Our section was founded in 1992. It was IDSA's first section. Organized by Sharyn Thompson, FIDSA and Nancy Perkins, FIDSA as the Women's Section, our purpose was to increase the visibility of women in industrial design and to hold discussion forums at annual conferences. Our objective today is to continue to foster visibility of women as well as cultural and racial minorities. Providing this visibility showcases our uniqueness as a profession and encourages students to pursue careers in industrial design.
US sculptor, designer and educator born in Kansas City, MO and received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She studied sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute and painting at the Art Students League.
She married Alexander Kostellow and in the late 1920s taught with him at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA.
In 1938, with her husband at Pratt Institute, she taught industrial design, chaired the design department from 1962-1966, and continued teaching until 1987.
Believed to be first female industrial designer in the US, she was born in Ilyashevka, Russia and emigrated to the US in 1906. In 1920 she began working in her father’s jewelry store while studying at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League.
In 1929 she was employed by the Quaker Silver Co., which trained her as a silver designer at New York University, Rhode Island School of Design and at a Pforzheim, Germany Art School. She headed a department of twenty at Quaker in Attleboro, MA.