Diana Jaye Coluntino
FOUNDER + DIRECTOR
Diana Jaye Coluntino is the Founder of New Vestures, fashion co-working space. New Vestures is one of the country’s first fashion co-working and makerspaces specializing in memberships for design entrepreneurs and workforce development training.
Formerly the Artistic Director of the Revolving Museum, Diana developed and worked on many community art programs and afterschool art classes, including Mural Crew, Artbotics and Article Fashion. During her 8 year tenure at RM, Diana produced over a hundred exhibits, art/fashion shows and public art projects. Diana studied fashion design and sculpture at Mass College of Art and Design where she later taught in the fashion department for 5 years. At MassArt Diana taught fashion illustration, marketing, millinery, couture techniques and more.
Prior to studying and working at MassArt, Diana spent 10 years in Caracas, Venezuela where she worked as a designer for Vasserett/Printemps Lingerie and Swimwear and Bo Desenos, an urban professional line for women and men. Diana’s early fashion education includes School of Fashion Design, Chamberlayne Jr. College (Mt. Ida) and a childhood beside her Grandmother who worked as a stitcher and sample maker for designers and manufacturers. Diana is a lifelong maker, artist and sustainability advocate. Diana has delivered workshops and presentations at Microsoft, NY Hall of Science, Siggraph San Diego, iRobot and American Textile History Museum.
From an early age Carla has had an interest in giving back to the community. She has been an active participant of community organizations such as Zumix, as a Youth Advisory Board Member and the Youth leader of a City Year/Revolving Museum mural painting project for the New England aquarium. Her interest in social issues and communities inspired her to attend Hofstra University and Hunter College respectively, where she studied communications and cultural anthropology. Carla continued to develop her interests by volunteering at House of Woman's Power to help empower young girls in an underserved neighborhood of the Bronx. Carla later returned to Massachusetts to work as a councilor to inner city youth where she worked for afterschool programs through Boston Housing Authority and the YMCA. As a MassHousing Finance Agency Intern within the Compliance and Diversity Division she tutored Boston Public School 5th graders in the STARR student program.
Carla's focus shifted to her home life in 2009 after the birth of her daughter, Zoe who was born prematurely. At this time she launched a catering business and focused on her family. Maintaining a home, family and food business she became ever more aware of what we put in and on our bodies. She saw the importance and impact her decisions as a consumer would have in her family and the world.
Carla brings to New Vestures her passion and deep understanding of people’s behavior and cultures as well as her experience in managing social media and communication tools to help the organization gain awareness and market stability.
MARKETING + MANAGING ASSISTANT
Sopheak Sam is currently a BFA student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he is a double major in Painting and Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM).
Sopheak works at the intersections of design, social practice, fine arts and new media. He was a finalist for the first ever EforAll (Entrepreneurship For All) business accelerator, and one of the selected awardees, and one of the youngest recipients to achieve this honor. Sopheak is interested in capitalist systems that inhibit environmental efforts, and has recently taken an art/design course in sustainable projects, where he brought to light corporate transparency in an installation and video performance piece: examining the unjust lobbying that led to policymaking against mandatory GMO labeling, as well as the information gap between people and products, as part of an entrenched consumerist culture.
Sopheak is the recipient of the prestigious Rob Moore Grant in Painting, the Morton R. Godine Fellowship, and was a painting finalist for the Yale University Norfolk Summer School of Art Nomination.
Sopheak is currently a summer intern for Sweety's in New York, and spent the previous year interning at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Colleges of the Fenway consortium. He has previously worked with EforAll, Cultural Organization of Lowell, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, and The Revolving Museum. He hopes to obtain a postgraduate residency in Cambodia to conjointly further his art, and do research on socio-political factors that affect urban and environmental sustainability in developing countries.