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The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) announced its second annual design competition developed by its Concept 2 Consumer (C2C) Interest Group and the Computer Integrated Textile Design Association (CITDA) in August 2005. Submissions for the C2C/CITDA competition were accepted from both graduate and undergraduate students of institutions with textile design programs and those with art, interior design, and fashion merchandising programs. The aim of the competition is to promote innovative product development.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Shades of Comfort,” and the contest was divided into two main categoriesand two sub-categories:

  • Print Design – students are asked to create a digitally rendered textile print collection
    • Interior Design-Decorative Pillows or Throws
    • Apparel Design-Children’s Casual Wear, 2-6x; Spring/Summer Season
  • Product Design – students are asked to create a textile print collection and an actual end product
    • Interior Design-Decorative Pillows or Throws
    • Apparel Design-Children’s Casual Wear, 2-6x; Spring/Summer Season

Entries were evaluated on color, texture, appearance, reproducibility, and overall presentation.

Five finalists in each sub-category were asked to submit story boards and final products for judging on May 1. Winners were announced at AATCC’s C2C Interest Group meeting, held in conjunction with the semi-annual AATCC Committee Meetings on May 3. The winning entries in each sub-category will be awarded $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place. Winners will also receive complimentary student registration for the AATCC International Conference & Exhibition, co-located with MEGATEX, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., October 31-November 2. Winners will be featured in the July issue of AATCC Review.

Winners

Print Design Category, Interior Design Sub-category

  1. 1st place Pretty-Dirty by Andrea Singer, Philadelphia University
  2. 2nd place Fireside by Elizabeth Newcomb, North Carolina State University

Print Design Category, Apparel Design Sub-category

  1. 1st place Best Friends by Carla Rickenbacher, Drexel University
  2. 2nd place Blooming Jungle by Christine Schmitt, Savannah College of Art and Design

Product Design Category, Interior Design Sub-category

  1. 1st place Plush Purples by Jessica Roush, North Carolina State University
  2. 2nd place Fireside by Elizabeth Newcomb, North Carolina State University

Product Design Category, Apparel Design Sub-category

  1. 1st place Spring and Summer Carousel by Colleen Keller, Cornell University
  2. 2nd place Bb is for…Butterfly by Cora D. Smith, North Carolina State University

Judges

  1. Mary N. Brannon, Russell Athletics
  2. Dewey Cabe, Target Corporation
  3. Steve Greenberg, Pointcarré USA
  4. Dory Hogan, Private Consultant
  5. Kerry M. King, [TC]2
  6. Kim Munroe, [TC]2
  7. Townson Smith, Valdese Weavers
  8. David M. Williams, Springs Industries

For complete competition details, contact Suzanne Holmes; e-mail holmes@aatcc.org; telephone +1 919 549 3537.