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WELCOME, LOVES! I'm Laura Volpintesta.

 This is where fashion-adoring creatives of all levels can unwind and unfurl the wingsof their inner fire, honing their voice and style, and sharpening fashion art and design skills with more raw freedom, intuition, and adventure.  

This is the space where curiosity, discovery, inspiration, improvisation and innovation flow out of learning in a space of encouragement, support, humor, intimacy and openness.  

Our creative expression is a journey in the material world, but ultimately it’s a journey within ourselves, and our relationship to our own individual voice.

It’s the TONE of my courses that make a difference in peoples’ lives here. It’s HOW we learn and expand when we feel at home and safe to embrace our process while learning –that brings us to inegrate these professional, creative, quality skills at such a high level.

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I’m the Author of the Language of Fashion Design and 25 years faculty at Parsons School of Design since 1997- where’ I’ve had the unique opportunity to teach  a wide range of fashion design courses from 3 -D design,/ Draping, Patternmaking, Draping, Sewing and Construction, Beginner and Advanced Fashion Illustration, Fashion Design Portfolio Development, Concept Creation and Research for Fashion, and Fashion Model Drawing -in their BFA, AAS, and Certificate programs, both online and on-campus

There is nothing in the world like watching the world of art and design open up in the hands, heart and soul of YOU as your journey unfolds and your creative voice starts to sing, at first so  softly, then builds through embodiment of technique, self-knowledge and discovery. 

It’s a tremendous unfolding of your wings… we “clear” any of the clogged pipes to your creative outward expression  from your inner voice.

I am deeply honored to be a part of your journey. There are free resources to support you  everywhere on this blog, videos, tutorials, and more on the sales pages for each course.  

There are my signature programs and private coaching options you can add to the programs,  and also inexpensive prerecorded workshops and free bundles. Whether you enroll in a program or browse around, I invite you  to tune within and feel the creative energy bubbling up from that source within you that is always with you– and thank it for taking you on this journey and staying by your side. ! 

I want you to know without a DOUBT that if you have the desire and the love to create, then there is no way on earth that it is not within your power and ability to do so. Your desire that brought you here is your destiny to acheive it!

Now, let’s dive in.


Click on any course below to visit the sales page, most of the  sales pages have free tutorials to enjoy!!

Adobe fresco for fashion illustration by Laura volpintesta

Learn creative, professional fashion design, sketching, technical and fashion illustration online through an atmosphere of FLOW, enjoyment, exploration and innovation.

I intentionally crafted these SOULFUL Fashion Art and Design Foundation courses for you to learn –from anywhere, anytime–for a lifetimeof enjoyment. You’ll experience and create with skills that become a part of you to LIVE in and with creativity, discovery, evolution and expression.  You’ll find yourself supported and guided on a journey of soulful self discovery in the process. Immerse yourself in the flow and spark of personal evolution through the arts of fashion.

Join a program today, or come browse the blog for tips, exercises, tools, examples, and inspiration!

Laura Volpintesta, founder, fashion Illustration tribe.

I’m your, coach, a fashion author, course creater, designer, artist, and guide. I created Fashion Illustration Tribe as a space to discover and express yourself through your passion for the traditions, possibilities and innovations of  fashion, design, arts, and illustration. As you encounter challenges along your journey to fuller expression, I’m here to guide you over those hurdles and enjoy the discoveries on the other side!

Discover your personal fashion design and illustration style through embodying skills and techniques that give you confidence through experiential learning that embraces exploration and following your heart. Where fashion is JOY. Where fashion is your playground

Each blog post,  course and program I offer incorporates one skill at a time to add to your skill set, intentionally, as each one is an incubation container for freedom and development that leads to the next- but in a way that keeps you at the center of the experience, motivated from within you and your deepest knowing, calling, and your deepest desire, placing your own values as the guiding force in your journey.

Choose self-study, or coached study options to get the one-to-one attention that can boost your experience even more as we engage and witness your progression together.

What my students say:

“The Fabric & Flow Course is great for developing your skills and unleashing your creative spirit. Laura shares her skills, tips and words of wisdom from her lifetime experience as a fashion designer and educator in a fun and accessible way. I was able to find more confidence and freedom going through the exercises and found new ways of working that have helped me develop my skills - all while having fun! I know of no other course like it and highly recommend it. - Fifi


"Laura demystifies the fashion design process with a unique set of online courses designed to develop your design skills in an accessible and supportive environment. She is committed to her student’s development and teaches with a warmth, kindness and contagious enthusiasm for creative exploration and personal growth. A born teacher with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the fashion industry, Laura will inspire and empower you whilst being your biggest cheerleader as you develop and reach your goals."
Laura Hickman
Fashion Illustrator and Designer

Nourishment and Encouragement:

"To find a teacher in the arts who offers up everything they know and more, and whose sole purpose is to see you 'fly'- ... is extremely rare. Laura is one of those teachers. She set us up for success in so many ways. Generosity, creativity, and encouragement-- plus a solid foundation in basic art-- were all part of her teaching. I created some of my best work in her Fashion Drawing 1 class and still rely on many of the techniques. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been her student."
Jacqueline Heloise
Jacqueline Heloise
Fashion Illustrator and Designer


"Teaching isn't just skill....Laura, your personality makes me feel like I can do anything. I've never done this before, and I've amazed myself!"
Tatiana Light
Tatiana Light
Fashion Designer

Structures and Formats for Success:

“I have nothing but good things to say about your portfolio class. You helped me in many ways but one of the most valuable holes you filled for me was on how to organize my thoughts when sketching. Its difficult to harness the muse in any kind of orderly way but your method has served me well. Both in that I came out of Parson’s with a strong portfolio that is single handedly responsible for landing me interviews ...but has also cinched the position at two different design firms now... Your drawing and the Portfolio are some of the most valuable things I got from Parsons as a whole. So thanks a bunch. You revved up my engine and Im still travelling on that momentum”-
Lauren Jones, fashion designer
Lauren Jones
Fashion Designer,Illustrator, Print Designer

Warmth, magic and JOY:

"I was fortunate to have such a wonderful professor for my Fashion Industry Design class(at Parsons). Laura is a talented designer/ illustrator, amazing tutor, and deep personality. Her open-mindedness, support, warm and kind attitude creates absolutely magical atmosphere in class. Laura is so alive, sincere, joyful and creative, it touches everyone. There is no chance a student can stay away from such great energy!"
Ev Bessar, fashion designer, knitwear and fine artist
Ev Bessar
Fashion Designer,Artist, PhilanthropistIllustrator, Print Designer

Experience for a Lifetime:

"I genuinely cannot say enough about how important your classes were to me and how much I loved them :0). In my time at Parsons I must say Laura’s class was my favorite! … where I truly learned the most about fashion drawing. I gained an understanding and awareness of proportion and how the human form reacts to movement…. tI was a student at Parsons over five years ago, but he skills I learned in Laura’s class have stayed with me. More importantly, though, is how much FUN her classes were, and how inspiring Laura is as a teacher! She encouraged us not to be afraid of color, shape and movement in our work! And this is what made everyone strive to create something unique and beautiful! Laura is a gem! A beautiful person inside and out, and one of the best teachers I have ever had, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her!"
fashion professor testimonial
Beth Gillespie
Fashion Illustrator and Designer

Professional Educator:

“Probably about 25 years ago, I hired Laura to teach at Parsons. She was excellent then, and has continued to innovate and expand as a teacher and as an artist. She’s without questions one of the best I’ve known”
Pamela Klein, artist
Pamela Klein
fine artist, designer, former chair at Parsons School of Design

Passion plus Expertise all in one place:

"Laura is a talented, wise and passionate artist and teacher. Her courses are filled with amazing content delivered to build a solid technical foundation in illustration and fashion design or to expand on her students' existing skills. Her courses are appropriate for designers who want to develop their illustration skills, students who are building a portfolio for fashion design school, and anyone interested in fashion illustration or the design industry. Laura is an expert instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Laura is offering something that no one else is: professional design school courses with personalized, private coaching available online wherever you are in the world.."
melissa darou
Melissa Darou
strategic marketing and retreat facilitator

Heart and Soul, Practical and Joyful:

"Laura puts her heart and soul into HOW she approaches teaching (fashion) illustration/drawing. Her gentleness, innovation and enthusiasm puts my self-doubt at ease and propels me to practice without judgement. I've studied with other college level instructors and what sets Laura apart is her unique way of breaking down visually complex forms into simple practical steps. She sets her students up to build confidence and achieve consistent progress. She sets her students up to Win, with great empathy joy and care!"
Teresa Capaldo
Teresa Capaldo
Multi-Media Artist & Small Business Consultant
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