Thanks to the K-State Green Action Fund the LFGI project continued into its second year with a new group apparel production and design specialization students in Dr. Sherry Harr’s AT300 course. Madder root, cochineal, titanium oxide, and logwood came to life on hand-woven cotton made by the weavers in Choa Cruz, Solola, Guatemala. The outcomes from this year’s group will go up for auction in 2020. All funds will return to the project, which includes sustaining our relationship with our weavers.
At the end of July 2019 I went back to my favorite city for the Fashion in Sustainability conference at Regents University London. At this event I presented two posters and held a discussion on sustainable design. I was also able to listen and meet up with fellow LCF MAFE alumnae and lecturers. Other highlights included seeing the new Design Museum (above) and the Colliding Cultures exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. The IWM is always my favorite visit and never fails to leave me with lots of fashion/sustainability inspiration. It is never not worth the visit to Zone 3.
Much love to my original co-panelist Karl Aspelund and Natsai Audrey Chieza who were unable to attend due to family matters. I am very thankful to the group who attended my session, ‘What can we learn from Mars?’ who made it amazing experience.
Indigo Flower, photograph of the chemical reaction in a fructose indigo vat.
The Science to Art platform, supported by BioNexus KC, is a program focused on raising funds for STEAM programs in Kansas City. Photographs are submitted by regional scientist, and juried by an art and science panel. Selected photographs are displayed at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City.
Photographs were auctioned online until the BioNexus KC Annual Dinner in October, 2019. My photo, Indigo Flower, sold for $500.00. The bid was matched, and a total donation of $1000.00 went to STEAM programs in Kansas City.
This sums it up, I’m now Emily Oertling.
Winners from K-State Research and the State Graduate Research Forums go on to present at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) alongside other Regents Universities at the Kansas State Capital.
This was a great experience. I was able to talk to legislators from across the state about creating sustainable supply chains, environmentally friendly dye processes, and the impact of fiber crops. Although my project focused on natural dyes in India, it also utilized hemp. As this was a Kansas – centered event, I highlighted this aspect on my project, to easily talk to about the differences in water, pesticide, and land usage between corn, cotton, and hemp.
After the forum, I was asked by my local Representative, Sydney Carlin, to create documents to help the members of the House understand hemp as a fiber crop. These documents were also shared in the Kansas Senate.
Want to learn more about industrial hemp? See for yourself: Industrial Hemp
Recently receiving a notification from the Textile Society of America (TSA) made me realize that I never shared my presentation from the 2018 TSA Conference in Vancouver, BC.
First, I want to say I loved TSA! There was plenty of great chats on identity, appearance, and textiles. Plus, I got to see my lovely friend Dr. Margaret Ordonez and a fabulous presentation by my former Dean, Dr. Gerry Craig. I met some great textile/identity junkies like myself, including Jen from https://aana-jaana.com/ who works with Himalayan wool handicrafts. Overall, it was a great experience, and I hope to share my work in Guatemala at the conference in Boston.
A warp speed presentation for TSA consists of 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each. My talk was a summary of my master’s work. It focused on the complexities of wear, and the relationship between wear, the body, and society.
To see the presentation: Local Wear, TSA
This work was shared with Eleanor Hannan, at Wilson School of Design in Vancouver, who requested its use in her Art of Mending course in May 2019.
The Local Fashion, Global Impact (LFGI) project was awarded $2,400 from the K-State Green Action Fund. This fund supports student lead initiatives that promote sustainability on campus. Funds from this award will allow for the LFGI project to be incorporated into the Apparel Production I classroom for a second year. The fund will cover materials used in class, including another order of fabric to support the women living in Choa Cruz, Guatemala.
I wanted to be sure there were funds available to continue this project after I graduate. Creating a sustainable supply chain in a classroom, that would ultimately end when I graduate doesn’t do anyone any good!
Thus, there is a new addition to this project! The creation of a Sustainable Apparel Project Fund. Garments from this project will be available for sale, and all monies will be introduced back into a fund to help support this project, and other sustainable projects in the department.
Student work will be on display on October 21st, 2019, for this year’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. Similar to last year’s event, this year’s activities will focus on teaching the campus community about sustainability in the fashion industry.
For more details about the proposal see, Green Action Fund Proposal
I have the honor of being the 2018 – 2019 Graduate Student Council President. I wish all of the graduate students a prosperous future. Thank you for all of your service and your contributions to making Manhattan, Kansas a beautiful community.
Role: Coordinator, Instructor, MC, PR
Partners: Connected Fair Trade, The Sewing Workshop, 4 All Humanity, Fenceline Fabrics, Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design at K-State, Montclair State University Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship
Date: August – September 2018, Panel Discussion October 15th, 2018
Fall 2018 Apparel Production I students were instructed through a sustainable design project. The project utilized fabric made in Choa Cruz, Guatemala, courtesy of Zoe Schumm with 4 All Humanity, and was natural dyed with the leadership of Dr. Sherry Haar. The leave motifs were created with leaves from the K-State Tree Walk and the Manhattan City Park Tree Walk. Students work was on display for Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Week hosted by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at MSU. The project concluded with a panel discussion on Women’s Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Kansas.
Students are currently completing their looks with donations from our panelist Linda Lee. Garments will be on display at the ATID Showcase of Excellence in the Spring.
Fall 2018 AT300 Students
Role: Co-Chair, Graduate Student Council President
Partners: Jordan Kiehl (Student Governing Association President), Provost Charles Taber, Dr. Pat Bosco (Vice President of Student Life), Lynn Carlin (Special Assistant to the Provost), Craig Bourne (Executive Assistant to the Provost), Huron Consulting Group
Date: Launch November 16th, 2018. Role ends with the completion of the GSC Presidential term in May 2019
A SEM working group comprised of twenty students has been organized at the request of the Provost Office. Students on this working group will be serving on various task forces that will work to develop and brighten the future of K-State for all students. These task forces include Out-of-State Recruitment, Marketing and Communications, Transfer Students, Student Success, Graduate, Global, and International Students, Enrollment Data, Technology, and Systems.
Members of the working group will meet with their assigned taskforce but also come together on a periodic basis to debrief, share in ideas and thoughts, and speak on student concerns.