Toia Rivera-Strohm

Adjunct Professor
Fashion Design

Toia Rivera-Strohm has an intense interest in Indigenous Weave Structures. She has traveled across several countries documenting textile techniques. She received the title Master Ashante Kente Weaver from Adamwomase, Ghana, West Africa in 2009. At that time, she was the only female, American weaver to achieve the title. She learned to weave Taanko from a group belonging to the Maori trive of New Zealand. It is her goal to help preserve the indigenous structures through video and woven cloth.

Toia also has a background in Electrical Engineering and Robotics. Currently, her focus has been on LiDAR and Unmanned Sensors (drones). She uses her knowledge in 3D design to build footwear and robots. She holds a pilot's license and actively skydives.