15 July 2018

VCUarts Qatar Alumna Appointed Assistant Chair of Fashion Design + Merchandising at VCUarts

Congratulations to VCUarts Qatar alumna Hawa Stwodah who was recently appointed as Assistant Chair of the Fashion Design + Merchandising department at our home campus in Richmond, Virginia.

Hawa graduated from the MFA in Design Studies program at VCUArts Qatar in 2016 with her thesis “Adornment And Modesty: A Symbiotic Relationship between Surface Design and Social Behavior”. 

She has taught in the Department of Fashion Design + Merchandising at VCU in Richmond since 2005. 

Hawa’s career has spanned many sectors within the fashion industry, including fashion and textile design, product development, technical design and production, as well as retail buying and education. She has worked in the United States and the Middle East, collaborating with companies in Europe and Asia, consulting on experimental design development using innovative textiles for menswear, women’s sportswear/activewear, healthcare providers and a series of entrepreneurial endeavors for infant accessories. 

Hawa is an illustrator and artist whose work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Her research focuses on exploring identity and social behaviors through the lens of surface design.

We wish her every success in her new role and we are immensely proud of her, as we are of all our alumni. 

Work by 2016 graduating MFA in Design student Hawa Stwodah at the VCUarts Qatar BFA and MFA Exhibition 2016, the annual exhibition of our graduating artists and designers.

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