Creative Design: Professional

Over Underworld

  • Nate Robison (University of Delaware)
  • Adriana Gorea (University of Delaware)


Though the ubiquity of images on clothes may desensitize us, it can be productive to remind us of the image’s strange role on clothing, such as expressing identity, social engagement, and communication. This design project was an exercise in awareness for that strangeness, aiming to re-fresh the symbolism of our clothing by tapping into childhood memories. Two major goals were pursued when conceptualizing this look: (1) merging the imagery on the garments and creating a physical scene that the viewer and wearer could imagine themselves inhabiting, and (2) using the wearer’s body to bend the rules of two-dimensional images, capitalizing as much as possible on the two-and-a-half-dimension concept. The inspiration came from browsing children’s sweaters shown in a Knitwear course, with three-dimensional details and all around the body designs. The designer aimed to use every thread as a piece of a scene, forming not just a doll house, but a sky, a grassy lawn, and a mysterious underground, all brought together in a comfortable, conversational, fun, and ageless outfit.

Keywords: knitwear, emroidery, intarsia

How to Cite:

Robison, N. & Gorea, A., (2024) “Over Underworld”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
23 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed