Ommatidia

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2017-01-01
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Rougeaux-Burnes, Ashley
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Ommatidia is made up of a tent style dress and an oversized jacket. The goal of this design was to experiment with a variety of surface design treatments to create original textiles. The dress in this ensemble was inspired by the individual round sections of an insect’s compound eye, or ommatidium, which function as separate visual receptors. This concept was used to create the original pattern on this dress, which was completed using an eight-color screen print. The jacket was inspired by the hard shell of an insect, like that of a beetle. These shells are often made of mesmerizing patterns and colors and serve as protection for their owner, much like outerwear protects the consumer. This geometric pattern was first designed on Adobe Illustrator. The necessary shapes for the print were laser cut from neoprene fabric, draped onto the finished garment, and hand stitched into place.

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