
As a Design Futurist, Steven educates visitors to Discovery World about the Kohl’s Design It! Lab and utilizes the Kohl’s Design It! Lab to build his resume and enhance his portfolio.