Jessica Cristan Frantal
Jessica Cristan Frantal



2016          MFA in Design Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Madison, WI
                        Thesis Title: Systema Technaturæ
2008          Bachelor's Certificate in Apparel Product Development, Mt. Mary University; Milwaukee, WI
1999          BA in Communications, St. Norbert College; DePere, WI


2017-Present    Assistant Professor, Mt. Mary University; Milwaukee, WI
                                Advanced Construction Techniques, Tailoring, Draping, Junior Collections, Optitex, Fashion Design I 2017     Adjunct Faculty, Art Institute of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI
                                Product Development, Design Studio: Women’s Wear
2010-2017     Adjunct Faculty, Mt. Mary University; Milwaukee, WI
                                Advanced Construction Techniques, Patternmaking I & II, Junior Collections, CAD Graphics I & II, Optitex, Fashion Concepts and Careers
2015                     Lecturer, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Madison, WI
                                Collection Development
2013-2015          Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Madison, WI
                                Design Fundamentals, Wearable Technologies, Textile Design: Manual & Computer- Generated Imagery, Collection Development, DesignLab

Professional Experience

2016                    Project Assistant, textiles and technology, Design Studies; UW-Madison, WI
2010-2013         Assistant Technical Designer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company; Milwaukee, WI
2008-2012         Owner/Designer/Production Specialist, Mad Scientist Designs; Oak Creek, WI

Awards & Exhibitions

2016   Exhibitor – “Wearable Technology: Where High Fashion Meets High Tech”, Madison Science Museum
2016   Systema Technaturæ (solo exhibition) – UW-Madison
2016   Exhibitor – Design Studies Graduate Student Showcase, UW-Madison
2015   Comfort Zone (solo exhibition) – UW-Madison
2015   Most Technically Challenging Hack – Kent State Fashion/Tech Hackathon
2014   Best in Show, Recycled Garment - “Remix” Fashion Show, UW-Madison
2013   Exhibitor – “Here & Now” Design Exhibition, UW-Madison
2013   Exhibitor – Wearable Technology Exhibition, UW-Madison
2008   Best of Show, Outstanding Design Talent – Mt. Mary College Fashion Show

Student Awards

2016   CREO Fashion Show, Mount Mary University
               Sandra Tonz Outstanding Collection Award, Best in Show – Tamara Sanchez
               Most Marketable Collection – Ashley Lehnen
               Sister Alyose Outstanding Construction Award – Beth Yang
               Outstanding Patternmaker, Outstanding Tailoring – Duyen Nguyen
2015   Sergenian's Rug Design Competition, 1st Place – Erin Schulenberg


  • Gerber WebPDM

  • Optitex

  • Patternmaking & draping

  • Pattern grading & marker making

  • Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat)

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)

  • Kaledo/U4ia/Pointcarre

  • Windchill FlexPLM

  • Arduino

  • Electronics

  • Communcation, oral and written