Creative Design: Graduate

Art of Nature, Chambered Nautilus

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The chambered nautilus, also called the pearly nautilus, is the best-known species of nautilus. In 2018, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) listed the chambered nautilus as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The goal of this design project was to use apparel design as an expressive language, in the form of a wearable art vision, to showcase the art of one of the world's oldest creatures, the chambered nautilus. Simultaneously, this design project calls for nautilus shell collectors to appreciate and celebrate the beauty of nautilus shells in other ways than collecting; it is also a call for audiences to avoid buying them at will. Maintaining species diversity is an important means of achieving sustainable development. Publicity and appeals in the form of clothing to raise public awareness of nautilus protection are as important as actual conservation actions.

Keywords: Laser cutting, surface design, wearable art, natural art

How to Cite: Jiang, L. & Zhang, L. (2022) “Art of Nature, Chambered Nautilus”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings. 79(1). doi: