Tanya White is from Kingston, Ontario where she was introduced to drawing, painting, and sewing. After a contemporary dance career she decided to pursue fashion design, completing an undergraduate degree at Ryerson University School of Fashion in 2009. During her studies she found that illustration provided an opportunity to exercise a distinct aesthetic voice. This creative outlet has been the focus of her master’s study, culminating with her final project, “Ornamenting a Narrative: An embroidered portrait” concluded in April 2012. Professionally she has worked as a freelance apparel and costume designer, seamstress and illustrator. Tanya’s costume design collaborations have included Dancemakers, Susie Burpee, Meagan O’Shea and Sasha Ivanochko. She is currently a full-time sessional professor at Ryerson University School of Fashion.