Assemble Lab's shift in fashion. Rooted In Fashion Founded in 2016, Assemble Lab develops and manufactures production for fashion designers. They have in-house pattern maker, sewers, and technical designers. Specializing in various services. Their design services include pattern making, sample making, sourcing fabrics, and flat sketches. Their technical services include tech pack, cost sheets, line

Ingrid Hess is an assistant professor of graphic design at UMass Lowell. She is also a children’s book writer and illustrator. In this conversation, she talks about the community at Western Avenue, her teaching philosophy, and her artistic process.

Angela Alés Illuminates the Subconscious and Humanizes Immigrants  Studio A413 and Loft 216 Artist and educator Angela Alés speaks about themes of immigration in her series, her teaching practice, and the community at Western Avenue. Alés, who received her MFA at Miami International University of Art and Design, is also a lifelong student of religion

A lover of history and old crusty books, Todd became interested in how books work during the many hours he spent among the stacks while pursuing his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

Western Avenue artist Michael Gruber enjoys distorting architectural compositions. This father of two received his architectural degree from Iowa State. Born and raised in Lowell, he enjoys painting local scenes and iconic buildings that evoke nostalgia.

Western Avenue artist Debra Bretton Robinson graduated from Mass College of Art with a degree in Painting and Art Education in 1991. Deb began painting at the age of four, and to this day she can clearly remember the moment she learned what an easel was in nursery school. Having the opportunity to paint standing up using an easel was a formative moment for this Plaistow, NH native.