2011 Design M.F.A. Exhibition
Working with renowned design faculty, M.F.A. students explore the broader topic of “Design” through a specific design discipline, drawing on collaborations with the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. It showcases M.F.A. candidates’ final research and creative projects.
Produce: Packaging Design for a New Generation of Small Farms
Rachel Smith illustrates America’s transition from small agriculture to industrialized farming, and creates a packaging campaign for a new generation of small farms. The visual elements draw on historical designs from the 1920’s through the 1950’s used to promote the products of individual farms, before consolidation led to the centralization of agricultural production, processing and distribution.
Examining the recent trend towards smaller agriculture operations, she utilizes the vintage appearance of lug labels and the cultural/visual identification with small agricultural operations and juxtaposes them against negative attitudes towards large-scale industrial operations and their damaging effects. For more information about her research and design, please visit: www.rachelofthesmiths.com
Snap, Zip, Wrap: Fashion Design for Diverse Bodies
Elizabeth Kaino Hopper presents women’s business garments that snap, zip, and wrap around the body for comfort and easy dressing. Kaino’s innovative designs demonstrate the theories of Universal and Inclusive Design as applied to the field of fashion, making garments more accessible to a wider range of women with diverse bodies and diverse mobility levels. This show also documents her design process revealing environmentally and socially responsible practices, including naturally dyed fabrics, no-waste patterning, and re-purposed textile treasures.
For more details and a free downloadable pattern, visit: http://www.ekaino.com