Creative Design: Professional

The Chaotic Beauty of the Pure Palette

  • Ling Zhang orcid logo (Iowa State University)


The objective of this design research was to integrate chaos theory as a foundational framework, effectively harnessing the dynamic interplay between laser cutting, minimal waste patternmaking, and innovative surface design with multi-material applications. The garment’s pattern-making process was influenced by the minimal waste approach outlined in the book “Pattern Magic 2”. The surface design drew initial inspiration from Liz Sofield’s artwork titled “Twisted Rhythm 2”. This project serves as a compelling testament to how the integration of chaos theory as a design methodology has opened new avenues for artistic expression in the apparel design domain. The design process for this design piece was a non-linear journey that involved numerous iterations, extensive testing, and experimentation procedures. It has not only contributed to expanding the knowledge base within wearable art design but has also highlighted the value of combining research, tacit knowledge, and the designer’s expertise to drive innovation in the field.

Keywords: Chaotic theory, fiber art, laser cutting, geometric shape

How to Cite:

Zhang, L., (2024) “The Chaotic Beauty of the Pure Palette”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
21 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed