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The first national meeting of textile and clothing professors took place in Madison, Wisconsin in June 1959. With a mission to advance excellence in education, scholarship and innovation, and their global applications, the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) is a professional and educational association of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.
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The purpose of Gratitude was to (1) explore the themes of agency and structure through silhouette and (2) repurpose discarded food waste as a natural textile dye. Gratitude is part of a larger collection that explored my personal history and temporary existence; reflected in garments that are similarly ephemeral and personal. This collection is comprised of fully biodegradable garments, using only natural textiles, thread, and findings. Each piece is displayed on a dress form created from a 3D body scan of myself and made from a biodegradable wood composite.