The inherent beauty found in fine textiles combined with the challenge of using recycled materials inspire guest artist Linda Örhn McDaniel, a professor of textile and apparel design in the Fashion School at Kent State University.
The concept of environmental sustainability is central to McDaniel’s design work. She uses discarded clothing and scraps of fabric from her own studio as materials for new fashion designs, in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable design practices. She creates fashion that is sustainable, wearable, beautiful, and fashionable.
A stunning design created from strips of recycled T-shirts, and an evening dress made primarily of collars and cuffs harvested from a tall stack of upcycled men’s shirts are among the beautiful textile items showing in this exhibit of McDaniel’s creativity.
Linda Örhn McDaniel will be in attendance at the opening reception on April 24 to interact with gallery viewers about her work.
The Gustafson Gallery features regular exhibitions of creative student and faculty apparel design and merchandising scholarship