Creative Design: Graduate

Color Motion

  • Li Jiang (Iowa State University)


Optical art is a form of visual expression that is created by lines and shapes in sharply contrasting tones of black and white or in subtle hues of color on a physically static background. The initial goal of this wearable art design, Color Motion, was to explore more possibilities for creating optical illusion motifs with textiles in three-dimensional space. The design purposes for creating such wearable art were to: (a) experiment with the weaving combinations of different texture fabrics in four sequential color tones (black, dark grey, light grey, and white) to create the effects of an optical illusion, (b) apply optical illusion patterns to contemporary garments using innovative technology, such as laser cutting, and (c) transfer the two-dimensional optical illusion patterns into three-dimensional wearable art to enhance the visual effect on body shapes.

Keywords: Optical illusion, Laser cutting, Wearable art, Textile innovation

How to Cite:

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



Published on
20 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed