Creative Design: Undergraduate


  • Emily Parrish (Virginia Tech)
  • Peggy P. Quesenberry (Virginia Tech)
  • Doris H. Kincade (Virginia Tech)


Drawing on the imagery of two environmental documentaries, I designed my piece to look and feel as if a glacier were melting as well as to highlight the issues of plastic waste. Materials used for the “glacier” of the design were natural aluminum screen crimped to give a glacial or sculptured look. To hang the glacier on the model's back, a harness was configured from two sets of mounts created from four candy cane shaped pieces of Plexiglas. Plastic wire was created and used to tether the harness pieces together using plastic bottle cap spacers. The same wire process was used to attach the aluminum glacier to the harness. To further emphasize the world's dependency on plastics, disposable water bottles were collected from one person's use over one week and were cut into continuous spirals from top to bottom. The spirals were attached to represent ice melting from the glacier.

How to Cite:

Parrish, E., Quesenberry, P. P. & Kincade, D. H., (2016) “Cryophoenix”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 73(1).

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Published on
11 Nov 2016
Peer Reviewed