Diverse degrees, Fine Arts and Information Science, an interest in vanguard technology, and 20-plus years as owner/designer of her own fashion design company, have given Kathi Martin a unique perspective on current and future requirements of the fashion industry and the community of digital cultural heritage specialists. Her fashion design work is included in the Permanent Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has been in editorials in British Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Sunday Times Magazine, Harpers and Queen and other fashion magazines. The Drexel Digital Museum Project (digimuse), which she has directed, in collaboration with faculty and students from the iSchool, Drexel University, from its inception in 1998, has been recognized by the digital cultural heritage community as a model for best practices in image capture and information architecture.
Since 2008 she has led the American members of an international team of fashion designers, and computer and information scientists, researching virtual humans and their roles in fashion design and conservation of cultural heritage. The team is under the direction of Dr. Hyeong-Seok Ko, Director of Graphics & Media Lab, in the School of Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University and funded by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Brain Korea 21. She is the author of over thirty publications and presentations and an invited speaker to national and international communities of digital cultural heritage, fashion design and historic fashion. (view CV) She has sponsored visiting scholars from China, Egypt and South Korea and curated eleven exhibitions of design at the Westphal College.
She teaches CAD for Fashion Design, Drawing for the Fashion Industry, Textile Design, Swimwear and Children’s Wear Design in the Fashion design Graduate and Undergraduate programs.