Weaving Together a Career in Fabric

Weaving Together a Career in Fabric

The tropical climate of Trinidad and Tobago is much like a Wisconsin summer, only year-round. So, for Violet Davis-Maurice ’85, the Wisconsin winters were memorable, to say the least.

Davis-Maurice braved the frosty Midwestern climate to study clothing, textiles and design at UW-Stout.

“Even though my country is neither a producer of fiber or fabrics, we are end users,” she says. “Our import of both functional and fashion fabrics is huge in terms of dollar amounts.”

Her industry, like many others that rely on technology, is what she calls a “moving target.” She continually updates her knowledge with training from around the world—India, Singapore, Malaysia and Brazil—and plans to pursue a doctoral degree.

Davis-Maurice works at the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, where she leads the Fiber Products Laboratory. She also teaches at the University of the West Indies.

The common thread of her career, however, is the intentional mixing of managerial and technical tasks. Her versatility gives her freedom to follow a path of her choosing.

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