Textile Design Exhibition Fall 2023

On Friday, December 8, 2023, Textile Design students graduating with their Master’s or Bachelor’s in Science exhibited their work at the Design Center. It was a beautiful show, and the students should be proud of the work they created. The show touched on themes of empowerment, memory, and sustainability, highlighting each person’s expansive journey of education in pursuit of their degree.

Kavyashree Mruthyunjaya Swamy, Master of Science, Textile Design:


 “Soul Alchemy”—This thesis collection, inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) revolves around the intricate relationship between nature, human well-being, and artistic expression, with a specific emphasis on sustainability principles. One of the core pillars of this endeavor is the conscientious choice of materials and processes for creating a print design collection. In adherence to sustainability principles, the collection takes its inspiration from natural dye sources. Natural dyes, derived from organic materials like plants and minerals, are inherently eco-friendly as they significantly reduce the environmental impact associated with synthetic dyes, which often involve harmful chemicals.


Rachel “Flora” Walsh, Master of Science, Textile Design:

“Celebrating Women’s Artistry: Merging Textile Arts and Fine Art through Patchwork Dresses”—This thesis centers on the reevaluation of women’s work within the realm of fine art, emphasizing the artistic merit of textile arts, specifically quilting, and patchworking.  Through an in-depth exploration of Amish quiltmaking and patchworking traditions, the research underscores the rich heritage of women’s contributions to these crafts. The surface pattern designs conceived for this collection serve as a visual tribute to the enduring legacy of women’s labor over centuries, advocating for its rightful recognition. By interweaving elements drawn from the domestic sphere, such as block-printed stitches, working hands, and natural motifs, the collection of block-printed, patchworked dresses seeks to evoke a sense of tranquility and whimsy. These patterns are intended to transform patchwork dresses into wearable canvases, bestowing upon the wearer a profound appreciation for the significance of women’s work.


Eleanor Jackson, Master of Science, Textile Design:


“Sense Memory: Like a Stream”—This woven thesis collection explores how the five senses hold memories that the more conscious brain does not, and how those sensory impressions can be translated into woven cloth. It looks at the mechanisms of sensory memory and explores the implications that this has on the lived, emotional, human experience. Sensory experiences can evoke autobiographic recollections and create an emotional response. By understanding and using sensory memories, one can bring forward long forgotten memories and improve well-being. Not only does this provide immense comfort, but can also improve recognition and the sense of self.


Cierra Colleran, Bachelor of Science, Textile Design:

“Summer Camp Nostalgia” – This knitwear collection speaks to fond memories of summer camp. Inspired by the designer’s experience as a former camp counselor, the pieces celebrate the dual nature of camp: playing away from home and the responsibilities of caring for kids in a remote campground. Each sweater speaks to a specific sentimental tenet of the summer camp experience, from tie-dying t-shirts to staying warm by the fire. The collection includes sweaters of simple construction and gradually advances to more sophisticated designs, mimicking the transition of growing into and then out of the life of a camp counselor.

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