Creative Design: Professional

Color Hearing: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

  • Jessica L. Ridgway (Florida State University)
  • Laura Kane (Framingham State University)


The design challenge was to take a complex, multiple-instrument song, anduse design elements to emulate “color hearing” through the creation of a textile print(s). Additionally, the design team sought to create a garment that best represented the origin and popularization of the piece of music by capturing elements of the song’s history and visuals from the movie to which the song is best known. The incorporation of history builds upon past design scholarship, however, the incorporation of elements from the movie extends past design work in psychomimicry. The following research questions were explored: How will three different instruments be interpreted into a textile print that represents one piece of music? How can the inspiration of elements of weather, such as a tornado, influence design decisions? What design elements can be used to generate a visual connection between the viewer and the piece of music?

Keywords: psychomimicry, transitional design, historic reference, textile print design, design collaboration

How to Cite:

Ridgway, J. L. & Kane, L., (2024) “Color Hearing: Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
25 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed