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K-State graduate student wins award for innovative purse design for women who use wheelchairs

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

MANHATTAN -- Clarisse Sjoquist, Kansas State University graduate student in apparel and textiles, East Lansing, Mich., received first place for her original purse design in the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Concept to Consumer 2005 Design Competition.

The theme of the competition was "Carry-All" and the contest was divided into three categories: technical, aesthetic and textile design. Sjoquist received the award for her aesthetic design "Fusion . the purse with no limitations." The purse is designed specifically for women who use wheelchairs.

"Most purses for women in wheelchairs are held in the back of the chair, which isn't safe," Sjoquist said. "I designed one where it could sit on the lap in front with straps attached to the hand rails of the wheelchair."

The purse, which offers easy access in front to contents in the purse and use of cellular phones, is also designed for women who lack fine motor skills. In addition, the purse can be used by women who are visually impaired.

Sjoquist will receive a $1,000 reward and a complimentary student registration for the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists International Conference and Exhibition in October where her design will be featured.

She is the daughter of Betty Ching, East Lansing, Mich.

This article was posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design.