MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

Terina Nicole is the designer and founder of Jypsea Leathergoods. The New Jersey native creates beautiful, bold statement pieces for art & design lovers who enjoy expressing their individuality. Most recently, she co-founded DIY MakersCon with her partner, Nneka Saran.

Terina earned her degree in Accessory Design from the world-renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC  (2004), graduating Cum Laude. She worked in the corporate fashion industry in NYC as a technical designer for several footwear brands and clothing manufacturers. In 2008, during the financial collapse, Terina left the corporate design world after a series of companies she worked for went under. She gathered the works from 30 independent artists/artisans from around the country and established Down To Earth Boutique & Gallery in Suffolk, VA with her family.

After leaving corporate America, Terina freelanced for many indie fashion brands, taught fashion design throughout NJ, PA and NYC, and has published dozens of articles as a freelance writer for several art/fashion publications. She also authored a design book for emerging accessory designers, ENVISION: The Young Accessory Designer’s Guide to Collection Developing.

Committed to growing as a creative, she earned a BA in Art from Thomas Edison State College in 2011 and a Masters in Art with a focus on Design & Craft from NJCU in 2015. She is capable of a bit of everything from shoemaking, ceramics, packaging design, metalsmithing and furniture making, but specializes in leathercrafting.

Terina uses her skills to bring a sense of luxury and history to the products and spaces she designs by combining the exotic with the discarded, giving new life to old objects. Because she never knows what she will find, she must rely on her vast knowledge of design and her creativity to craft one-of-a-kind/limited-quantity products. This process makes each item as unique as it’s end-user.

Terina’s fashion design maker space/school, The Fashion Design Center of South Jersey, is her way of giving back to the community with classes, workshops, and resources that support emerging designers.

In early 2020, Terina launched a podcast for fashion professionals called The Fashion Industry Business & Career Show where she introduces the public to another aspect of the industry each week.

Terina is also a mother to 2, wife, and Girl Scout Troop Leader residing in the city of Camden.

Terina Nicole Hill and the products of Jypsea Leathergoods have been featured in HGTV’s Flea Market Flip, Upscale Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Essence Magazine, Huffington Post, ABC News, The Today Show,  BET’s Queen Boss, and other national and local media outlets.

I’m inspired by nature primarily. It’s the amalgamation of organic textures, colors, and materials that excites me. Combining traditional artisan techniques such as weaving, braiding, and other time-honored handcrafting with recycled objects and giving them new life or new meaning while helping to reduce waste is what I am MOST passionate about.

Old-world artisan leathercraft techniques found both in indigenous regions around the world and in my favorite high-end Italian fashion labels like Balenciaga and Bottega Venetta inspire me to apply artisan techniques into products that I design such as furniture, fashion accessories, and jewelry, and home goods.

Because I never know what natural materials I will find or have donated to me, I must rely on my knowledge of leather-crafting, metalsmithing, woodworking, design, and creativity to make every one-of-a-kind product. This process makes each item unique and special as its end-user.

I believe that a well-lived life has beautiful objects in it that bring joy and define individual personal aesthetics. These things are handed down, connecting generations as heirlooms. It is my calling to make such objects.

I have been teaching design classes and workshops to children since 2008 at institutions such as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Moore College of Art, the South Jersey Center of the Arts, and I’ve recently opened my own facility of learning; the Fashion Design Center of South Jersey. I am thrilled to not only empower the next generation of makers and designers but to offer guidance, resources, and mentorship for making creativity a valid career option for them.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OFFERINGS

Program Description:

Creation of hand-crafted eco-conscious leather goods.

Program Length:

TBD

Appropriate For Age(s):

Age 7 – Adults (Elementary, Middle School, High School)

Program Price:

$800 per day

Travel Fee: 

$150

Participant Limit:

40

Program Description:

Creation of hand-crafted eco-conscious leather goods.

Program Length:

TBD

Appropriate For Age(s):

Age 7 – Adults (Elementary, Middle School, High School)

Program Price:

$800 per day

Travel Fee: 

$150

Participant Limit:

40

Program Description:

Although the state of NJ is opening up and summer camps will be allowed to run, we at The Fashion Design Center of South Jersey are taking every precaution to stay safe and to keep you safe! And right now that means holding summer camp VIRTUALLY!

In Week 1 of Fashion Design Camp the focus is on home decor! You will learn textile design techniques to make your own versions of Mudcloth (a handcrafted fabric from Mali, Africa) and Shibori (a Japanese fabric dyeing technique). The techniques I will teach are faux methods or short-cuts and not the labor-intensive centuries-old techniques but give you a similar aesthetic.

The projects are as follows:

Mudcloth Napkins, Shibori Throw Pillow, and African Wax Print Photo Frame.

 

Program Length:

3 Weeks

Appropriate For Age(s):

7yrs to Adult

Program Price:

150

Travel Fee: 

NA

Participant Limit:

40