Michael Cepress wears the hat of not only a designer, but also an educator. He has been an instructor in the School of Art at the University of Washington since 2004. At the university he has taught classes in Fiber Arts and Textiles as well as developed the curriculum for his course titled Wearable Art and the Body. Most recently his research interests have led him to create Counter-Couture: Fashion and Style in the American Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, a course taught in both the School of Art and the Comparative History of Ideas program at UW.
Cepress also serves on the Advisory Board for the UW Professional and Continuing Education Program’s Certificates in both Fiber Art and Fashion. He has been one of 3 instructors leading the Fiber Arts Certificate since its inception in 2006. He has also taught with the Summer Youth Program at UW, bringing his college-level courses to elementary and middle school students eager to explore the Arts.
Outside of the university Cepress teaches workshops and short courses independently through his design studio, as well as Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.