Creative Design: Graduate

Pieces of Ocean

  • Sunhyung Cho (Iowa State University)
  • Rachel Jean Eike orcid logo (Iowa State University)


This design practice provides examples of modular design by exploring experimental pattern-making with fastening systems for convertibility. Modular design has the potential to “surpass the consumption mechanism for novelty and variety (Fletcher, 2008, p. 132).” These types of garments can be featured in diverse shapes; therefore, consumers can enjoy the designs in different ways and the products can have extended usage cycles. The ensemble includes two design pieces are: (a) pants that can be transformable to a cropped top jacket and (b) dress can be transformable to a top piece with sleeves. The consecutive yellow and pink shades on the surface design were intended to resemble the twilight along with the ocean blue. The outcome is an aesthetic design ensemble creating transformable design items for sustainable design practice. Also, it demonstrates the importance of durable and functional fastening system but also of flexibility of the design features for versatility.

Keywords: Modular Design, Experimental Patternmaking, Digital Textile Printing, Sustainable Design

How to Cite:

Cho, S. & Eike, R. J., (2022) “Pieces of Ocean”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 78(1). doi:

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Published on
23 Sep 2022
Peer Reviewed