White Noise: An Apparel Narrative showcases the creative design work of Tyler Klene, graduate student in the Department of Design and Merchandising. This exhibition presents his evening wear collection oriented around the idea of subtle, ever-present, environmental noise.
Klene employs surface design techniques to reference noise including digitally designed and printed noise-making insects such as cicadas, honey bees, and beetles. In addition, there are computer-driven lights incorporated into areas of the designs that activate or light up in response to voices or ambient noise happening close to the dresses.
In many cases, dresses for formal occasions are created using volumes of expensive fabrics and time-intensive techniques. Klene’s designs are voluminous creations that are brilliantly detailed, and at the same time have a humorous element as a result of the blinking technology and/or bugs printed on silk.
Klene began undergraduate work in architectural engineering and later changed direction to work more broadly with textile materials. He completed an undergraduate degree in apparel design and production, and this exhibition features the results of his graduate design research for the master’s degree. Klene’s range of abilities is broad and includes spinning, knitting, dyeing, printing, embroidery, pattern drafting, corsetry, and wearable technology.
Viewers will find colors and shapes used in spontaneous combinations, resulting in a joyous expression of creativity.
The Gustafson Gallery features regular exhibitions of creative student and faculty apparel design and merchandising scholarship