Creative Design: Professional

Oyster Shell: A Tribute to the Oregon Coast Part 2

  • Laura Kane (Framingham State University)


My design scholarship is rooted in the translation of natural movement, texture and phenomena into original surface and textile design. Oyster Shell is the second in a series of garments dedicated to the natural elements found along the Oregon coastline. The aim of this project is to translate the surface design of a golden oyster shell on the beach into a garment. I chose to sculpt the body of the jacket out of Worbla's Finest Art. Worbla is a thermoplastic material that can be shaped and adheres to itself when heated. The overall silhouette of the ridges and structure were first built up on a dressform using plastic wrap and duct tape. Once the form covered, the Worbla was sculpted directly on the form. The overall goal with the silhouette of the piece is to make the wearer appear that they are wearing an open oyster shell.

How to Cite:

Kane, L., (2017) “Oyster Shell: A Tribute to the Oregon Coast Part 2”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 74(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
Peer Reviewed