Parsons Paris

Student Profiles

  • Elwyn Crawford '16

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    Why did you decide to study at Parsons Paris?
    I was inspired to come to Parsons Paris for several reasons: to experience my course of study within a European context; to work with my program director, Benjamin Gaulon; to attempt to become fluent in French; and to develop my career internationally.

    Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree?
    Prior to graduate school I owned an independent label, making made-to-order and one-of-a-kind artisan-crafted hats. Through my entrepreneurial endeavors, I witnessed the importance of independent thinkers expressing their vision within a community. I saw the ability to create positive change with alternative business models. I believe that ecologically sound social enterprise that supports the well-being of women workers can correct worldwide inequality. I wanted to take time out from my career and earn my MFA in order to crystallize my vision and methodologies creating wearable technology.

    Favorite classes:
    MFA Design and Technology (DT) Master Class & Major Studio: I loved the core of my program because we have been introduced to so many artists and designers along with various tools and techniques through which to express different perspectives—something that has consistently blown open the windows of my mind. I also loved Graduate French Reading.

    What activities did you take part pate in at Parsons Paris?


    Art Hack Day, at Parsons Paris
    Paris Fashion Week
    Sciences Po SPEAP design challenge for COP21 (Paris Climat 2015: Make It Work climate accord simulation) Theater of Negotiations, at Parsons Paris
    Fashion Tech Week, at NUMA


    Access: Culture(s) Electronique(s), in Pau, France
    Transmediale: Art & Digital Culture, in Berlin
    Refrag: Glitch, new connections between art, culture and technology, at Parsons Paris


    Social Media, 3D Design for 3D Printing, E-Waste Hacking, Sustainable Futures, and many visiting artist talks and events


    Code Club: founding member, weekly meetup to share, learn, and debug code
    Cine-club: good old-fashioned movie night


    Day Trip to Petit Trianon, Versailles; Contemporary Parisian Dance Performance; How to Be Parisian in 1 hour Comedy Show; Cinco de Mayo cooking party; French Wine and Cheese Pairing

    How does living in Paris affect your experience?
    It put a French twist on everything! Interestingly, studying the French language became an intriguing counterpoint to studying machine and coding languages. Furthermore, within a completely new cultural context, my mind became open and more curious despite the challenges and frustrations of being foreign in a new country.

    Have you gotten any internship experience?
    I spent one semester interning as communications manager and as an English language specialist for project POC21: Proof of Concepts for Sustainable Living.

    How would you describe your experience at Parsons Paris?
    It has been a creatively challenging learning intensive, and just small enough to allow for awesome one-on-one engagement with professors.