(CNBNews.net)--Rayneld Rolak Johnson, Ph.D., has been a longtime educator at Wayne State
University in Fashion Design and Art. A native daughter of Detroit, she was recognized for her fashion prowess early and while, in high school, she received from Governor William Milliken, the Michigan State Fair-Best of Show acknowledgment for the entire State Fair. This special blue ribbon award was for an apparel design and garment construction that she had entered. This was the only time in over 100 years of competition, at the Michigan State Fair, that a garment received this special designation. She was also an honored award winner at the national convention of the National Wool Council in San Francisco.
Rayneld's art appreciation takes a vast pallet as her award winning textile piece, "Maui Sunset", was featured at the K-Mart headquarters in Troy, Michigan.
She started her Art and Textile instructing at the University of Detroit-Mercy. Currently at WSU, her course specialties are the history, design, production and
merchandising of apparel and textiles. She has focused research on the social, historical, economic and psychological factors influencing design and trend development and was selected as a research fellow by TC2 Textile Clothing Technology Corporation. Also, Rayneld has published on learning theory and instructional design and is accomplished with cutting edge trends such as avatar fitting simulations.
A recent project is the "The Influence of the Automobile on Fashion." She has given national and international presentations related to apparel design and innovative teaching strategies, such as "The Art of Developing Creativity in Apparel Design Students."
Of late, she has been the costume consultant on some Michigan film productions. Most recently she was regional director of The Fashion Group International and is an active member of the Michigan Surface Design Association.
On Friday, March 27, Dr. Johnson shared with the Friends of Polish Art, the history, fashion and glorious function of Polish Felt.