Creative Design: Professional

Floral Fusion

  • Jean Louise Parsons (University of Missouri)
  • Kristen Deanne Morris (Colorado State University)


Floral Fusion explores the creative possibilities for integration of digital textile print with laser cutting. We previously experimented with the use of laser cutting as a tool to create techniques for adjusting fit and as a beginning point for shape development. The goal of this design inquiry was to use print design as a guide to create textures within the garment and as a tool to create individual print motifs for additional 3-dimensional shapes. The intersection of digital print with laser cutting offers many dimensions for creative work, but also presents challenges when aligning the print with the cutting pattern. The use of silk fabric for printing required supplemental layers to prevent unraveling of cut edges. The design aesthetic of Floral Fusion is intended to create a flow of movement through transitions in print scale, and through the placement of individually laser cut flowers on the dress collar and jacket.

Keywords: design process, laser cutting

How to Cite:

Parsons, J. L. & Morris, K. D., (2019) “Floral Fusion”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019