Creative Design: Professional

Macchia Spiral Into Zero-Waste Times Two

  • Colleen A Moretz (West Virginia University)
  • Sandra Keiser (Mount Mary University)


Macchia Spiral Into Zero-Waste Times Two effectively addresses the environmental concerns of pre-consumer textile waste while creating an innovative design that speaks to the form and function of the body. Acid and fiber reactive dyes were used to get to the depth of color achieved in Chihuly's glass. These dyes can be safely disposed and are more fast to light and washing, giving the garment a longer life than what might be achieved with natural dyes. The outcome of the Macchia Spiral Into Zero-Waste Times Two garment was unexpected, inventive, and freeing. The design process of starting with the pattern deviated from the designer's traditional method of starting with a preconceived design and then developing the patterns. The experimentation of the double spiral pattern will continue, creating zero-waste garments.

Keywords: Spiral, Zero-waste, Shibori, Sustainability

How to Cite:

Moretz, C. A. & Keiser, S., (2020) “Macchia Spiral Into Zero-Waste Times Two”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 77(1). doi:



Published on
28 Dec 2020
Peer Reviewed