Introducing the versatility, comfort and pure joy of Madona Cole Originals silks and natural fabrics

Original Handcrafted Textile Designs ~ One-of-a-Kind Wearable & Wall Art

About the Artist/Designer

 
Artist, educator and designer of wearable art, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy founded Madona Cole Originals in 1982 upon completion of her studies toward a B.A. in art and design at Marymount College, where she had successfully created a series of African-inspired hand screened wall-hangings. Madona Cole Originals began as a part-time business prior to Mrs. Cole-Lacy's employment as a full-time teacher with the New York City School System. Madona Cole Originals became a full-time business in 1999, and in addition to designing tex tiles and fashions, she began to offer art related educational workshops. However, due to complications associated with the break-up of her marriage in 2000, the business took a back seat while she focused on the well-being of her children and herself. In 2002, Mrs. Cole-Lacy began to shift more of her energies back to Madona Cole Originals and gave birth to a second business,My Time Has Come. Through My Time Has Come, she offers art related cultural and social enrichment programs, that seize upon the affirmation of “My Time Has Come”, as a tool of empowerment to help and support others.
 
In addition to creating fine art, that one can wear as well as mount on their wall, she is passionate about educating, motivating and inspiring students, colleagues and customers. She stresses the significance of art and culture as a mechanism to break down barriers down, assist children and others in dealing with social and developmental issues, and last but not least, foster cultural appreciation. Thus her educational programs, combine art, fashion and awareness of cultural diversity.
 
Mrs. Cole-Lacy works with silk and other natural fabrics.  It is not unusual for her to incorporate authentic hand crafted ethnic fabrics as well as introduce genuine pearls and Swarovski crystals alongside other select embellishments.
 

Mrs. Cole-Lacy makes it a point to demonstrate the free-flowing quality and comfort of her luxurious silks, by draping her clients in yards of this solid-colored fabric which she would eventually embellish with her original fabric design techniques to create her one-of-a kind figure flattering unique fashions. The ‘draping' experience she offers her clients evokes the feeling of well-being, contentment and excitement for all concerned!   Mrs. Cole-Lacy  also offers free Dignity Enhancement workshops to women  and girls who are experiencing hairloss.

 
Mrs. Cole-Lacy creates all of her fabric and fashion designs in her studio on Long Island, New York. Her designs are inspired by her experiences from residing on three continents. She was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to parents who were instrumental in providing her with a broad educational experience. She completed High school there, and then traveled to the United Kingdom to study Art and Design at the London College of Printing in England before migrating to the United States to study at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York.  In addition to her B.A. from Marymount, she has attained an M.A. Degree in Art Education from Brooklyn College, and holds an entrepreneurship certificate from Hofstra University, Scott Skodnek Business Development Center.
 
She is now re-married and resides on Long Island in North Bellmore, New York, with her children and husband, James Lacy, who has joined her in building the businesses. Mr. Lacy, who is a skilled psychotherapist with nearly 30 years experience as an administrator and supervisor of human service programs, serves as Business Manager for MCO and Mental Health Director for My Time Has Come. As an extraordinary singer, song writer and acoustical guitarist, he incorporates culturally enriching musical presentations and concerts into My Time Has Come offerings.
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EDUCATION
Master of Arts in Education.
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
1990
 
Bachelors of Arts in Art and Design
Special Interest: Social Anthropology
Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York
1981
 
Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design, (Hon.) (Course work
London College of Printing, London, England
1977
 
Entrepreneurship Certificate
Hofstra University, Scott Skodnek Business Development Center (Awarded Roy C. Cacciatore Economic Development Scholarship by The Long Island Business Development Center and WEDLI/Dorothy Slacke Scholarship).
2004
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Entrepreneurship
President/Cultural Arts Educator
MY TIME HAS COME

2003 – Present

Presents art related multi-cultural and educational programs which foster appreciation, sensitivity, sense of self and tolerance to racial, cultural, ethnic and generational issues.
 
Educator, New York City Board of Education 1985 - 1993

Taught Art and Home and Career Skills to 6th and 7th grade students.

Successfully incorporated art and design skills in teaching major subjects.

Taught Graphic Arts Technology to 8th and 9th grade students.

Taught Fashion Illustration and Design to adults.

 
School Consultation

Classroom presentations and workshops covering design concepts, execution and use of authentic African textiles and providing students with a hands-on experience in creating African inspired textile designs on fabric.

  

 
Conducted Teacher training workshops addressing the incorporation of African textile and surface designing in their curriculums.
 
Organization Consultation
Art related motivational workshop for youth at a juvenile detention center, and cultural workshops for children and adults at libraries and museums.
Numerous presentations on textiles and fashions at  New York State libraries.
Numerous contemporary and African inspired wearable art fashion shows and exhibits at Nassau County libraries and organizational fund raising events.
 
Professional Art Shows
Long Island Arts Council Long Island Women's Expo
Art League of Long Island's Art in the Park
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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
Kappa Delta Pi: Education Honor Society
Surface Design Association                                              New York State Co-Rep
Art League of Long Island
Long Island Arts Council
Member of United Federation of Teachers and its affiliates, the New York State United Teachers and the Federation of Teachers(AFL-CIO)

Nassau BOCES Consultant and Fashion Design Technology ‘Business Partner'

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Conducts:                                                                                   Self-Empowering workshops for college-bound students.                                                                                                  Creative Conversations and Artistic Expressions

Dignity Enhancement workshops for Cancer support groups and Alopecia groups

 

Member, Board of Directors
Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. (Past)

Uniondale Early Childhood Center, Inc. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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