Creative Design: Graduate

Depth of Color

  • Sunhyung Cho (University of Missouri)


This design transposes verbal descriptions to tactile ones to extend the aesthetic color ranges of people living with vision impairments. Tactile expression of color is a new approach in clothing design that expresses the color without exploiting visual elements. To express the depth of color, the designer employed a laser cutting technique to communicate changes in color hues by creating cutouts from a fabric overlay that has a strong tactile texture to reveal a hand-hand painted colorful fabric underneath. The designer laser-cut the main textile of the first layer with ellipses of various sizes. The size of the ellipse corresponds to the size of the shape where lighter shades of blue are represented by smaller circles and darker shades are represented by more elongated ellipses. This results in a strong aesthetic effect where the garment represents the deep and lighter colors by the variation of frequency or size of the circles.

How to Cite:

Cho, S., (2017) “Depth of Color”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 74(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
Peer Reviewed