Past Winners

June 2019

Claire Chang
Savannah College of Art and Design

This pattern was inspired by the feathered beauties that flew around my childhood home. While all the other kids had dogs and cats running around their homes, I had Australian cockatiels flying around. These birds hold a close place in my heart and will always be a symbol of comfort, happiness, and home.

December 2018

Haritha Yadala
North Carolina State University

This is a contemporary Aztec pattern inspired from the techno music. It is a euphoric themed print for a high energy environment.

June 2018

Meghan Cooper
Savannah College of Art and Design

This design was inspired by the beautiful movement of seaweed that’s created by the currents underwater. The elegant leafy collum builds up the fabric creating depth and space while the colors loosely interpret the reds and purple tones that can be found in certain aquatic plants.

December 2017

Kaylie Kaitschuck
College for Creative Studies

This design was inspired by the weather patterns and mapping in everyday society. It represents humanity, nature, and community within it. This pattern is composed of a singular unit made from couching on a long arm quilting machine. By building up layers and layers, I was able to make my own textile through different dyed yarns. This is a story about everyday life and what we are granted with on a daily basis.

June 2017

Shelby Williams 
Savannah College of Art & Design

Jane Eyre

Ever since reading the book, Jane Eyre, I’ve been inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s novel. Every flower used in the design is mentioned within the book, and the birds are a reference to Jane as she often calls herself a bird of sort.

December 2016

Gina Miller
Savannah College of Art & Design

Bubble Leaves

The inspiration for this repeat pattern comes from learning to let the nuances of nature and the process of creating to show through in a design. I created mono-prints by rolling ink onto various sprigs and leaves and pressing them to paper, and one set stood out with the organic yet defined shapes. I then scanned in the image, inverted and filled the color and began rearranging the sprig to showcase the natural beauty of the mono-print that would not have been reached solely by drawing. The assignment for my screen-printing

class was to utilize only two colors for the design, so I also played around with stretching the values and dimension with a half-tone effect of two different sizes for both a shadow and lattice-work structural grid. The unit for repeat was printed out onto transparency paper and transferred

to my two 23″ x 36″ screens. I screen-printed the design by hand onto 4 yards of cotton poplin with 3.5×11 units with an additional colorway on 4 yards in reverse values of a light green and aqua.

June 2016

Michelle Dunbar
Rhode Island School of Design

Inspired by a handmade paper yarn Japanese Shifu Kimono, I noticed writing from the original paper was visible on the surface of the cloth. Thinking about this idea of hidden stories woven into fabric, I created a series that explored the transition of time and story telling through hand-dyed color gradations and complex, layered surfaces. In this sample I cut long orange yarn floats and used these tails to stuff the triangular pockets.

Although parts of the story have been hidden within the fabric, evidence of their existence is visible through the orange edges on the triangles.

December 2015

Marissa Carey
Savannah College of Art and Design

Major: B.F.A. Fibers

This pattern design developed out of an interest in my environment, specifically the variety of visual information found on the exteriors of houses in Savannah, Georgia. Each home with an individual set of colors, quirks, and textures collaborate to convey an independent personality. When viewed as a community of homes, however, they nestle seamlessly together.

My focus was to capture these qualities by pulling elements from a mixture of the house exteriors and reimagine their interaction through a repeat pattern. These characteristics were then overlapped to evoke a similar experience of walking through the neighborhood streets of Savannah, Georgia.

June 2015

Laerke Michaelsen
Savannah College of Art and Design

The work is inspired from Australian aboriginal and graffiti art. It is a combination of the spontaneous line work of graffiti, and the patient and thought through process of painting with dots, as seen in aboriginal artworks. The colors are mainly drawn from aboriginal inspirations, but the shapes themselves represent the knotted futures of graffiti letters on walls. Together the two very different styles create an untraditional and visually intriguing pattern. Graffiti is a symbol of differences coming together and the melting pot of culture in today’s society.

June 2014

Rachael Powell
Cornell University, Fiber Science and Apparel Design

June 2013

Lauryn Reiners
Savannah College of Art and Design

Fibers Major