Fashion Design & Merchandising | Faculty | Kelowna



Deborah ‘s career encompasses fashion, film, music,  television, print journalism and education at the post graduate level and has spent most of the past 30 years in London, UK (with a couple of years here and there in Los Angeles and Vancouver).

In her work, she travelled extensively to New York, Paris and Milan covering the international Ready-to-Wear and Couture designer collections for print and television, interviewing such industry luminaries as Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Jean Paul Gaultier.  As a fashion stylist and journalist she has produced work for publications like Saturday Times Magazine, Velour, Pride, VIB (all UK), Sportswear International (NY), the Globe & Mail (Canada) and Hanutsubaki (Tokyo). She continues to write and organize fashion shoots for print magazines in Canada and the UK.

Deborah spent twelve years running BA programs in Fashion Journalism and Music Journalism plus an MA course in Fashion And Lifestyle Journalism for the University for the Creative Arts in the UK, and her favourite designers were Alexander McQueen and Martin Margiela, when both were at the helm of their own labels. 


Lindsay has spent the past 11 years working in the fashion industry in Toronto and Vancouver, where her experience includes production management; technical design and specifications for production; pattern drafting and garment construction; sourcing and purchasing; and sampling.

Her resume Lindsey includes fashion companies Lancaster Ltd, SBC Clothing, Orchard International, CYC Design Corporation and Jana & Co. Lindsay has worked with many large retailers including Holt Renfrew, Urban Outfitters, HBC, Bootlegger and Sephora. Lindsay has also spent two years teaching Fashion Illustration at Vancouver Community College.

Lindsay is very inspired by French designers and lists Christian Dior as her all-time favorite. Dior's "New Look" served as inspiration for Lindsay's grad collection at the Blanche Macdonald Centre for Applied Design, where she studied Fashion Design.

Ingrid Uhrich | Instructor  

With more than 20 years of fashion and design expertise, Ingrid Uhrich brings a perfectionist’s eye and a professional’s style to the Fashion Design Program. With a background in Graphic Design from Okanagan University College, Ingrid went on to distinguish herself as a Dean’s List honouree at UCFV West Coast, earning their celebrated Outstanding Achievement Award in Fashion Design. 

Over the years, Ingrid has worked in the design and product development departments for many global, national, and local fashion manufacturers. Today, Ingrid is the founder and lead designer of ARTBOX Studio Fashions - an exclusive couture service. Ingrid has also created Mama Ella Designs, a handmade, vintage apron line.

Shauna Weninger | Instructor  

Shauna Weninger received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design and Technology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and started her career in Vancouver, BC.  Shauna’s love of detail and beautiful fabrics led her to a position with a luxury lingerie designer Patricia Fieldwalker, in Vancouver. Shauna was involved in all aspects of the design, product development, and manufacturing sectors of this company.

With a strong belief that mastering technical skills is the foundation for extraordinary creations, Shauna moved to Kelowna in 2009 to bring her knowledge and passion to the Fashion Design & Merchandising program at the Centre for Arts and Technology. Now a part-time instructor in Kelowna, Shauna’s technical skills enable her to continue her work on a remote basis for Patricia Fieldwalker in Vancouver.


An Okanagan native, Bobbi-Jean studied Fashion Design at College Lasalle in Montreal before returning to Kelowna to start Search and Rescue Vintage, a virtual vintage store on Etsy.  One of her favorite things is sourcing vintage patterns and then manipulating them to fit modern bodies, and she also LOVES textiles, and has fond memories of her textiles teacher at Lasalle constantly burning swatches.


An accomplished sewist, passionate about fashion design and clothing production, Tracy Adams is an enthusiastic industry professional and educator.  After pursuing a Women’s Garment Pattern-Making Certificate at SAIT, Tracy went on to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion design.  After years as a seamstress and sewing floor supervisor in Alberta, Tracy followed her passion to Vancouver.  Once there, she worked as a design assistant on the Jax line through West Coast Apparel, and a merchandiser with Dish Jeans. 

danika ricci | instructor

With a diploma in Business Management from Seneca College and a certificate in Social Media Marketing from George Brown, Danika started her career in fashion.  After interning with the Slavin Raphael Agency, Danika became a buyer for Boutique at Seneca, and then a Sales Manager with Le Chateau.  After a few years as a buyer at the headquarters of Town Shoes, Danika became the Handbag Allocator and Replenisher for the company.  In this role she was responsible for analyzing fashion trends, product development, merchandising, inventory, and product launches.  Danika’s brings a broad skill set into the classroom at the Centre.