Born in Korea but raised Italian-American on the North Fork of Long Island, New York, and currently residing in Brooklyn, Cassandra Dotzel is an artist who began her journey only drawing portraits in mechanical pencil but has grown into a designer who relies on her gut instinct and aspiration to tell a visual story.
C has cultivated a broad range of skills from working as a plastic specialist in classic car restoration, to working as a design assistant for leather goods, as well as working as a textile designer and stylist for costume design in theater and opera circuits; she is constantly working to grow in eclectic experience.
Even though, C received a business degree first in life, from there has completed the accelerated one-year Textile/Surface Design AAS program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC which focused her artistic path.
In her to search of being multi-disciplined in her craft, Cassandra studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia to complete another textile program with a specialization in screen printing techniques and digital production techniques, while also becoming enthralled with the city’s way of sustainability.
After studying in Melbourne, she went on to study traditional artisan craft all over Rajathstan, India –learning bandhani tye-dyeing, mud resist printing, block printing, and natural dying. She then returned to Melbourne again after graduation in NYC, to complete a studio internship with Linen House from placing in their annual competition.
Through the assimilation of a multitude of cultures and learning various techniques, she has honed her abilities to draw inspiration from and adapt to her surroundings –C has graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with a BFA in Textile/Surface Design and a minor in Fashion Theory.
Following the completion of her design and digital production internship with the funky wall-covering company, Flavor Paper in Brooklyn, she was hired full-time in their digital design department where she is continuing her growth of innovative art in the textile industry.