Annin Barrett

Fashion Design

Fashion Instructor
The Art Institute of Portland

Annin Barrett

Keep at it. Never stop learning. Annin Barrett , Fashion Instructor , The Art Institute of Portland
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

I take classes to visit design archives for professional level research, and I bring in guest speakers from my network.  

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

I often have students work in pairs or teams to pitch ideas, iterate designs, and revise prototypes. This interaction creates lots of energy and inspiration. Focused group research and discussion develops new work that surprises everyone with its innovation.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

Design is all about teamwork.  Understanding and valuing different perspectives gives projects more depth of meaning and reaches more audiences.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

Keep at it.  Never stop learning.

How can people find out more about you and your artwork?

My website address is