Davis DeFur

Fashion Studies, Fashion Merchandising (BA) ‘21

What would you say was the most surprising thing you learned at Columbia?

I was really surprised with how much I fell in love with printmaking, an art form that I don’t think I would have ever gotten into if it weren't for Columbia. The printmaking community here is so supportive, and I can’t imagine my time here at Columbia without meeting all those amazing people. 

What experiences or courses at Columbia do you feel have been most beneficial?

I was always on the fence when it came to traveling abroad through the school, but once the right J-Term program came along, I ended up having the best experience. I went to Bath, UK for two weeks and studied textile manipulation, and I was pleasantly surprised with how immersive and creatively challenging the program was. 

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation I’m going to stay in Chicago, and honestly, just work as much as I possibly can. Hoping to work my way up at my current job, as a Host at Restoration Hardware and eventually start working in their gallery doing curatorial work. 

Do you have any advice for current students?

I feel like everyone says this here at Columbia, but it’s just because it really is true that the more work you put in… the more you’ll get from your experience here. Try to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can.

If you were going to sum up your experience at Columbia in one sentence, what would you say?

Overall, my time here at Columbia has really shown me how much I value my education, and to make the fullest of any situation, because before you know it the opportunity will have passed you by.