I’ve always been surrounded by art. I’ve been playing music and drawing since my childhood. Later it became my profession. Since I love these two forms of arte qually, and they are both demanding, I decided to study them one by one – music first and then design. Upon completion of music college in Serbia 6 years ago, I went to New York where I lived for the next 3 years. In NY, I enrolled in a Masters Program in music and composition at CUNY. I also played keyboard in a funk/jazz/RnB band on weekends in a club. Inspiring as it is, NY opened my mind and I felt it was time to devote to design more seriously. In late 2007 I prepared my first design portfolio and start looking for industrial design schools. I’ve heard of a great and affordable program at the university on the west coast and in 2008 I applied and got accepted in a Masters program in Industrial Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. It was a fresh, new experience, switching east coast to west coast and full time studying industrial design. Next year, in the middle of studies, I got product design internship at Specialized Bycicles in California, a high end bicycle brand. For the first time I was able to design products that went into production (and get paid!). I designed bicycle shoes, bicycle components and graphic design for T-shirts. I also did some freelance work for other brands. Since I’m mostly interested in footwear design I also want to learn more about fashion, I applied to Domus Academy in Milan and won a scholarship. Now I study in the Masters Program in Accessories Design at Domus Academy in Milan. The program is focused on footwear and accessories. In addition to footwear (from sports to fashion), I love to design watches and glasses. I expect to graduate from Domus Academy in December 2010.