An Ayahuasca Sense of Fashion
Journalist Josh De Souza Crook's article explores synesthesia and sensory perception in terms of psychedelic drugs, and it’s correspondence with fashion, art and design. He interviewed Monica on her experience teaching synestheisa and creativity and how artistic practices can expand consciousness. Click here to read.
De Souza Crook, Josh. "An Ayahuasca Sense of Fashion." Pigeons & Peacocks Issue 8. December 2015: 84 .University of the Arts London.
Teaching Synesthesia as a Gateway to Creativity
This article encapsulates Monica's experience of teaching creativity within a higher education curriculum. Creativity often eludes common understanding because it involves using different conceptual streams of thought, often times developing unconsciously and manifesting in the prized “eureka” moment. In 2009, Monica began explaining the neurological condition of synesthesia and later introduced this phenomenology in a course designed to cultivate creativity to first year fashion design students. The University of Warwick graciously published her original research in Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal. Click here to read.
Murgia, Monica D.. Teaching Synaesthesia as a Gateway to Creativity. Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 305-313, apr. 2015. ISSN 2053-9665.
Clothing & Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe
.This 4 volume encyclopedia chronicals American fashion from the Pre-Colonial era to the 21st Century. Monica contributed several essays to Volume 3 | "Early 20th Century through World War II." A majority of her research focuses on how the American fashion industry became an autonomus participant in the fashion system, and characteristics of American style. Click here to purchase.
Murgia, Monica D. "American Fashion Design, 1940-`1945." Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe. 1st ed. Vol. 3. Santa Barbara: Abc-Clio, 2015. 32-34.
Encyclopedia of National Dress
This 2 volume encyclopedia explores the varied clothing and textiles of cultures around the world. Monica contribued the essay on Indonesian Batik, a wax-resist dyeing method of embellishing textiles. Click here to purchase.
Murgia, Monica D. "Indonesian Batik." Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing around the World. Ed. Jill Condra. 1st ed. Vol. 2. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013.
Speaker at the Eleventh Annual National Conference of the American Synesthesia Association
Lecture that expanded upon Monica's teaching methodology, artistic practice, and journal article "Teaching Synaesthesia as a Gateway to Creativity" (please see above).
A very special thank you to Carol Steen, Dr. Edward M. Hubbard, and the wonderful conference speakers.
Special Lecture: Fashion Illustration & Grace Kelly
Monica presented this lecture and workshop in conjunction with the exhibition, "From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY: Beyond the Icon" at the James A. Michener Museum.
Her talk explored how illustration was a major component of the fashion industry during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. A focus was placed be on analyzing the style and career of major illustrators and Hollywood costume designers that worked with Grace Kelly.