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ITAA 2020 Virtual Conference November 18 – 20

ITAA 2020 Virtual Conference November 18 – 20

It was an honor to be invited by Rachel Anderson, Texas Tech University, Professor of Apparel Design and Manufacturing, to present our collaborative project Celestial Bodies for the 2020 International Textiles Apparel Association Annual Conference.


ITAA 2020 Virtual Conference November 18 – 20


The International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference promotes project presentations for the discovery, scholarship, application, and exchange of knowledge within textile and apparel design disciplines including meetings, special events, and publications to build a community that make linkages across multiple art and design disciplines as well as geographic, and cultural boundaries.

In 2017, the artist-in-residence, Ismael de Anda III, Rachel Anderson, Assistant Professor of Apparel Design & Manufacturing, and graduate and undergraduate students from the Texas tech University, College of Human Sciences and School of Art collaborated on a temporary installation inside the breezeway of the College of Human Sciences building on campus, as part of the university’s public art collection. The installation was created, involving the local community and local non-profit organizations. Sustainability practices were used through the re-use of community donated t-shirts involving two separate projects using the same group of donated t-shirts.

In 2019, Rachel Anderson led a new team of undergraduate and graduate students to take down the sculpture and increase again the life cycle of the t-shirt components by using them for two different community-based art and fashion education workshops with local non-profit organizations Lubbock Arts Alliance and One Heart Orphan Care. These organizations work together to provide art and fashion education for children in foster care.

Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences: #ttucohs
Texas Tech University School of Art: #ttusoa
Rachel Anderson, MFA, Texas Tech University Assistant Professor Apparel Design: @fuschialand
Lubbock Arts Alliance #lubbockartsalliance