Once a student is able to see within and trust their instincts, the whole world opens up. Lynne Riding , Faculty Member , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
One of my first freelance commissions was for English Vogue. That was huge for me—giving me confidence and, as a professional, to see my name in print in Vogue!
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
We discuss the challenges of the fashion business in class—both the highs and the lows. I stress the importance of daily practice and work ethic...being responsible for yourself, your work, and your ideas. As I juggle my teaching, fashion illustration and artwork, I believe my students see and understand my commitment.
How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?
I try to instill a confidence in my students to develop their own ideas...to provide a catalyst for provoking thought and ideas. I believe that only when they have an all-consuming interest in creative work will a student be ready to question, and willing to evolve and change their original ideas, and avoid getting stuck. Once a student is able to see within and trust their instincts, the whole world opens up.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
The professional world operates by interaction. Collaboration enriches the design experience and opens students to the possibilities of what they can learn from working with diverse groups. Each student brings their own skill sets, strengths and fresh ideas, and that enhances everyone’s work.
What’s your one piece of advice for a student embarking on a creative career?
Have pride and respect for yourself and your work. Be willing to push yourself and to go the extra mile if necessary. Be consistent and reliable, always timely, and you’ll be called on again and again. Above all, don't give in. Persist, and it’ll happen for you.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I have many years of experience in teaching, both here and in the UK, and I’ve never worked with such a caring group of faculty, who give so much to the students.