Creative Design: Undergraduate

New Beginnings

Authors
  • Cecilie Nielsen (Texas Tech University)
  • Ashley Rougeaux-Burnes (Texas Tech University)

Abstract

New Beginnings brings awareness to the struggles of the Ukrainian people while working in the manufacturing field before the war and the loss of jobs as a result of the war. This garment was created in response to a course project challenging students to research the Russia-Ukraine war and utilize the information found to create a business plan for a hypothetical company affected by the war and construct a garment speaking to the effects of the war. While contemplating the design of this ensemble, the designer chose to represent the lifecycle of the cotton crop – one of Ukraine's largest crop exports – in an effort to bring focus back to the valuable resources Ukraine offers the global market. New Beginnings is purposed as a wearable art piece intended to highlight the need for improvement in the workplace for industry professionals and the change needed to end the attacks on Ukraine.

Keywords: surface design, natural dye, cultural reference

How to Cite:

Nielsen, C. & Rougeaux-Burnes, A., (2024) “New Beginnings”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17507

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Published on
27 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed