Carley Brandau

Chicago, IL


2018 Master of Design in Fashion, Body, Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016 New Artist Scholar, 2018 Luminarts Fellow

2013 BA Sculpture, University of North Carolina Asheville, Departmental Distinction


  • Sewing, hand and machine

  • Draping, patterning, drafting

  • Sculpting

  • Woodworking

  • Fabric manipulation

  • Weaving

  • Hand/detail work

  • Large scale installations

  • Painting


2018 Master of Design Thesis Show, Block 37, Chicago, IL

2018 "land of the ___" Sage Studios, SAIC, Chicago, IL

2016 Condom Couture, benefit fashion show for Planned Parenthood, Charlotte, NC

2015 Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015, Bakrushin State Central Museum, Moscow, Russia

2015 C3 Lab Grand Opening Exhibition, Charlotte, NC

2014 Camped Out on Greasy Grass: A Series of Portraits, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC

2014 Costume Drama Fashion Show, Asheville Community Theatre, Asheville, NC

2014 Double Rainbow Exhibition by Haley Nocik and Carley Brandau, Harvest Records, Asheville, NC

2014 Catwalk for Water Fashion Show, The Aveda Institute, Charlotte, NC

2014 Handcrafted Juried Art Show, Rocky Mount, NC

2014 Art Front Student/Alumni Show, University of North Carolina Asheville

2013 Solo Exhibition at Pink Dog Creative, Asheville, NC

2013 Annual Juried Art Show, University of North Carolina Asheville

2011 Art Front Student Show, University of North Carolina Asheville

Professional Experience

2017-present, mascot fabricator, Amazing Mascots + Chicago Costume Company, Chicago, IL

2018, Lab technician, Fibers Department, SAIC

2017 TA, Drawn to Print with Liz Ensz, SAIC

2017 TA, Columbus Wood and Metal Shop, SAIC

2015 Windgate Intern/ Independent Contractor, Black Mountain College Museum+Arts Center 

2014 Windgate Design Apprentice Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center under Randy Shull

2014 Visiting Artist at the University of North Carolina Asheville

2013 Teacher, Private Art Lessons, Asheville, NC, Ages 5-6

2011-2012 Shop Assistant, Brown's Pottery, Arden, NC

2010 Assistant, Chaotic Joy Glassblowing, Asheville, NC


Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Travel Grant Program Press Release

Asheville Citizen Times

UNCA Alumni Kudos

Black Mountain College Design Apprentice Press Release