Creative Design: Professional

Spiraling through Generations

  • Linda Ohrn-McDaniel (Kent State University)
  • Inger Ohrn
  • Greta Stenbom
  • Jonathan McDaniel
  • Justin McDaniel


Spiraling through Generations A dress starting from the idea that culture and craft lives and forms through generation. This gave the idea of working in a cross generational collaboration with my grandmother, (Greta Stenbom age 91) my mother (Inger Ohrn,) and my two children (Jonathan, 5 and Justin, 3). I started this design by draping using two spirals to create the fit and shape of the dress. I choose two linen fabrics; a hand woven sheet, and a new piece of cloth. Then handed the fabric with basted pattern shapes to my mother, who tie-dyed the fabric following the pattern shapes. After the tie-dyed pieces were complete, we together designed an embroidery carried out by my grandmother and my two children. It was a great process enjoyed by all involved, but also a memory that will be cherished for years to come a meeting of creativity across four generations.

How to Cite:

Ohrn-McDaniel, L., Ohrn, I., Stenbom, G., McDaniel, J. & McDaniel, J., (2017) “Spiraling through Generations”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 74(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
Peer Reviewed