Meet one of our new faces to Make48. Whitney Manney is a Kansas City, MO native, who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with a BFA in Fibers. With a desire to create art in a wearable format, Manney creates garments and textile designs under her independent label WHITNEYMANNEY.
Manney’s work has been featured in major Kansas City press outlets and numerous art/fashion blogs. As a 2017 AltCap Your Business, 2015 M-AAA Artistic Innovations, and 2013 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient, Manney has made an impact in the community through teaching partnerships with the HALO Foundation and various area schools.
Her collections have been retailed at boutiques and retail stores, including Halls Kansas City and showcased in more than a dozen regional runway and gallery shows including solo exhibitions at The Box Gallery & UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City Fashion Week, Saint Louis Fashion Week and Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University.
Manney is currently a resident artist at The Drugstore Studios in Westport Kansas City operating her eponymous fashion label. Creating a narrative between color and pattern is a signature of Manney’s work, “My job isn’t done until everybody in the world believes fashion is art.”
Whitney’s skillsets include: Sewing (hand and machine), sewing pattern drafting and grading, surface design (dyeing, airbrushing, painting, screen printing, hand embroidery), laser and vinyl cutting, digital pattern design and vectoring. We’re excited to have Whitney on the Tool Tech lineup for Season 4!