design advisors

Design Advisors

Portfolio College Counseling recently launched its Design Advisory Group, a network of exceptionally talented design students and professionals. Our advisors mentor and inspire our students, the next generation of design leaders. The new, value-added service is available to all of our students by arrangement.

Natalia Trevino Amaro Fashion Design

Natalia graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with an AAS in Fashion Design in May of 2020. “I participated in the international program, so I actually spent my first year of college at Polimoda in Florence, Italy, and then did my second and final year in NYC. I currently run my own self-titled company, “Natalia Trevino Amaro,” in which I hand make clothing and accessories with an emphasis on sustainability. Along with that, I post videos on YouTube every week regarding my life, my business, fashion school experiences, Q&A’s, and a lot more! If I’m not sewing or editing videos, I’m most likely playing piano, reading, or hanging out with my dog.

Fran Beallor Painting and Drawing, Portfolio Development

Fran Beallor is a professional artist and arts educator whose specialty is helping students develop effective portfolios for art high schools, colleges and programs. She teaches privately and in small groups. Fran knows the value of one-on-one teaching; she is all about technique and loves to share her expertise with her students, who appreciate her style of encouragement and enthusiasm. She has also taught art at public and private schools in NY and for corporate students online.

Fran’s art has been exhibited at museums and galleries all over. She has work in the 9/11 Museum in NYC and Copelouzas Museum in Athens, Greece. She recently won first prize in the 2020 Morgan Library Museum Online Portrait Competition and is preparing for a solo show at El Barrio’s Artspace in NYC January 2021. Schooling includes Pratt Institute, Antioch College, Brooklyn Museum Art School and Art Students League.

Luis Beltran Architecture

Luis Beltran is currently majoring in architecture at Drexel University as a first-year student. Previously, he attended Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) n Miami, FL, where he studied architecture for three years and built a portfolio for college. He is also an advocate for sustainability in architecture; as time goes by, it will become more necessary due to our world’s current state. Luis also developed a portfolio for fine arts during high school to supplement his architecture studies. During his free time, he enjoys cooking and learning new recipes to make meals more culturally diverse.

Jeanette Fantone Animation and Filmmaking

Jeanette Fantone is an animator and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. She currently attends California Institute of the Arts as a BFA candidate in Experimental Animation. While pursuing her degree, Jeanette has received festival recognition (Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, San Diego Underground) and joined a multitude of projects with both independent and industry clients (Warner Bros., Netflix Internal, Nice Life Recording).

As an artist, Jeanette feels a strong gravitation towards digital/analog techniques and a lively enthusiasm for exploration of process. There is an innate presence of memory, longing, and emotional nuance that strengthens as she continues to nurture her voice.

Umut Guney Architecture

Hello! My name is Umut, I live in New York City and I am from Istanbul, Turkey. I received my Bachelor of Architecture with high distinction from Syracuse University in May 2020. I have internship experiences in architecture firms in New York City, Washington DC and Istanbul. I have experience in advising and assisting students and peers as I volunteered to be a peer advisor at Syracuse University School of Architecture and worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant in a course taken by freshman architecture students. In my experiences I realized that I enjoy advising younger students as I learn from their questions and thoughts.

Since graduating, I have been reading, drawing, collaborating with friends for an exhibition set to open in Berlin and participated in a design studio review as a guest critic. The pandemic offered an opportunity to explore new ways of creative input as we all try to adapt to the changing conditions surrounding us.

Bailey Martinez Fashion Design

Bailey graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in Fashion Design. Since then, she has worked as a stylist, as well as an Assistant designer. She now works as a freelance fashion designer and pattern maker in NYC. When pursuing her own design work, Bailey likes to take inspiration from music and her favorite style eras. She likes to incorporate texture, innovative style lines, and tailoring into her designs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, drawing, and watching a good film.

Avery Saylor Industrial Design

Avery Saylor recently graduated with distinction from Purdue University’s Industrial Design Program. She is IDSA’s Midwest District Merit Award winner for 2020 and has received multiple other recognitions for her designs including: Student Runner up and Community Choice Winner for Core77 Home and Living Category, winner of Delta Faucet Design Competition, and First Place thesis design at Purdue’s Undergraduate show. She enjoys the research side of design and loves to work with users to find the optimal solution, priding herself on well thought out, intuitive, and aesthetically pleasing design. She resides in Saint Joseph, Michigan with her husband Zach and puppy JoJo where she enjoys knitting/crocheting, baking, and renovating her house!

Chandler Sutton Graphic Design, IU/UX

Chandler Sutton is a graphic design student graduating in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Chandler’s practice includes a wide variety of design disciplines, with a particular focus on User Experience, Interactive Design, User Interface, and web design. Using a variety of mediums—in both print and digital—Chandler creates engaging visual communication between the client and audience. As a graphic design ambassador at CalArts, she guides and advises prospective and accepted students. During her time at CalArts, Chandler has held a series of leadership positions in extracurricular events and activities. Through her work, she demonstrates a thorough knowledge of design principles and disciplines.

Lily Xu Fashion Design

Knitwear designer based in NY, Lily completed her BA at the University of Technology Sydney in Fashion and Textiles Design with Honors and pursued her MFA at Parsons School of Design. Influenced by a background in painting and tailoring, her design practice is driven by a deep appreciation of color and materiality, technical knowledge and innovation. For Lily, garment making is a practice that allows for a tangible and physical documentation of diverse narratives, experiences and emotions. In focusing on the technical knowledge, skill and labor behind garment making, she hopes to create garments that are meaningful and allow for people to connect with clothing in a deeper way. When she is not tinkering away on her knit machine or starting another on a new canvas, (with half a dozen paintings yet to be completed) she is binging on podcasts and always on the lookout for cute dogs to pet.

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