Cris Applegate trained in bespoke tailoring at Savile Row for 2 years, and is a master of bespoke tailoring in both European and American methodologies.

His experience in the fashion industry spans three continents for 18 years, and includes tailoring, design, product development, technical pattern making, costume design, manufacturing and higher education.

He is founder and designer of the menswear/womenswear brand Maximum and founder of the US/Philippines based manufacturing facility Sew-up, which produces mens and womenswear garments and accessories, with a technical specialization in sustainable materials such as vegetable leathers, pineapple leather, pineapple and banana textile fabrics.

Cris's ongoing client list includes: Saville Row Bespoke Tailors Steven Hitchcock, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Opera San Jose, Theatre Works, American Music Theatre, Paramount Pictures, West Valley College and Academy of Art University.

Cris has taught fashion 3D classes at several Bay Area colleges and joined the CCA faculty in 2017, teaching studio tailoring classes and building the digital patterning soft lab.

He is currently working on a book for educators on building curriculum and lesson plans for draping, pattern making, tailoring, garment sewing and student senior thesis collection development, which includes patterning for ethnically diverse body types.

Associate Degree, West Valley College Saratoga CA, BA,   Samson Fashion Institute of Technology, Philippines.

Lewis Bangham is an award-winning designer and fine artist whose range of experience includes storyboard artist, illustrator, animator, and game designer.

He has produced projects for a variety of clients including NASA, Capitol Records, 20th Century Fox, Siemens, and Apple computers.

As a fine artist, he has exhibited internationally. Bangham has taught at the Art Center College of Design, Stanford University, and the Art Academy University.

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BS, Art Center College of Design


David Casella creates his own jewelry and metal work designs for a variety of venues through his studio D.A.C-METALS. He works on private commissions, participates in selected juried shows, does contract work and has had his work shown in Bay Area galleries, he is currently showing at YJM Gallery in Berkley.

David’s past employment has included working at a coppersmith studio for eight years where he became lead production manager. He also worked on custom steel fabrication and consulting for Eric Powell designs.

David is currently teaching at The Academy of Art, Scintillant Studio, and The Crucible where he has helped develop the jewelry department, proposed classes and workshops since 2000. He also has been an active member of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area teaching workshops and participating in juried exhibitions.

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BFA: Maine College of Art (Metalsmithing and Jewelry design,1996)

Eddie Chau is a landscape architect, artist, and teacher.  He has taught freehand and mechanical drawing at UC Berkeley Extension, UC Davis, and the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the Masters Degree program in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley, he continues to practice landscape architecture as well as being a Program Director at UC Berkeley Extension.  

He enjoys drawing and painting, especially with pen and ink, pastel, gouache, and silverpoint

BA: Cal State Polytechnic Univ, MLA: UC Berkeley

Patrick Dintino is a fine artist whose paintings and collages have been exhibited internationally. He cofounded Artists in Motion art collective, a group of artists that created funk-art fashion, sculpture, and furniture out of reclaimed materials.

In 2000, he was invited as a guest artist to work with Sol LeWitt to create Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective at SFMOMA.

A finalist for SFMOMA’s SECA emerging artist award and a recipient of the Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grant, Dintino was recently included in the group show The Future of Abstraction at the Chelsea Museum of Art in New York.

An upcoming solo exhibition of his painting and collage work at Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco is planned for September.

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BA, San Diego State University; BFA, MFA, CCAC

Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, and educator from the Bay Area, California. Her writing and visual art have been featured in various publications such as Rust & Moth, The Brooklyn Review, The Womanist, Red Wheelbarrow, Solo Cafe, Mythium, Tayo, the anthologies Walang HiyaOver the Line, Kuwento,and more.

Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Her forthcoming graphic memoir CRUSHED will be published in 2018.

Trinidad teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California as well as several community workshops throughout the Bay Area.

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MFA: CCA, Comics

Josh Halstead is a senior designer on Landor’s global Marketing Communications team where he's responsible for translating business strategy into creative, bespoke solutions that push at the boundaries of design, technology, and branding. Drawing on experience across a broad range of B-to-B and B-to-C industries (from juggernauts to startups), he's identified recurring patterns that have shaped his problem-solving methodology around a systems-thinking approach.

Rigorously informed by comprehensive immersion and human-centered insight, he's created dynamic experiences that unify and amplify across platforms for clients in technology, financial services, consumer electronics, professional services, energy, and nonprofit spaces. Josh teaches in the professional program in graphic and UX design at UC Berkeley Ext., and is a published writer on the creative process.

BFA: Art Center College of Design

Melisse Herman is an artist who has taught in the degree programs at both Mills College and California College of the Arts.

She is in the process of negotiating locations to exhibit site-specific work as well as writing a book on her research. Herman has exhibited on both the East and West Coasts and is in a number of significant collections, including the Chevron Corporation and the United States Embassy, Hong Kong.

BFA, CCAC; MFA, Mills College

Briggs MacDonald's work ranges from residential to hospitality to commercial to institutional interiors. Presently in private practice, clients have included Vitra, Artemide, and Design Within Reach showrooms.

He has held positions as principal at Alamosa Design Associates, director of interior architecture at EHDD Architecture, and as design director at Mancini Duffy, all in San Francisco.

MacDonald has also worked with Andree Putman and Vignelli Associates in New York.

In addition to his private practice, he is faculty in CCA's Interior Design Program.

Current projects may be seen at

BArch, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Cleo Papanikolas is the author/illustrator of The Opposite Is Also True: A Journal Of Creative Wisdom For Artists, and Cook Until Desired Tenderness.

She illustrated The Comfort Queens Guide To Life and a line of over 100 licensed products based on the book.

Cleo’s paintings range from large murals in shopping centers, to oil on canvas paintings for fine art galleries, to small pieces for print and crafts.

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BFA, California College of Arts; MFA, University of California at Berkeley.

Hélène Park is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist and animator based in San Francisco. 

She currently works as a motion designer for Google Chrome’s UX design group. She has been a panelist at AIGA NY for New Narratives in Motion and a speaker at Google I/O for Motion Design.

Her animated icons can be seen throughout Google applications. She also enjoys making watercolor paints for her local art supply shop, Case for Making.

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BA, UC Berkeley, Practice of Art

Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. 

Currently based in San Francisco, California Erik has exhibited internationally in alternative spaces, commercial galleries and museums in Berlin, Brazil, Los Angeles, London and New York.

In the Bay Area Erik’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, Kala Art Institute and the Berkeley Art Center.  

Erik’s work is held in the collection of Molly Mae and Stanford University and has been included in publications including New American Paintings, the SF Bay Gaurdian, and the LA Times.  Erik teaches art in various locations in the Bay Area, has lectured at universities and given artist talks as well as garnered residencies and awards.

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BFA: The University of Texas at Austin, MFA, University of Wisconsin, Madison.(with fellowship)

Michael Slack is an artist, illustrator, and character designer. His character driven humorous art has been recognized by Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Applied Arts, Pictoplasma, Computer Arts, and SBS Digital Design. Michael’s illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and on TV.  His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. 

Upcoming books include Shorty & Clem (Spring 2017- Harper Children’s Books) Bunny Built (Spring 2018-Christy Ottaviano Books) Shorty & Clem Blast off  (Spring 2018- Harper Children’s Books) Standroid & Dandroid Make a Mess (TBD 2018)

Currently Michael is fulfilling one of his life long dreams of illustrating children’s picture books.

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Maureen St. Vincent has exhibited her work nationally, most notably at Regina Rex Gallery in New York City.

Her work has been mentioned in Artnet News and the Brooklyn Rail. In the fall of 2018, she will be a guest curator at Eastside International in Los Angeles.

She is represented by Y2K agency based in New York City.

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BA, San Francisco State University; MFA, Hunter College

Micah Wood has exhibited nationally and internationally with recent solo and group exhibitions at Simultanhalle, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, (Russia), Héctor Escandon, (Mexico), Johansson Projects, (Oakland), Egyptian Arts and Antiques, (Los Angeles), and the Fondation Des États-Unis, (Paris).

Micah was a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship (2015-16), and a scholarship for the Yale/ Norfolk Summer School of Art (2010).

Recent publications include “Looping, Vol. 4, Micah Wood” published by Yes, Snoopy, Dusseldorf, Germany. His work is included in public and private collections. He was a co-director at City Limits Gallery in Oakland, California, where he organized several solo and group exhibitions.

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BA, Earlham College; MFA, California College of the Arts

Eugene Young is an illustrator, fine artist and educator.

He has taught at Dominican University of California, in CCA's undergraduate Graphic Design program, First Year program and through CCA Extension. He is currently part-time faculty in the Visual Media Design department at City College of San Francisco.

As sole proprietor of Eurayo Design, he has produced marketing collateral for several Bay Area community-based arts organizations, nonprofits, and small businesses. Young is also known for his afrofuturism-inspired science fiction and fantasy illustration.

MFA, Academy of Art University; BFA, CCAC

Ben Peterson was born in Hawthorne Nevada, he has lived and worked in the Bay Area on and off for 20 years.

His current work consists of ceramic sculptures fired and painted to resemble archeological objects,or fragments of architecture. 

Petersons works are found in numerous public and private collections among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He is the recipient of the Pew Fellowship, the Eureka Fellowship,  and has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts as well as Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw Poland.

BFA, CCA. MFA, Stanford Univertity