The Eckert Herbarium is a collection of over 16,000 preserved specimens of vascular plants and fungi @buffalostate .This collection was assembled to support instruction in the Biology Department, but Carol Townsend, associate professor of Art & Design, and Jim Battaglia, research associate at the herbarium, had another idea – use specimens as inspiration for student projects. By last spring, Townsend’s students were using specimens as subjects for drawings, which then became distinctive design motifs with each student creating a portfolio of symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns.
Townsend then contacted the faculty in the Fashion and Textile Technology Department to discuss a further collaboration. 13 designs developed by her Design 101 students were chosen to be scanned and given to students in a surface design class. The surface design students were charged with developing a surface print appropriate for a garment using the scanned images from the Design 101 work.
Once completed, the @buffalostateftt faculty contracted to print yardage of the completed surface design patterns. Students in the construction courses were given a portion of the custom printed fabric to create the final design. These designs will be highlighted during @bscrunway, a professionally produced show to be held THIS SATURDAY on campus!
More information: http://runway.buffalostate.edu/
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Art & Design students:
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