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Janie Woodbridge

Asst Professor

Textiles Complex NA

Grants

Date: 01/01/22 - 12/31/22
Amount: $41,477.00
Funding Agencies: Cotton, Inc.

“Cotton, Circularity and the Industry Gone Digital” will engage students in a competition and exhibition centered on the theme of cotton and circularity in a digital industry. In the wake of a global pandemic, the use of digital visualizations, simulations, and 3D representations has dramatically increased in textile-related fields, creating novel challenges for cotton and cotton rich products, which are so highly valued for their tactile attributes. How do we convey the fundamental, intrinsic qualities and strengths of cotton in a digital landscape? For the competition, students will address cotton sustainability and the use of 3D design/simulation in developing innovative, unique cotton fabrics and products. This project will involve: a) development of teaching content, b) experiential learning opportunities, c) student development of innovative cotton fabrics and products, d) student development of virtual presentations showcasing their cotton and cotton rich products and creation process, and e) student participation in a design/presentation competition. Through engaging with project activities, textile and apparel students will advance their understanding of and appreciation for cotton and its value in textiles and products. Approximately 200 students will be directly involved in the project through classes, and more students will benefit through project activities and student outputs. The project will culminate in an exhibition of student work and reception/award ceremony on NC State campus where it can be experienced by the larger campus community.

Date: 01/01/21 - 12/31/21
Amount: $38,850.00
Funding Agencies: Cotton, Inc.

“Cotton for Universal Design” will engage students in a textile design competition and exhibition centered on the theme of universal design. Also referred to as inclusive design, universal design is used to create safe and accessible environments for the broadest spectrum of people. Given the versatility and durable nature of cotton fiber, as well as its advantage in providing comfort both aesthetically and functionally, cotton fabrics are uniquely suited to address a wide range of needs. For the competition, students will choose from one of three design briefs to develop innovative cotton fabrics and products for the home that encompass comfort, aesthetics, and performance. The design briefs will be categorized by three lifestage household groups: 1. Younger Years: Emerging professionals, college students 2. Family Life: Homes with infants, children, or tweens/teens 3. Mature Years: Empty nesters, retirees, elderly Students will be challenged to research the needs of a population to determine how cotton textile products can be developed to support the health and well-being of a chosen demographic. Lectures with industry experts, workshops, and field trips will be added to existing courses to increase students’ awareness and understanding of cotton fiber, yarns, materials, consumer needs, and performance finishes. In addition, we will educate students about cotton rich products that meet the needs of all people, regardless of age, size, ability or disability. This project will involve: a) the development of teaching content centered on cotton production and products in the United States and how they relate to universal design concepts, cotton fiber production, fiber characteristics, global supply chain, sustainability, novel fabrication and performance technologies, b) real time learning experiences through virtual presentations by industry experts and in-person or virtual field trips, c) student development of innovative woven, knitted and printed cotton fabrics and products centered around the theme of universal design, natural advantages of cotton fibers, functional attributes and aesthetic qualities in decorative home furnishings, and d) student participation in an online competition. The project will culminate in an exhibition of student work and award ceremony held online, or at ITA SHOWTIME in High Point, N.C. in November 2021.

Date: 01/01/20 - 12/31/20
Amount: $40,760.00
Funding Agencies: Cotton, Inc.

“Leveraging Heritage and Delivering High Performance Textiles” will challenge textile students to find inspiration from historic United States Cotton products and re-interpret them for the high performance needs of today's home products. Building off the success of our last proposal “Fiber to Fabric for Home Furnishings,” this project will encourage students to develop innovative cotton fabrics and products for the home that encompass the comfort, aesthetics and performance demanded by modern lifestyles and consumers while additionally learning from the history of Cotton Production. Special lectures with industry experts, workshops, and field trips will be added to existing courses to increase student’s awareness and understanding of cotton fiber, yarns, materials and performance finishes as well as the historical development of cotton rich products in the United States. This project will involve: a) the development of teaching content centered on cotton fiber history, production, fiber characteristics, global supply chain, sustainability, novel fabrication and performance technologies, b) real time learning experiences through field trips and presentations by industry experts, c) student development of innovative woven, knitted and printed cotton fabrics and products centered around the natural advantages of cotton fibers, functional attributes and aesthetic qualities in decorative home furnishings, and d) student participation in Home Furnishing related events. The project will culminate in an installation of student work at ITA SHOWTIME in High Point, N.C. on November 15-17, 2020. (http://internationaltextilealliance.org/showtime/).

Date: 01/01/19 - 12/31/19
Amount: $18,026.00
Funding Agencies: Cotton, Inc.

As innovation continues to influence the global apparel industry, engaging students in emerging technologies is both a goal and a challenge for higher education. The opportunity that 3D technologies bring to apparel design are widely noted. However, the technology is costly and requires considerable resources and skills often difficult to provide in traditional classroom settings. The aim of this project is to integrate 3D design for 100% cotton garments into both the Fashion and Textile Design (FTD) and Fashion and Textile Management (FTM) Curricula. Specifically, the project for will incorporate students from five unique courses to generate and evaluate 3D garment designs with cotton fabrics [Spring: FTD 105 (N=32), FTM 460(N=70) TTM 591 (N=10) • Fall: FTD104(N= 32), FTD321(N=16)].Fashion and textile design, fashion and textile marketing students, and textile technology management students will participate in this effort. TTM students will use CLO 3D to create a digital library of 100% cotton fabrics (www.clo3d.com). They will use those fabrics to build 3D simulations showing a variety of apparel applications for cotton. FTM students will build an instrument (survey based) to evaluate the 3D models which will be distributed to FTD students to explore the technology for 100% cotton garment design. Images and video of 3D fabrics and garments will then be used to create a learning module demonstrating uses of cotton in apparel applications that can be used in subsequent semesters.

Date: 01/01/19 - 12/31/19
Amount: $36,685.00
Funding Agencies: Cotton, Inc.

“Fiber to Fabric for Home Furnishings” will challenge textile students to develop innovative cotton fabrics and products for the home that encompass the comfort, aesthetics and performance demanded by modern lifestyles and consumers. Special lectures with industry experts, workshops, and field trips will be added to existing courses to increase student’s awareness and understanding of cotton fiber, yarns, materials and performance finishes. This project will involve: a) the development of teaching content centered on cotton fiber production, fiber characteristics, global supply chain, sustainability, novel fabrication and performance technologies, b) real time learning experiences through field trips and presentations by industry experts, c) student development of innovative woven, knitted and printed cotton fabrics and products centered around the natural advantages of cotton fibers, functional attributes and aesthetic qualities in decorative home furnishings, and d) student participation in Home Furnishing related events. The project will culminate in an installation of student work at ITA SHOWTIME in High Point, N.C. on December 8 – 11, 2019 (http://internationaltextilealliance.org/showtime/).


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