Posted on: April 21, 2016
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I create my work as a love letter to the universe. I use the medium of textiles and garments to discuss the vastness and complexity of our planet, specifically its geologic history. In my thesis body of work, I explore the processes and origins of specific rocks and formations whose complexities fascinate me.

Schist: When minerals are heated and compressed, they re-crystalize into metamorphic rocks such as schist. Through the processes of knitting and then felting the resulting fabric, I investigate this change in structure and texture.

Erratic: Glacial erratics are large boulders that have been carried long distances by glaciers. I knitted and draped a fabric to capture the complexities of the surface of these boulders.

Xenolith: When magma cools while surrounding pre-existing rock, the pre-existing rock is heated and recrystalized, forming a xenolith. I use knit appliqu� to represent this change into a more crystaline structure.

Erosion: This dress and jacket speak about the process of erosion. The decay of the structure of the knit as the layers descend suggests the structural decay of a rock formation. The colors are indicative of the staining present on eroding iron-rich rocks in a marine environment.

Chinle: In the Painted Desert in Arizona, the Chinle Formation creates a striking landscape of brilliantly colored horizontal bands. The interaction of the stripe and visual texture of the mountains combine with the intense blue of the sky in this garment.

Emily Koerner

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BFA Student

Major: Textile & Fashion Design

Graduation Year: 2016