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Dr. Amanda Thompson, Associate Professor in the Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design, created an informative, creative textile exhibit on the 3rd floor of Doster Hall. Using QR codes that link to more information about each piece in the exhibit, viewers can explore the history and technique of the various textiles and patterns on display. For example, items in the display that feature Mayan Weaving patterns have a QR code that that provides the technique, general processes used to make the designs, the traditional materials used, and how the designs are used in popular culture today. There is even information on where to find items for purchase and how much they might cost. Other textile examples in the exhibit include Japanese Arashi Shibori, Japanese Yuzen, Indian Resist-Dyeing, Wycinanki Polish Embroirdery, Northwest US 1st Nation Chilkat Weaving, Norwegian Knitting, and Japanese Sashiko.
Natalie Rye, a 2017 graduate with a degree in Fashion Retailing, won the Fall 2016 Mood Tote Design Challenge sponsored by Mood Fabrics in New York. Mood Designer Fabrics, with stores in New York City and Los Angeles, was made famous on the hit television show Project Runway. The national design competition was open to all persons 18 years and older and was promoted through Mood Fabrics' social media channels.
Natalie submitted a design featuring the store's official mascot, Swatch the dog, wearing a pair of blue sunglasses. The public was invited to vote for their favorite design via 'likes' on Facebook. Natalie's design made it through two rounds of voting to emerge the winner! Natalie retains ownership of her design for other purposes and the tote bag is available for purchase on the Mood Fabrics website. They have since used her design to promote the next design challenge.
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Apparel and Design students showcased their creativity and resourcefulness in the 2017 Tee Time Fashion Show that was held April 19th on the front lawn of Doster Hall. While the show typically involves sophomore students in the Apparel Production course, it is open to all apparel design majors who want to participate.
Students are asked to create one or two looks that focus on a mix of sustainable design using alternative materials or knit jersey fabrics. This year's show featured a number of re-purposed denim fabrics, bridesmaid dresses and, for those old enough to remember them, Laura Ashley dresses.
"It's basically an opportunity for sophomore and junior students to get outside the box," said fashion instructor Paula Robinson.
Brian Taylor, an instructor in apparel and design added, “It is an opportunity for the students to experience showcasing their designs to the public and going through the production of a fashion show."
"It helps them not be afraid to get out in front of people," Robinson said. "And every artist and designer is always afraid to get out and do that."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An unlikely collaboration between two University of Alabama colleges has resulted in an innovative, yet fashionable, way of displaying student work. The SHOE PRO-JECT started with one goal – expanding the College of Engineering’s 3D Projection Lab’s scope by providing its students with a remarkable “screen” on which they could showcase their departments’ skills, said Genna Jones, events coordinator for the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Brian Taylor, instructor in CHES’s department of clothing, textiles and interior design, suggested building a giant shoe as a 3D projection screen, while Jones had the idea to build the entire shoe out of shoe boxes. “CHES brought to the table the problem-solving resources and creativity needed to build a highly complex and sophisticated canvas on which to highlight the technical and logic skills of engineering,” Jones said.
Projection mapping uses a program that warps the image that comes from a projector in order to display onto multiple 3D surfaces. For instance, the program could be used to make every side of a cube a screen to project on, like how Disney World recently started projecting on the Castle at the fireworks show, said 21-year-old Laura Rubisch, a junior from Weaverville, North Carolina, who is double majoring in architectural and civil engineering. Rubisch has been “mapping” the footage that displayed on the 3D “shoe” screen. The engineering department had used the software on a trial basis, but the goal is to project onto buildings in order to work on blueprint plans or do presentations for special events.
Partnering with CHES allowed the department to test out the software on a smaller scale project and work out the different kinks, Rubisch said. With more than 100 donated shoe boxes, including several vintage shoe boxes donated by Taylor’s mother, Taylor and Jones began the process of building the high-heeled shoe in December. The shoe’s supporting structure was made out of boxes donated by University Printing, while the outer shell of the shoe was crafted with the donated shoe boxes. The entire piece is held together with packing tape and hot glue. Since one of CHES’s graduates, Stanley Hu, owns a shoe company, it was decided to top the shoe with two boxes from his company, Liuid, in recognition of his accomplishments, Jones said.
The footage displayed on the shoe was collected during an advanced apparel design course “Senior Shoot.” In this course, senior apparel design students design and create a cohesive collection for their target market. Those collections are photographed for the students’ portfolios. The students also had their designs filmed in motion to show fabric drape and movement. They discussed on camera their design philosophy and collection inspiration, and a collection of those videos was chosen for the shoe project presentation, Taylor said.
“I’ve loved working on this project because even though I’m an engineer I really have a joy and heart for fashion, so it has been so awesome to be able to fuse my two passions,” Rubisch said. “It’s been really cool to work with multiple groups on this presentation because every department involved sees different things in the project. The textiles department has an eye for detail and the creativity aspect, while the engineering side is focused more on the technology. It’s been really cool to watch this develop and has given me a large appreciation for both groups who are so different but work so well together.”