Creative Design: Graduate

Save the Coral

  • Li Jiang (Iowa State University)


Beautiful and fragile coral reefs are home to millions of fish and are fundamental to human survival. Coral bleaching is a global crisis caused by rising ocean temperatures from climate change, particularly by carbon pollution. The subject matter at hand pertains to the multifaceted aspects of environmental pollution and carbon emissions, including their devastating impact on vulnerable coral reefs. Despite the significance of these issues, there remains a lack of understanding among some individuals, highlighting the need for continued education and advocacy. Save the Coral effectively highlighted the splendor of vibrant coral reefs as well as the stark contrast of bleached corals through the skillful integration of advanced technologies. The comprehensive design and research process has the potential to educate a wider audience, including young people and students, on the detrimental effects of environmental issues on coral reefs. 

Keywords: Digital textile printing, Engineered print, Environmental protection, Hand couching technique

How to Cite:

Jiang, L., (2024) “Save the Coral”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
20 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed