Creative Design: Professional

Delicacy Nature

  • Ling Zhang orcid logo (Iowa State University)
  • Li Jiang (Iowa State University)
  • Courtney Barbour (Iowa State University)


The goal of this design was to integrate the textile print design and the garment silhouette creation.  The questions we asked were: how we could use the draping techniques and the texture of the textiles to represent the aesthetics of the nature scenery? The design concept was inspired by the vibrant colors of the Grant Prismatic Spring located in the middle of GeyserBasin of Yellowstone National Park. The challenge for creating this design was to explore the possibilities of layering sheer fabrics to exhibit the beauty of the transitions of brilliant rainbow colors in the Grand Prismatic Spring. The dress was a successful illustration of nature’s uncanny creativity through wearable art. It utilized traditional draping techniques and digital pattern-making in combination with digital printing to maximize the precision of colors and prints. The adjustment of structure and silhouette thoroughly exhibits the dynamics and colorfulness of the Grand Prismatic Spring.

Keywords: Digital textile printing, national park, engineer print

How to Cite:

Zhang, L., Jiang, L. & Barbour, C., (2022) “Delicacy Nature”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 78(1). doi:

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Published on
23 Sep 2022
Peer Reviewed