Creative Design: Graduate

Tower of Resilence

  • Constance R Spotts (Iowa State University)
  • Eulanda A. Sanders (Iowa State University)
  • Ling Zhang orcid logo (Iowa State University)


The southern African country of Namibia house two remarkable communities known for their unwavering resilience: the Herero people and the Angolan giraffe. Both existences were challenged to the brink of extinction by a new population of humans. Both communities survived showing true resilience to adversity. A new threat by humans is the mismanagement of plastic waste, increasing daily. I wondered if a wearable art piece could be designed that brought the success of persistence and conservation back into discussion as a way to highlight the need for new conservation efforts? The design chosen had a colorful wool felted and quilted giraffe center front holding a child’s dress in place. The yellow skirt with patchwork log cabin blocks representing the strength and colorful adaption of the Herero people completed the wearable art piece which highlights perfectly how together we can find success. 

Keywords: Conservation, Africa, Herero, Giraffes

How to Cite:

Spotts, C. R., Sanders, E. A. & Zhang, L., (2024) “Tower of Resilence”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
27 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed