Cilia

Textural and tactile, the surface of the jacket is dimensional, offering play in the movement of each cilia-like felt tab. The re-purposed industrial felt tabs utilized in this garment challenge the senses of both the wearer and observer, and encourage interactions between them. Felt tabs, were applied using a lockstitch industrial sewing machine and built up row by row until the surface areas of the pattern pieces were completely covered. One inch seam allowances were left uncovered as they were necessary for assembly. The jacket was garment dyed using acid dyes in a warm bath. When dry, the seams were reinforced by hand. 

Techniques: CAD pattern drafting, hand and industrial sewing techniques, acid dying, reuse of waste materials

Peacocking

Collaborators: Diane Sparks

In a context in which the wider the belt, the puffier the skirt and the more outré the shoes, the better.  This outfit is tailored to style bloggers turned celebrities who preen for the camera outside fashion events in an effort to promote their personal brand of fashion. Appropriately, exotic birds inspired the textile design and were manipulated using Adobe Photoshop and Lectra Modaris. The design was printed using a Mimaki printer and set using a hot-pressure steamer. Garment patterns were drafted by hand, and the finished garments were assembled using industrial sewing techniques. 

Techniques: Computer graphics, digital printing, creative patternmaking 

PUPA BUTTERFLY

Collaborators: Juyeon Park & Casey Stannard

The concept of Universal Design (UD) provided a framework for this project to design women’s clothing in the transitional life stage from pregnancy to motherhood. A tunic dress and a support belt were developed and added elements such as relaxed fit, shirring details and reversibility. In order to accomplish the seven UD principles for women’s clothing, these features were included. For the textile design Adobe Photoshop and Lectra Modaris were used. The artwork was printed onto Nylon/Lycra jersey by a Mimaki printer and hot-pressure steamed. The finished garment was assembled using industrial sewing techniques.  

Techniques: Computer graphics, digital printing, universal design

Migration for a New Habitat

Collaborators: Huiju Park & Sandy Flint

This project represents creatures that have developed new adaptations to survive in the changing oceanic environment. The wetsuit pattern was created from a 3D body scan and flattened using Optitex 3D Flattening software. Flattening the pattern from a 3D scan to a 2D pattern ensured perfect fit and heating effectiveness through maximized contact with the wearer’s skin. Heating units placed inside the wetsuit provides efficient localized heating which can be regulated by the user. Artwork was created in Adobe Photoshop  and applied to the design in Illustrator to create an aligned engineered print. The artwork was transferred onto the neoprene (2mm) by dye sublimation and finished using industrial sewing techniques.  

Techniques: Computer graphics, engineered digital printing, 3D body scanning and 3D modeling

Workin'

Women's business wear collection that combined creative pattern making and digital textile prints. Lectra Modaris was used for the textile designs and printed onto silk chiffon, twill, and plain weave fabrics by a Mimaki printer and hot-pressure steamed. The garments were finished using industrial sewing techniques.  

Techniques: Computer graphics, digital printing, creative patternmaking

Painted

Inspired by impression period watercolors, this art-wear collection art-wear explored silk painting as a medium for creative exploration into different techniques to manipulate a hand watercolor effect on silk fabric. Hand painted, quilted, and finished, the art-wear pieces were accompanied by raw silk knitted shawls. 

Techniques: Silk painting using dyes, salts, and gutta, shibori, quilting, hand sewing, hand knitting

Collaborative Fashion

This article, as an exercise in collaborative fashion, is featured on the blog Fashion Forum. The Fashion Forum blog is devoted to showcasing exceptional work from the course, Fashion Theory, overseen by Van Dyk Lewis at Cornell University. Created from wool felt remnants, the collar piece of the design was initiated prior to the exhibition, and show attendees were encouraged to contribute to the design. The overall project was an exploration in the ideology of collaboration through the medium of fashion.  To read the entire research paper that supports this work, please click here.

Techniques: Draping, collective creativity, upcycle 

PICNIC IN THE PARK

Blouse and skirt upscaled from a vintage table cloth and napkins. The design was featured in an article in Budget Living Magazine (2007). 

Techniques: Draping

Budget Living Article

Study in creative patternmaking

Three jackets were created using creative patternmaking techniques. The jackest were embellished with machine embroidery. The embroidery designs were designed and digitized by the designer. The tan jacket was accepted to the 2006 International Textiles & Appparel Association conference. This was my first piece accepted to a design competition!

Last Updated: 11/9/2014