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Haar wins three awards for research, design work in natural dye

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sherry Haar's Summer Harvest design won awards for sustainable design and textile design.

Sherry Haar's Summer Harvest  won awards for sustainable design and textile design.

Sherry Haar has received three international awards for her research and design scholarship in natural dye, including a design created from dye plants from her garden.

She was recognized at the annual conference and design exhibition of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), Santa Fe, NM, this month. Awards are:

  • Hutton Award for Continuing Fiber Traditions Research for her scholarship presentation titled, Plant Placement: Imagery from Plant Chlorophyll and Mechanical Methods,
  • Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices Award for Sustainable Design for her original textile and apparel design called Summer Harvest,
  • Summer Harvest also won the ATEXINC Award for Excellence in Marketable Textile Design.

Haar, professor in the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design in the College of Human Ecology, explores low-tech methods of creating color, image, and pattern with regional plants on textiles, as well as analyzing treatments to improve colorfastness. The award winning presentation showcased research of creating imagery through plant pounding; that is, hammering the plant pigment onto fiber.

Summer Harvest featured the method of bundling plant species from Haar’s garden and using steam to extract the color.

The purpose of the ITAA design exhibition is to provide an arena for design scholarship to be recognized by a jury of peers for contribution to the field of textile and/or apparel design and to provide a venue for sharing the contribution. Submissions are juried for acceptance into the exhibition with a 30 percent acceptance rate and then are reviewed by a panel of judges for awards.

This article was posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News.